A trio of season finales lifted
The Season 11 finale of CBS'
If ratings hold, that will mark the first time "NCIS" has beaten the popular singing contest in 18-49 in direct competition.
However, this "NCIS" season closer was down 24% from last year's finale.
At a 2.5 in 18-49,
CBS beat its broadcast rivals by averaging 14.1 million viewers in prime time and a 2.3 in 18-49, in which a ratings point equals about 1.3 million people. Second-place NBC, powered by "The Voice," "About a Boy" and
On Fox, the new improv comedy show "Riot" bombed in its debut, pulling in just 1.3 million viewers in total and a 0.5 in 18-49. In the key age group, that's the network's lowest-rated premiere ever. It didn't help that "Riot" premiered behind the series finale of
NBC's "Voice" held steady with last week at a 2.5 as the three finalists were named, followed by a double dose of "About a Boy," which ended its season with a 1.7 at 9 p.m. and a 1.5 at 9:30 p.m. "Chicago Fire's" finale improved 12% from last year to a 1.7.