TV ratings: 'New Girl,' 'Mindy Project' rise in season finales

TV ratings: 'New Girl,' 'Mindy Project' rise in season finales
Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in the Season 3 finale of "New Girl." (Patrick McElhenney / Fox)

In Tuesday night's comedy ratings battle, Fox's numbers were up thanks to season finales, while ABC's and NBC's were down. Meanwhile, CBS was the top network with its dramas "NCIS," "NCIS: L.A." and "Person of Interest." 

Fox's Season 3 finale of "New Girl" earned a 1.2 in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, up 9% from last week, while "The Mindy Project" gained 18% for a 1.3 in its second-season closer, according to early numbers from Nielsen. This as the network's "Glee" continued to languish at a low 0.8 in the 18-49 demo, in which a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers. 

ABC's "The Goldbergs" dropped from last week, down 24% to a 1.3, its lowest number yet, though that number still gave it a slight edge on "New Girl," its direct competitor. Also, "Trophy Wife" fell 30% to a low of 0.7. On ABC's non-comedy front, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." dipped 14% to a 1.8. "Celebrity Wife Swap," on the positive side, gained 13% for a 0.9. 

CBS won the night among the big four networks, averaging 13.4 million viewers overall and a 2.1 in the 18-49 demographic. Though "NCIS" slipped a bit from last week to a 2.3, it was just a tenth of a point shy of NBC's "The Voice" for the first time ever, helped by the fact that the sing-off was 11% lower this time around. "The Voice" was again Tuesday's top show in 18-49.

NBC's "Voice"-backed comedies slipped as well, with "About A Boy" down 6% to a 1.5 (better than its time-slot comedy competition "New Girl" and "The Goldbergs") and "Growing Up Fisher" 14% weaker at a 1.2. "Chicago Fire" continued its strong run at a 1.9, up slightly from last week.