TV Ratings Tuesday: 'NCIS,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Last Man,' 'River,' 'Unforgettable,' 'Loser' Hit Lows, As Steady-ish 'American Idol' Leads Fox Win

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February 29th, 2012

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A two hour American Idol led Fox to the ratings win on Tuesday, as Fox had the highest rated Tuesday night among adults 18-49 for any network this season. Idol's 5.0 adults 18-49 rating was a tenth below last Wednesday's Idol telecast (but continues well below last season's ratings), expect that typical finals adjustments will eliminate that gap.

NCIS dipped to a season low 3.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 6% vs. a 3.6 rating last week. Interestingly, NCIS: Los Angeles was up noticeably, its 3.1 adults 18-49 rating rose 15% vs. a 2.7 rating last week. Unforgettable fell 5% to a series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.0 rating last week.

The Biggest Loser kept losing, its 2.0 adults 18-49 rating was a season low, down 13% vs. a 2.3 rating last week. The season finale of Parenthood got a boost, rising to a 1.9  adults 18-49 rating, up 12% vs. a 1.7 rating last week. That was the show's best rating since November.

ABC's Last Man Standing fell to a series low 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.2 rating last week. Cougar Town kept falling, its series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 12% vs. a 1.7 rating last week. The River also hit a series low, its 1.5 adults 18-49 rating was down 12% vs. a 17 rating last week. Body of Proof dropped to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 13% vs. a 1.5 rating last week.

CW's Ringer hit a series low 0.4 adults 18-49, down 20% vs. a 0.5 rating last week, again following a repeat of Hart of Dixie.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, February 21, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NCIS 3.4 9 18.013
FOX American Idol (8-10p) 5.0 13 15.835
ABC Last Man Standing 2.1 6 7.375
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10p) 2.0 5 5.688
CW Hart of Dixie -R 0.3 1 0.893
8:30PM ABC Cougar Town 1.5 4 4.296
9:00PM CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.1 8 15.668
ABC The River 1.5 4 4.088
CW Ringer 0.4 1 1.106
10:00PM CBS Unforgettable 1.9 5 9.931
NBC Parenthood 1.9 5 5.134
ABC Body Of Proof 1.3 4 6.749

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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.0/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; 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,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). 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 0.8/4 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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