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TV Ratings Tuesday: 'The Voice' and 'Glee' Sing Higher; 'The Good Wife' Perks Up, But NCIS Duo Slips; Dancing Results Droop

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May 4th, 2011

Scoreboard NBC CBS FOX ABC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.6/12 2.9/8 2.6/7 2.2/6 1.5/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.8/11 1.8/5 2.6/8 1.3/4 1.5/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.702 14.543 6.281 11.755 3.548 1.103

NBC is dancing and singing in the halls of 30 Rock. NBC's The Voice was up 10% with adults 18-49 from its premiere to an impressive 5.6 adults 18-49 rating from 9-11p, and NBC won the night with adults 18-49.  The Biggest Loser was flat versus last week.

CBS led with total viewers but the NCIS duo was down, with the original down 10% and NCIS: Los Angeles down 12%. But The Good Wife was up 20% to its best ratings with adults 18-49 since October.  Body Of Proof didn't have nearly as good of a time of it and it was down another 9% to a series low in its regular time slot.  Earlier in the night, the Dancing with the Stars Results Show was down 19% to a season low 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Glee was up 6% from last week's supersized episode, and Raising Hope was up 6% vs. last week's special 9:30pm airing, but its 1.9 adults 18-49 rating last night was nothing to sing about. The sure to be canceled Traffic Light was down another 8% from its last original two weeks ago to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, May 3, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Glee 3.6/10 8.61
CBS NCIS 3.5/10 17.32
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.6/8 7.35
ABC Dancing with the Stars Recap 1.8/5 9.27
CW One Tree Hill 0.6/2 1.24
9:00 NBC The Voice 5.4/14 12.08
ABC Dancing with the Stars Results 2.9/7 15.60
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.9/7 14.05
FOX Raising Hope 1.9/5 4.92
CW Hellcats 0.4/1 0.97
9:30 FOX Traffic Light 1.2/3 2.98
10:00 NBC The Voice 5.8/15 12.68
CBS The Good Wife 2.4/6 12.26
ABC Body Of Proof 2.0/5 10.39

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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," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 4.2/10; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/6.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.2/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.3/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

• At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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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Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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