By James Hibberd
Updated December 19, 2012 at 05:08 PM EST
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NBC’s The Voice finished its first fall edition with a triumphant finale performance.

The two-hour live closer delivered 14 million viewers and a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49, making it the most-watched and highest-rated Voice finale yet — and that includes last spring’s edition, which received a significant initial boost premiering out of the Super Bowl. The Voice was up 11 percent to a season high Tuesday evening and crowned winner Cassadee Pope.

NBC took a risk doubling down with The Voice, deciding to run the relatively new hit twice a year. But so far it’s paid off. The Voice’s third cycle outshined the second round of Fox’s rival X-Factor and helped NBC reverse a nine-year fall losing trend. Now the network has to see if it can maintain its momentum going into the new year.

Despite NBC’s strong performance, CBS’ dramas improved. NCIS, NCIS: LA and Vegas all posted gains ranging from 7 to 18 percent, climbing from last week’s season lows. ABC’s block continued to perform modestly, even with another airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas to get the night started. Fox got out of the way, running comedy repeats.

Full chart:

ADULT DEMO RANK

ADULTS 18-49 RATING

TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)

FOX

8:00P

RAISING HOPE

R

#10

1.0

2,534

8:30P

BEN & KATE

R

#11t

0.8

1,980

9:00P

NEW GIRL

R

#11t

0.8

1,752

9:30P

MINDY PROJECT

R

#13

0.6

1,458

ABC

8-9P

CHARLIE BROWN XMAS

RS

#5

1.7

5,838

9:00P

HAPPY ENDINGS

#7

1.3

3,176

9:30P

APT 23

#9

1.1

2,550

10-11P

PRIVATE

#8

1.2

3,769

CBS

8-9P

NCIS

#2

3.3

19,409

9-10P

NCIS:LA

#3

2.9

15,358

10-11P

VEGA

#6

1.6

9,782

NBC

8-9P

VOICE 12/18

RS

#4

2.4

8,065

9-11P

VOICE FINALE

#1

4.9

14,044

CW

8-10P

MUPPET XMAS

S

#14

0.5

1,441

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