TV Ratings Tuesday: 'The Voice' Quiets Down; 'NCIS' Pair Hit Season Lows; 'Glee,' 'Good Wife' Fall; 'Raising Hope,' 'Body Of Proof' Rise

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May 11th, 2011

Scoreboard NBC CBS FOX ABC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/9 2.8/8 2.7/8 2.4/7 1.3/4 0.5/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.6/8 1.7/5 2.7/9 1.6/5 1.2/4 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.966 14.479 6.720 12.820 3.311 1.299

The third episode of NBC's The Voice led Tuesday night with a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating, but that was down 19% from last week. From 8-10pm, The Biggest Loser: Couples drew a 2.6 rating, down a tenth vs. last week's one hour episode. Even with the decline in The Voice, NBC topped Tuesday's adults 18-49 ratings for the third straight week.

CBS's NCIS fell 5% to a season low 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, while NCIS:LA dropped 3% to a 2.8 rating, also a season low. After a big jump last week, The Good Wife came back to earth, falling 17% to a more typical 2.0 rating.

ABC's Dancing with the Stars Results show rose 7% to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, while Body Of Proof recovered a bit, its 2.1 rating was up a tenth vs. last week.

Fox's Glee drew a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth (3%) vs. last week. While Raising Hope's 2.2 rating jumped 22% over last week's. That's interesting increase considering the Glee decline. Commenter Julia, far more attentive than I, notes that RH faced The Voice last week and Biggest Loser this week. Traffic Light (already cancelled) also saw a bounce, up 27% to a still woeful 1.4 rating.

On the CW, One Tree Hill's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating was the same as last week, as was Hellcats 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, May 10, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX Glee 3.4 11 8.711
CBS NCIS 3.3 11 16.450
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPLES 2.2 7 6.326
ABC Dancing with the Stars SP 1.8 6 10.294
CW One Tree Hill 0.6 2 1.405
8:30 FOX Glee 3.8 11 9.465
CBS NCIS 3.6 11 17.749
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPLES 2.4 7 6.346
ABC Dancing with the Stars SP 2.2 6 11.810
CW One Tree Hill 0.6 2 1.359
9:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars RESULTS 3.1 8 16.684
CBS NCIS:  LOS ANGELES 2.9 8 15.021
FOX Raising Hope 2.2 6 5.445
CW HELLCATS 0.5 1 1.228
CBS NCIS:  LOS ANGELES 2.8 7 14.468
CW HELLCATS 0.5 1 1.205
10:00 NBC The Voice 4.5 12 10.167
ABC Body Of Proof 2.3 6 11.049
CBS THE Good Wife 2.0 5 11.933
10:30 NBC THE VOICE 4.7 13 10.417
ABC Body Of Proof 2.0 5 9.551
CBS THE Good Wife 1.9 5 11.252

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," 3.3/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.6/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/6.

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," 1.2/5; 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" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.8/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 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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