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'The Voice': Jermaine Paul finale ratings a little pitchy for NBC

May 9, 2012 |  1:13 pm


Were the ratings good for Tuesday's finale of "The Voice," won by Jermaine Paul? That depends on how you look at the numbers.

On the bright side, the two-hour extravaganza scored 11.6 million viewers, up 5% from last season's closer for NBC's singing contest, according to Nielsen. Among adults 18 to 49, the show rose an impressive 16%.

But here's the problem: Last season's finale came in late June, when TV viewing, thanks to summer vacations and longer days, is as much as one-third lower than it is in early May. That means "The Voice" actually underperformed when the so-called "homes using television" factor -- "HUTs" in industry-speak -- is thrown in.

Given that NBC is hoping "The Voice" can ring loudly for years to come, the latest results have to be giving certain TV executives a case of the shakes.

What did you think of the finale?


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Photo: Blake Shelton, left, country singer and mentor, congratulates Jermaine Paul on winning "The Voice." Credit: Justin Lubin / NBC