jermaine-paul-the-voice-season-2-finale-ratings.JPGFast National ratings for Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The finale of “The Voice” improved on its ratings from a year ago, carrying NBC to a victory among adults 18-49 for the night. “Glee” and the “New Girl” season finale also were up compared to last week, and “NCIS” was up some in total viewers.

On the down side, “Private Practice” took a pretty sizable hit opposite “The Voice” and the season finale of “Unforgettable” on CBS. “Dancing With the Stars” was also down a little.

CBS averaged 14.35 million viewers and a 9.2 rating/15 share in households to lead Tuesday’s overall race. NBC (9.2 million, 5.5/9) finished second, beating out ABC (8.35 million, 5.6/9). FOX came in fourth with 5.5 million viewers and a 3.4/5, while The CW drew 1 million people and a 0.7/1.

NBC scored a 3.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, topping CBS’ 2.7. FOX finished third with a 2.4, followed by ABC, 1.8, and The CW, 0.4.

]]>8 p.m. CBS: “NCIS” (17.8 million viewers, 11.5/19 households)
FOX: “Glee” (6.5 million, 4.0/6)
ABC: “Last Man Standing” season finale (6.6 million, 4.2/7)/”Cougar Town” (4.7 million, 3.1/5)
NBC: “Fashion Star” (4.4 million, 2.9/5)
The CW: “90210” (1.3 million, 0.9/1) 18-49 leader: “NCIS” (3.0) 9 p.m. CBS: “NCIS: Los Angeles” (14.5 million, 9.1/14)
ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” results (13.3 million, 8.8/13)
NBC: “The Voice” season finale (10.9 million, 6.4/10)
FOX: “New Girl” season finale (5.5 million, 3.4/5)/”New Girl” rerun (3.4 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: “The L.A. Complex” (678,000, 0.5/1) 18-49 leader: “The Voice” (4.1) 10 p.m. NBC: “The Voice” season finale (12.25 million, 7.2/12)
CBS: “Unforgettable” season finale (10.7 million, 7.0/11)
ABC: “Private Practice” (6.1 million, 4.4/7) 18-49 leader: “The Voice” (4.5) Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable