TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Private Practice,' 'Glee,' 'NCIS,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Last Man' Hit Lows; 'Raising Hope,' 'Ringer' Finales Rise

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April 18th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.3/7 2.2/6 1.9/5 1.5/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.8/6 1.1/4 1.1/4 1.5/5 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.401 6.678 12.406 8.702 3.702 0.959

Fox and NBC tied at the top of the nights adults 18-49 ratings as Glee dropped three tenths of a point to a series low 2.4 adults 18-49 rating vs. last week's 2.7. New Girl was down a tenth to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating  vs. last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Raising Hope's season finale was up a tenth to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating vs. last week's 1.8.

The Biggest Loser was up a tenth to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating vs. last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating and The Voice results show fell two tenths to a 3.3 rating, from last week's 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. Fashion Star was down three tenths to a series low matching 1.5 rating vs. last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

NCIS was down a tenth to a season low 3.0 rating vs. last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating and was the only original episode on CBS Tuesday.

ABC's Last Man Standing was down two tenths to a season/series low 1.6 rating vs. last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.  Cougar Town was down a tenth to a series low matching 1.4 rating vs. last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.  Dancing with the Stars Results was up a tenth to a 2.4 rating, up off last week's results show series low 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. In its first Tuesday episode, Private Practice had a series low 1.7 adults 18-49, down four tenths vs. a 2.1 rating in its last new Thursday episode in mid-March, and two tenths vs. Body of Proof's season finale 1.9 rating at 10pm last Tuesday.

The season (likely series) finale of Ringer drew a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth vs. last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, April 17, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NCIS 3.0 9 17.616
FOX Glee 2.4 7 6.183
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.2 7 6.872
ABC Last Man Standing 1.6 5 6.430
CW 90210 -R 0.3 1 0.762
8:30PM ABC Cougar Town 1.4 4 4.618
9:00PM NBC The Voice 3.3 9 8.750
FOX New Girl 2.7 7 5.308
ABC Dancing With The Stars Results 2.4 6 13.799
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles-R 2.0 5 11.324
CW Ringer 0.5 1 1.156
9:30PM FOX Raising Hope 1.9 5 3.932
10:00PM ABC Private Practice 1.7 5 6.784
CBS Unforgettable -R 1.5 4 8.279
NBC Fashion Star 1.5 4 4.413

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," 2.3/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late
Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7 with an encore; and ABC's combo of
"Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/6.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late
Show," 0.7/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel
Live," 0.5/3.

* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in
metered-market household with an encore) tied CBS's first-run "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 with an encore) topped "Late Late
Show" (0.4/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in
metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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  • harry

    Lets be realistic a new show like scandal that opens season1 with struggling to get a 2.0 is bound to fail … PP always was a greys anatomy baby that people tend to watch. but what we learned last year is that the highest rated episode was not the greys pp crossover but the charlotte king focused episode.

    AN Impressive 3.9/11 for that episode season 4 high while they had a 1.9 season low episode as well.

    My opinion is the show needs to get rid of all male actors except cooper and get rid of addison baby storyline and focus more on her surgical abilities which is the thing we all (haters or admirers) respect about Addison Montgomery. OFC Charlotteshould also get more interesting storylines.and for gods sake they should all upgrade the practiceto a more seattle looking like place. my 2 cents…

  • IsraelCD

    RINGER is the best drama show this season ! AND THE FINALE WAS EPIC !!!
    We Want RINGER 2 !!!

  • harry

    private practice season 1 episode has 5.1/13 and 14 million viewers , scandal had 1.9 with 2m… abc fails to launch new good shows lately…

  • harry

    7m* not 2 sry

  • badman

    body of proof had better ratings than private practise after dancing with stars began! maybe BoP still has a chance..?

  • The End


    Ringer Season 2 would only happen if the last half dozen episodes had a huge increase in viewers, which stayed with the show till the finale.

    Basically if your show drops to 1.3 million and the last 6 or more episodes saw an increase to say 1.8-2.1 million CW would likely renew this show without a doubt.

    Your show needed a big increase in viewers, and needed to hold those viewers to move from certain to be cancelled to bubble/likely renewal.

  • johnb

    Please bring back Cougar Town and Ringer!

  • UK-International

    The overall ratings for TV series are falling in the US in line with the numbers a british drama gets on a british broadcast network levels. Sherlock, Spooks, Hustle, Downton in the UK get between 5-10million. Shows on Fox, NBC and ABC seem to fall to the same levels on regular bases? Does anybody think you will reach the levels of 12-17million a night?

  • Frenchviewer

    I’m Still hoping ‘Ringer’ will get a second Season. It’s an amazing Show with Wonderful Actors !!!

  • alexjones

    @kyle okay maybe ringer is doing SLIGHTLY better than hellcats was, but only slightly, it won’t be enough to save it.

  • mem002400

    Ringer was awesome last night and am really hoping for a season 2 just because she found out her sister still alive we need to find out where that goes SEASON 2 PLEASE CW

  • Sophia

    “And for the people saying that Ringer is pulling out the same ratings of Hellcats, let’s not forget that Hellcats ALWAYS had as a lead-in a new episode of ANTM/OTH and their series lows are very different:”

    And let’s not forget that even when Ringer HAD it’s 90210 lead in, it would still get 0.4s.

  • tvfreak

    Well, well, Raising Hope ended its season on a slight uptick. Good, especially after the ending. I was so scared that it would end badly for everyone involved, particularly when queen bee-otch Lucy went after Sabrina with a knife – and then she gets mowed down by Smokey Floyd’s tour bus, being driven by David Krumholtz’s blind guy! Wonderful way to bring back lots of hilarious characters of the day, too. All around a very good episode. :D

    In other news, while seeing NCIS I saw the preview for the upcoming H50/NCIS: LA crossover special – hope that one gets high numbers, preferably at the expense of Smash and New Girl.

  • Oneeye

    Sweet series finale for ringer! Kind of going to miss it a bit but nice wrap up.

  • Rebecca

    Yeah, this household greatly enjoyed that RH finale. Would have been a good series finale, too, if we didn’t already know it has been renewed (still happy for a new season).

  • LC

    Hopefully ABC will now analyze the timeslot of 10:00 on Tuesdays and see that multiple shows have struggled there for years now. Body of Proof has done the best in this slot yet all they talk about is cancelling it. It is a great show. My guess is Revenge would not have made it in this slot and as much as I love OUAT, it probably would have failed here. The 18 – 49 group does not watch at that as much on Tuesdays. People older than 49 DO watch but they are not even thought of as living by ratings lords and networks. It is all about advertising. Yet if people who buy don’t really watch that much at a certain time slot, then the show that can best sell their products should be put there. I really hope that ABC rethinks some matters and gives both Body of Proof and Private Practice one more season. Put them back in their original time slots.

  • tvwatcherer

    Haha Glee! That’s your fault for shoving Blaine down our throats! Even though last night’s episode wasn’t about him, but it was still just a filler episode. I also blame the unnecessary 7 week hiatus.

  • Spencer

    that is what I said

  • MindyZ

    Private Practice is dead.

  • SarahL

    The headline made me think that Ringer finale had done well. Ha. I should have known better. Because it can never been said enough, TheCW is a pathetic network.

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