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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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “and shouldn’t Glee and Biggest Loser be switched around in the table?”

    Table resorted.

  • Amy

    Bill – All of these low ratings for all shows the last few months; has this happened in previous years, and if so, what was the reason?

  • Sid

    I though RINGER would’ve pulled a 0.6

  • eridapo


    Your comment has been made every week since Feb….

  • enes

    Ringer amazing episode !

  • Jeff R.

    I really think CT and HE would feed off each other and make for a solid hour for ABC next year – even at 10:00. They have solid fan bases and are huge critical favorites (especially CT) – plus CT is owned by ABC and HE is partially owned by ABC.

    It’s tough to judge CT’s merit based on spring ratings and a nine month hiatus. ABC has to know that. Heck, CT isn’t right in the range of LMS and HE last few eps and it’s had many more obstacles to face.

  • Adam

    Could somebody explain why Viewing Figures and 18-49 demographic for shows drop every year from March on wards to such a point that NCIS, NCIS LA, Hawaii Five-0 and other shows start getting poor ratings.

  • Avery16

    I’m not surprised at the falling ratings for GLEE. It’s been awful this season. I’m only watching to see how they end the season,then I’m done. NEW GIRL was really good last night. I’m happy that it’s getting at least decent ratings. RAISING HOPE better have something good to start season 3 as the 2 part season finale was some of the worst stuff the show has ever done. A dumb story all around. It had funny bits, but overall, it was pointless.

  • bluejays

    Nooooo private practice. Damn you ABC! (Whoa at Glee too).

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Bill – All of these low ratings for all shows the last few months; has this happened in previous years, and if so, what was the reason?”

    “Could somebody explain why Viewing Figures and 18-49 demographic for shows drop every year from March on wards to such a point that NCIS, NCIS LA, Hawaii Five-0 and other shows start getting poor ratings.”

    Similar pattern every year.

    Spring (nice weather, daylight savings time, whatever) depresses ratings.

    Broadcast primetime ratings have been falling for 30 years.

    Add those together and spring is series low ratings time!

  • charmedcraft

    Ringer was great last night; I’m hoping it’ll come back.

  • Kyle

    Just proves BOP Is the best fit for the Tuesday time slot following DWTS.i

  • zerg

    Abc’s tuesday doesn’t work since lost ending :(

  • Michael

    Ringer had a satisfying ending! Everything was revealed, no cliff-hangers lingering. 0.5 for a finale is just completely woeful lol!

  • eridapo


    It seems we might have to rethink what is acceptable for ABC at 10PM now. It is starting to look like the best ABC can do at 10PM is about a 2.3. I expect Revenge to be in the 2.2s tonight.

  • HB

    When I read “Ringer” rises, i thought it might have pulled 0.6 or 0.7.

  • eridapo


    What were the HUT and PUT numbers for last night? and how do these numbers compare to prior years?

  • Amy

    Bill – Thanks!

  • Sarah

    I can’t believe the creators of Ringer didn’t wrap everything up. They are complete idiots if they think they have a chance of coming back next season. Happy to see Glee fall. That show is pure crap.

  • Dillan


    The ending was definitely a cliff hanger for Ringer, there are still some unanswered questions.

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