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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  • 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.”

    I know. The thing is, what did it expect? It was there for, what, one week? And wasn’t the decision was made quickly, possibly over the course of less than two weeks, leaving little room for promotion?

    You could in fact argue that its show on Thursdays was/is impressive, all things considered, and that it has its core audience down, and had it down early. If that’s the case, why not move it? Pair it with “Mockingbird Lane” on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, and even add another show for three straight hours of thematically similar programming. That is, if need be. It’s probably fine where it is (although it should be paired with other shows like it), but if NBC wants to make Friday a night of comedy, I wouldn’t worry about a move as long as (a) expectations were reasonable and (b) if put on on a really competitive night, it received the right support.

  • Bette

    Ringer was very good, sad if it is taken off.

  • Networkman

    @Ana, I do agree that Glee now has more adult themes. The show should be moved to 9pm away from the family hour. FOX would want to air a new show after X-Factor so I would put the show on Sunday @9pm.

  • JT

    Was hoping for better numbers for Ringer. I really enjoyed the season, and hope it gets picked up again. The finale was great.

  • SarahL

    @Brian J

    Grimm got a lots of promotion for that Thursday airing. Its ratings on that Thursday night could no way be described as impressive. All Grimm got was its core audience and there absolutely no increase in its overall audience or its demo so NBC would be idiots to repeat this failed experiment.
    A 1.6 demo can only be considered a success if a show airs on a Friday night when the 18 to 49 demo is hard to capture. NBC is a major network that relies on profitable programming, not TheCW. It cannot have as many shows as it does in the 1. somethings. NBC has to get rid of a most of these shows not anchor its programming around them.

  • Brian J


    I simply don’t remember there being that much promotion for that episode of “Grimm.” I’m willing to believe there was some, only because there had to be some, but given that it was a one week thing, there just couldn’t have been that much.

    And I think its performance is impressive, not because the overall number was good, but because it didn’t lose much. My point was that NBC could probably move the show to another night if it wanted to and, at the very least, not lose a whole lot. It probably won’t, unless it really rips up its current schedule, but it could.

    The other thing to consider is that it has potential. It’s doing decently, if not great on Fridays. I suspect it could move and do okay, with the right suport, if not very well, on another night, but why mess with what works? Its appeal isn’t universal, I think, but that’s okay. What’s important for NBC to do is to give the show a chance to grow. I wouldn’t cancel this show, but rather try to build a night around it. Yes, you read me right: build a night around it…if it stays on Friday. Pair it with “Awake” and/or “Midnight Sun,” perhaps, and try to build up the night. I don’t expect the show to pull in a 7.0 in Adults 18-49 any time soon, but perhaps it could grow to a 2.0 next season. On Friday, that would be good. Hell, on any night, that would be good.

  • SarahL

    @Brian J

    Grimm‘s experiment on Thursday got more than enough promotion. NBC is not going to promote the move like it was launching a new show, but the word was certainly out online and I saw a couple promos on NBC. More importantly the ratings showed that Grimm‘s fan base found and watched the show.

    Again, the Thursday night ratings for Grimm were not impressive. There are tons more people at home on Thursday nights far more than on Friday nights and none of them decided to keep the tv on or switch to watch Grimm. It is clear a show that appeals to a sliver of the viewing audience, but it does have a particularly high 18 to 49 demo given the low numbers over all overall viewers which is great for Friday nights. I have no idea what NBC plans to do with its schedule, but it needs to keep this mind or Grimm won’t make it through the second season, much less get a third.

  • anthony

    ringer’s a good season it should not be chanceled. there should be a second season. ringer is wAY BETTER then any other shows on the CW channel.!

  • alec

    RINGER RINGER RINGER….!!!!!!!!!!!!! all i have to say is that there better be a second season! please please please let there be a seond season.

  • alexis

    my boyfriend watches this show every tuseday, he says its his favortie show yet so i dont think it should be chanceled theres alot of veiwers for this show its not a bad show i think it will get plenty of more rateings after theres a second season. this is a good season and there are many veiwers and consumers that love this show.
    it shouldnt be chancled theres too many veiwers too chancel it now.!

  • Lindsey D

    Please keep Ringer going… The story is not over…. Think of Melrose Please, but better acting, same with 90210…. These are my shows im hooked on. I need more, Henry needs to meet his twins and Brigette needs to confront Siabhon.

  • Cynthia

    I enjoyed Ringer

  • raechal

    Please please please bring back RINGER!!!!!!!

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