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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  • Nadine

    The spring weather, DST, whatever, has been a trend for longer than the decline of network TV, I imagine. Perhaps one factor for the decline in viewership over the past few years, with the decline in DVR sales, is the fact that there’s been quite a sizable growth in online rerun services, such as Hulu and Netflix and Amazon–bearing in mind that, for the young audience particularly, there never will be the kind of appointment TV our parents had for The Honeymooners and Lucy. Just too many game & internet options.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Good bloody riddance for Ringer… That is one show that can’t disappear fast enough for me.

    Now on to tonight and the excellence of REVENGE! A crime soap the way a crime soap should be!:-)

  • Brian J


    “That a new square for Fan Excuse Bingo.”

    That’s funny. It’s kind of weird excuse, but it wouldn’t surprise me if there were something to it. Still, the show has aired in different time slots, and was off for a long stretch, when it was never that big of a hit to begin with.

    Compare this to “The Middle,” which while not lighting the world on fire has seen its ratings go up each year. I bet staying in the same time slot helped quite a bit. (Of course, “Everybody Loves Raymond” also took some time to grow. Perhaps the key is Patricia Heaton. Maybe all shows should figure out a way to work her in.)

  • Brian J


    “ABC has/had the same problem on Wed nights after Modern Family.

    Non Compatible shows”

    I think there’s definitely something to this. With the obvious caveat that I don’t watch most of these shows (not because I don’t like them, but for other reasons), the tonal consistency seems off. As I have said before, “MF” should be paired with a new show, while “Happy Endings” and “Don’t Trust…” could be paid together on Tuesdays. As for other tossup shows, and any other new family comedies, why doesn’t ABC revive TGIF? It’s putting nothing on the night now, and no other network is trying to appeal to families, or even running comedies. Seems like there’s a huge opening for the network.

  • Ice Mountain

    Why the hell was Raising Hope renewed with those retarded ratings?

    Reba can’t get here fast enough for LMS. That loser CT killed all of the momentum LMS had.

  • Brian J


    ‘Lets be realistic a new show like scandal that opens season1 with struggling to get a 2.0 is bound to fail…”

    I disagree. While hardly a runaway success, it did decently (considering the perplexing drop everywhere, for every show) in its first week, but more importantly, it grew a little in its second week in the demo and held tight in overall viewers. I have no doubt a new “Grey’s” helped, but that’s not anything to dismiss, particularly considering that every show is seeing drop offs. Whether it holds up is another question; this Thursday will certainly be key.

    But seriously, if you are ABC, and you are looking for a show that is doing relatively (or even positively) well AND is still very young, with the potential to grow, which show do you think you will pick? “Scandal” is a clear choice. Pair it with “Revenge” on Sundays, perhaps.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if “PP” could grow as well; “HIMYM” has grown, despite being very old. But it’s harder for older series, I think. Perhaps “PP” has an edge because of syndication, but that’s not at all clear.

  • Brian J


    About ABC execs really like “HE”…

    I read this on another site. Whether or not it’s true, I am not sure.

    You’re right that executives supposedly love all of their shows. No leader is going to bash a show publicly, regardless of its feelings. Still, there are signs that personal feelings can be an important factor, as can many other things. I have no doubt that Bob Greenblatt’s personal investment (as in, his time and leadership and bring it over from Showtime) helped “Smash.”

    I mean, think about it: While not the worst show on the network by any standard, it’s not doing all that well. In other words, were ABC to cancel “HE,” it’s not as if it would stun the industry like, say, the cancellation of “Modern Family” would.

    By the way, I’ve never seen the show, so it’s not really right to call me a fan.

  • Brian J


    I couldn’t agree more. Unless it were willing to truly blow up the traditional schedule and put on new shows whenever it damn well pleases, like a cable network, I am not sure a network like ABC (or NBC) can be that erratic. Still, as I and others have said, you can be innovative within the confines of the traditional scheduling by breaking things up by, say, running shows interrupted in both the spring and fall, but leaving some shows in the same time slot when they do come back if they are successful.

