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TV Ratings Tuesday: NCIS Duo Steady; 'Unforgettable,' 'Glee,' 'New Girl' Steady-ish; 'Last Man Standing' Falls Far + 'Biggest Loser' Finale

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December 14th, 2011

Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 2.9/8 2.9/8 2.2/6 1.5/4 1.4/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.0/9 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.0/3 1.5/5 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.496 15.525 6.954 5.280 3.484 .712

CBS and Fox split the night's honors and were tied with adults 18-49. Fox led with adults 18-34 and CBS won with total viewers.

NCIS's 3.5 adults 18-49 rating was even with its last original all the way back on November 22. NCIS: Los Angeles averaged a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, also even with its last original on November 22. Still, those results tie season lows with adults 18-49 for both shows (though NCIS: LA had its best total audience numbers since its premiere).  Unforgettable was down a tenth from its last original to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, a season/series low.

Glee and New Girl were each down a tenth from last Tuesday's final numbers to 2.9 and 3.3 adults 18-49 ratings respectively (note, last week Glee wass adjusted up a tenth in the finals). Raising Hope was up a tenth from last week to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

A new episode of Last Man Standing at 8pm was the only new program on ABC's lineup last night, and that didn't prove kind as it was down half an adults 18-49 rating point from last week to a series-low 2.2 rating.  On the plus side, the repeat that followed did nearly as well (2.0).

The season finale of The Biggest Loser drew a season-high 2.7 adults 18-49 rating between 9-11p, up 0.5 from last week's 9-11p telecast.  But that still was down 33% from last year's fall finale and is the lowest fall finale ever for the show. William & Kate might be great, but a special inside look at the Royal marriage at 8pm on NBC averaged just a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, December 13, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.5/10 19.03
FOX Glee 2.9/8 7.05
ABC Last Man Standing 2.2/6 7.46
NBC William & Kate: Inside the Royal Marriage 1.2/4 5.31
CW 90210 (R) 0.3/1 0.82
8:30 ABC Last Man Standing (R) 2.0/5 6.12
9:00 FOX The New Girl 3.3/8 6.79
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.0/8 16.35
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.5/6 7.50
ABC The Middle (R) 1.5/4 4.61
CW Ringer (R) 0.2/1 0.60
9:30 FOX Raising Hope 2.3/6 5.10
ABC Suburgatory (R) 1.3/3 3.82
10:00 NBC The Biggest Loser 2.8/8 8.05
CBS Unforgettable 2.1/6 11.20
ABC Body Of Proof (R) 1.0/3 4.83

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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," 3.0/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.1/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.5/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

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