TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Glee,' 'New Girl' Rise, 'Ringer' Returns Steady At Series Low

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February 1st, 2012

Scoreboard FOX CBS Uni ABC NBC CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.2/8 1.7/5 1.6/4 1.6/4 1.6/4 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.1/10 0.8/2 1.7/5 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.495 10.615 3.597 5.544 4.833 1.403

After last Tuesday was jumbled by the State Of The Union speech, the broadcast networks were still relatively light with new episodes leading into the February sweeps period which begins on Thursday night.

Fox was all new with their regular line up and topped the adults 18-49 ratings on the night. After a week off Glee had a 3.6 adults 18-49, up 16% vs. a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating two weeks ago. It's 9 million average viewers were the highest since its Season 3 premiere. New Girl also had a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 3% vs. a 3.4 rating two weeks ago. Only Raising Hope bucked the trend, its 2.1 adults 18-49 rating was down 9% vs. a 2.3 rating two weeks ago.

Returning after a seemingly endless (8 week) hiatus an original episode of CW's Ringer returned even at its series low, the 0.6 adults 18-49 rating matching its last original in late November. At 8pm, 90210 had the same 0.7 adults 18-49 rating as last week.

NBC's The Biggest Loser was also even at a season low, its 2.1 adults 18-49 rating matching last week's one hour episode at 8pm.

ABC's only original episode on the night, the Celebrity Wife Swap season finale had a series low 1.9 adults 18-49, down 10% vs. a 2.1 rating two weeks ago.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, January 31, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Glee 3.6 10 9.024
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.1 6 6.057
CBS NCIS -R 2.0 6 12.902
ABC Last Man Standing -R 1.5 4 5.606
CW 90210 0.7 2 1.426
8:30PM ABC Last Man Standing -R 1.7 5 5.708
9:00PM FOX New Girl 3.5 9 7.237
ABC Celebrity Wife Swap (finale) 1.9 5 5.558
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 1.7 4 11.095
CW Ringer 0.6 1 1.379
9:30PM FOX Raising Hope 2.1 5 4.693
10:00PM CBS Unforgettable -R 1.4 4 7.849
ABC Body Of Proof -R 1.1 3 5.416
NBC Parenthood -R 0.7 2 2.383

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," 2.9/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 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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