    I do wonder if any network is thinking about doing this for next season. Fox kind of, sort of does this already, but it’s limited by the fact that it programs for fewer hours each week than the others. (On the other hand, is that MORE of a reason for Fox to do it more often?) CBS won’t do it, because it has the least reason to try. ABC might want to try it, but is there any more obvious candidate than NBC? I could see the logic in giving the traditional schedule one last shot, but why not get ahead of the others now, at least on Thursdays. At this point, it really has nothing to lose.

  • Brian J


    “only new show abc managed to launch in the last 2 years as a success is once upon a time . and unless they find new good shows soon i can see abc to follow current nbc scripted show numbers …”

    “Revenge” is raising its hands in the back of the room, yelling, “Hello, I’m over here! I’m doing pretty good…really, I am. Take a look!”

  • Brian J


    “Private Practice turns out to be all GA halo. Unless they cut the cast to the bone, I can’t see ABC bringing it back as spackle. (Now, ABC’s pilots could be disastrous enough that they are forced to air it Thu@10 again in Fall. Unlikely, but possible.)”

    I wish it were easier to figure out how much each show cost to produce. Nobody on “PP” is that big of a star, but it probably isn’t cheap, for any number of reasons.

    “If I were ABC, I would be thinking long and hard about trying to expand to 8 comedies, especially when slot 5 is barely renewable as is. (Not to mention their Friday reality does well enough.) And if they are sticking with 6, HE barely qualifies as spackle…”

    I wouldn’t think that hard. In fact, I would go in the opposite direction and add many more comedies–by doing things like reviving TGIF, for instance. While this wouldn’t be cheap, it also doesn’t have to be that expensive. If you’re a producer who doesn’t have a lot of sway and the network tells you you need to make the show for X dollars instead of Y dollars, or else it won’t air, you will probably listen. If you don’t, someone else will.

    In other words, without being ridiculously frugal, it doesn’t seem THAT hard to get more comedies without spending a shit ton more money.

    “With the ratings trajectory it’s had, I really wonder if we’re going to see Season 5 for Glee. Sure, the songs bring in extra income, but they have to license the music to start with.”

    Whatever else you can say about it, it’s a cash cow for the network. In fact, Forbes magazine had it as number four on its list of television’s top money makers. It’s not going anywhere until it sees a massive drop off in how much money it makes for Fox.


    “As to explanations of Spring TV’s collapse,
    1) For much of the audience, any given TV show is simply their least worst option. Given them additional options with better weather, and that audience disappears.
    2) DVR ownership continues to grow. It would not surprise me, partially as a result of #1, that the size of stockpiles on those DVRs grows in Spring. It may even be a rational decision – given the limited summer programming, piling up procedurals like Castle or NCIS or etc. makes quite a bit of sense.”

    This makes sense. I guess the question is, how much of a drop off is there from the fall when you compare all viewers, live or otherwise, from then and now? In other words, are more people simply shifting to DVR viewing? That might not be helpful for the networks, but at the same time, it would make more sense than the complete and total abandonment of shows by viewers season after season.

  • Brian J


    ““HE can grow” yeah right, it had the best lead in on ABC and it did NOT grow.”

    That’s actually false. The show did see a big increase in its ratings from last season by airing after “Modern Family.” It wasn’t that successful, but it did increase.

    Perhaps it could grow even more if it stayed there for an additional season.

    The problem is, it might not be the best fit. (What might be better is another question.) I’ve suggested putting it on Tuesdays with the “DWTS” results show as a lead-in. The audiences are different, but it probably has its core audience down right now, and aside from “Modern Family,” any part of “DWTS” is the best lead-in ABC has to offer right now. It has direct competition from Fox’s comedies, and perhaps NBC will for some reason try to put comedies on the night, but that doesn’t mean it has to suffer. It just needs a new opportunity to grow.

