TV Ratings Tuesday: 'The Voice' Starts Strong, NBC Tops Night; 'Glee,' 'Raising Hope,' 'Body Of Proof,' 'Hellcats' Hit Lows

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April 27th, 2011

Scoreboard NBC FOX ABC CBS Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.3/11 3.0/8 2.7/7 1.9/5 1.4/4 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.4/10 3.1/9 1.6/5 1.1/3 1.5/4 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.342 7.551 14.301 9.788 3.423 1.302

The premiere of NBC's The Voice was strong, averaging a 5.1 adults 18-49 rating, leading NBC to top the nights 18-49 ratings. Our polled readers were caught guessing low. For historical perspective, that's 4% better than the premiere of the now MIA The Marriage Ref 0n 2/28/10. It was NBC's strongest series premiere since 2009's The Jay Leno Show's 5.3 rating following 2008's American Gladiator's 5.9 rating. At 8pm, a special timeslot one hour The Biggest Loser rose 17% vs. last week to a 2.7 rating.

The Dancing with the Stars recap show at 8pm drew a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, more than twice what the now cancelled Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution got last week. The regular Dancing with the Stars results show drew a 3.5 rating, up 17% from last week. Body Of Proof slipped a tenth of a point from last week to a 2.3 rating.

Fox's Glee fell another 11% after last week's drop, to a season low 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. And Raising Hope fell 10% to a series low 1.9 rating.

On the CW, One Tree Hill's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating was even with last week, while Hellcats 0.4 adults 18-49 rating was a series low for an original episode.

Note that the CW was pre-empted in Chicago last night (Cubs baseball), and their preliminary numbers are more likely than usual to be adjusted downwards.

CBS was in all repeats Tuesday.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, April 26, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX Glee 3.5 11 8.689
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPLES 2.4 7 7.051
ABC Dancing with the Stars: RECAP 2.3 7 12.297
CBS NCIS - R 1.9 6 10.611
CW One Tree Hill 0.7 2 1.572
8:30 FOX Glee 3.3 9 8.323
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPLES 2.9 8 7.943
ABC Dancing with the Stars: RECAP 2.6 7 13.396
CBS NCIS - R 2.2 6 11.673
CW One Tree Hill 0.7 2 1.512
9:00 NBC The Voice 4.6 12 11.004
ABC Dancing with the Stars RESULTS 3.4 9 17.411
FOX Glee 3.4 9 8.594
CBS NCIS:  LOS ANGELES - R 2.0 5 10.161
CW HELLCATS 0.4 1 1.073
9:30 NBC The Voice 5.1 12 11.729
CBS NCIS:  LOS ANGELES - R 2.0 5 10.269
FOX Raising Hope 1.9 5 4.599
CW HELLCATS 0.4 1 1.051
10:00 NBC The Voice 5.4 13 12.271
ABC Body Of Proof 2.5 6 12.831
CBS THE Mentalist - R 1.6 4 8.299
10:30 NBC The Voice 5.4 14 12.057
ABC Body Of Proof 2.1 5 11.288
CBS THE Mentalist - R 1.5 4 7.717

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.4/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.8/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/6.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.2/5; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1 with an encore).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.1/5 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.5/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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