TV Ratings Tuesday: Bad Start for 'The River;' 'NCIS' 200th Much > 'Glee;' 'New Girl' Steady; 'Raising Hope' Rises

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February 8th, 2012

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC NBC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/8 3.0/8 2.4/6 2.0/5 1.6/4 0.6/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/5 3.2/9 1.6/5 1.4/4 1.7/5 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 16.213 6.756 7.626 5.783 3.783 1.255

CBS won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers led by the 200th episode of NCIS which drew a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating and 20.8 million viewers, even with its last original on January 10. NCIS: Los Angeles was down 6% from its last original to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. Unforgettable was flat with a season low-tying 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Glee lost half a point with adults 18-49 versus last week's Michael Jackson-themed episode, falling to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating.  But New Girl was steady vs. last week with a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating.  Raising Hope was up 10% from last week to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC's The River premiered modestly and below most of the predictions in our poll scoring a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating in its first hour and a 2.2 rating and its second hour (and it fell consecutively each half hour 2.5, 2.4, 2.3, 2.2). Earlier in the night Last Man Standing was down 12% at 8pm versus its last original to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. At 8:30p it drew a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating (down 4% from its last original at 8pm).

NBC's  The Biggest Loser was up 5% to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Parenthood was down a tenth from its last original on January 17 to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

CW's 90210 was steady with a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, but Ringer was down a tenth from last week to a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

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Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, February 7, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 4.1/11 20.82
FOX Glee 3.2/9 7.72
ABC Last Man Standing 2.3/6 7.75
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.1/6 5.97
CW 90210 0.7/2 1.36
8:30 ABC Last Man Standing 2.5/6 7.96
9:00 FOX The New Girl 3.5/9 6.92
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.1/8 16.12
ABC The River (Series Premiere) 2.5/6 8.20
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.4/6 6.74
CW Ringer 0.5/1 1.15
9:30 FOX Raising Hope 2.2/5 4.67
10:00 CBS Unforgettable 2.2/6 11.70
ABC The River (Series Premiere) 2.2/6 6.82
NBC Parenthood 1.6/4 4.64

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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.0/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; 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,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • 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" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 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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