    Plus, moving it (a) opens up a plum spot after “MF” for a more tonally consistent show and (b) gives a chance for “Don’t Trust…” to be better paired as well. And if it does in fact prove to be successful, ABC has another night where it can launch comedies.

  • Brian J


    “OUAT is doing great on Sundays, so why move it, especially to a difficult timeslot like 8pm Thursdays? It will probably be getting low to mid 3?s next fall, which is excellent for an 8pm show. For 8pm on Thursday, I think Castle should be moved there.”

    That’s a good point.

    On the other hand, what might work in that time slot? It’s a trade off between messing with what works now on another night, where it has big problems now and will have even bigger problems next season once “Desperate Housewives” is off the air, and trying to fix a relative problem. Thursday is a big challenge for any network, but there’s also more of an opportunity on the night. In other words, given that more people might be watching television that night, ratings for “Once” might actually go up. But again, even if they don’t, is it worth it to try to stabilize the night? It seems like the sort of show that would fit well with “Grey’s,” for what it’s worth.

  • Chris

    @BrianJ I agree that ABC needs to expand to Fridays to provide something that NBC and CBS have ceased to provide which is family comedies. The right audience is not out on Friday nights. Young families with kids don’t go out on Fridays. Does anybody remember staying home on Fridays and watching TGIF and ordering pizza as opposed to eating out? That’s what ABC needs to get back too. Those times. There is no competition on Friday nights. It’s there for the taking. Just take it. LMS, Malibu Country, The Manzanis, and another comedy. It makes too much sense.

  • Brian J


    “Yeah, but does it really matter? They got what they wanted with Suburgatory, which is a bridge show between The Middle and Modern Family. If the show stays there long-term – and there’s no reason to think it won’t – does it really matter how it does on its own when it will always lead out of an original Middle?”

    A show that can stand on its own, like “Modern Family,” is definitely move valuable to a network than a show that can’t. Which is to say, were “Suburgatory” able to do well without its lead-in, it could be used to patch up the schedule, perhaps even leading off the night or even another night.

  • Brian J


    “GCB will be renewed, its not like ABC was guning for a hit with this show.”

    Then why is it on the air? I don’t mean to seem overly combative, but that statement makes no sense. It’s not as if ABC is honoring a national event like HBO did when it aired “Band of Brothers.”

    Plus, considering ABC has “Revenge” as an guaranteed renewal, and perhaps better candidates in “Scandal” and “Private Practice,” along with at least five new soap pilots, including one from “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry, what is the overwhelming reason to renew it?

  • Brian J


    “However, ABC have more comedies than timeslots. They have some difficult decisions to make.”

    That’s only if it has six time slots allotted to comedy. If it decides it wants more, it’s a question of where.

  • Brian J


    Even if it’s not family-oriented comedies, do something on the night besides a reality show and two newsmagazines. Do a whole night of female oriented soaps, if need be.

    But yeah, family-oriented comedies seem like the most obvious choice, simply because there’s really no one night for them any longer, on any network.

    Of course, if ABC doesn’t do it, why doesn’t another network try? “Grimm” is working for NBC on the night, largely, but it’s not such a hit that it can’t be messed with. It’s unlike a lot of other shows on the big four networks, so it could conceivably go anywhere and not face similar competition. I doubt NBC will try this next season–its big focus then will be fixing Thursdays, I think–but perhaps after that. Maybe in the second half of next season, it could try a night of family comedies, or at least one hour, followed by other comedies, or followed by two hours of drama.

  • SarahL

    @Brian J

    NBC already tried out Grimm on Thursday night at 10 p.m. against different competition. Grimm got the exact same highest 1.6 demo as it gets on Friday nights.

  • Matt

    Ringer fans we can possibly save the show. Go to E!’s save one show page and vote for Ringer. It’s in second place!

  • Networkman

    Body of Proof was a winner last night. Its chances for renewal look much better because of the dismal performance from Private Practice. Private Practice should of at least had a 2.0 considering it was facing a repeat of Unforgettable and a weak Fashion Star.

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