TV Ratings Tuesday: 'NCIS' Sees Season Low; 'NCIS: LA' Series Low; DWTS Hits Series Lows; 'Glee' Returns Down 10% To a New Low, But Boosts 'New Girl;' NBC Shows Rise

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April 11th, 2012

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Fox and NBC tied for the lead in adults 18-49 and CBS lead with total viewers.

Fox's Glee returned from a long hiatus and drew a 2.7 rating with adults 18-49, down three tenth vs. its last original to series lows. But with Glee back as its lead-in, New Girl was up 17% vs. last week to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. Back in its 9:30 time period, and with New Girl as its lead-in Raising Hope was up three tenths vs. last week -- when it was a self-starter at 8pm --  to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Earlier this week Fox announced all three shows were renewed for next season.

NBC was an outlier on the night, all its shows were up vs. last week. The Biggest Loser was up 10% vs. last week to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating and The Voice Results show was up 9% from last week to a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. Fashion Star was up 20% to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

NCIS was down 11% vs. its last original to a season low 3.1 adults 18-49 rating; meanwhile NCIS: LA saw a series low 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 23% from its last original. Unforgettable was down 14% vs. its last original to a series low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC's Last Man Standing was down 11% vs. its last original three weeks ago to a series low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Cougar Town was down 6% to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.  Dancing with the Stars Results was down 18% to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, its lowest-rated results show ever.  Body of Proof was down 5% in its season (series?) finale to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, April 10, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.1/9 17.31
FOX Glee 2.7/8 6.69
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.2/7 6.69
ABC Last Man Standing 1.7/5 6.72
CW 90210 (R) 0.3/1 0.76
8:30 ABC Cougar Town 1.5/4 4.96
9:00 NBC The Voice 3.5/9 8.87
FOX The New Girl 2.7/7 5.27
ABC Dancing with the Stars 2.3/6 13.02
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.3/6 12.80
CW Ringer 0.5/1 1.22
9:30 FOX Raising Hope 1.9/5 3.95
10:00 ABC Body of Proof 1.9/5 10.17
CBS Unforgettable 1.8/5 9.48
NBC Fashion Star 1.8/5 4.65

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," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.8/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/7.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market household) 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 18-4) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

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  • disney rocks

    Horrible for NCIS LA.

    Nice to see NBC tie for lead. Glad Voice was up. Hope it’ll crack 11 million and a 4 next week.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

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  • Valerie

    What happened? Lot of shows are so down lately :O

  • disney rocks

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  • Samuel

    CW and the 0.5 festival. All their show except, like 2, have 0.5

  • cobl95

    Die Ringer! Die…

  • cobl95

    CW Early Renewals: TVD, 90210, Supernatural
    Final Renewals: GG, TSC (I watch both but they really don’t deserve getting renewed)

  • Networkman

    NCIS:LA is really struggling against The Voice:Result show. A 2.3 demo is low for a show in the 9pm slot on CBS. Shows such as Hawaii Five-O, CSI and The Mentalist are garnering better results at 10pm. I thought Unforgettable may have a shot at renewal and be moved to Friday Night. But with these results I see cancellation. CBS should move NCIS:LA to 10pm next year.

    Body of Proof should be moved to Friday Night. I think it could serve ABC well on that night. It had a strong season finale, which ended as a cliffhanger. I’m glad that it was able to garner over 10 million viewers.

  • Mark Wilkins

    Whats with the numbers for CBS? Even thought both NCIS shows adjusted up, still way too low. And its too bad that Unforgettable will be canceled after those numbers. Good for New Girl thought in, just wish there were more viewers overall.

  • JeffinChicago

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