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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  • Ali

    Private practice should have remained after Greys if ABC wants to keep those 2s ratings at 10pm. Scandal should move to tuesday.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “What were the HUT and PUT numbers for last night?”

    18-49 PUT was 35.5 during primetime.

    “and how do these numbers compare to prior years?”


  • s0303

    lms and cougar town should both be canceled…even nbc’s tbl is pretty much kicking their butts…

  • Bunny

    IDK..I feel like Cougar town is safe for renewal and Happy Endings is the one in trouble..

    Cougar Town is the only comedy that ABC own.. why would they cancell it when syndication is near?

  • Khan

    Poor Ringer

  • Michael

    @Dillan, not really. I don’t want to go into details because I don’t want to ruin the finale, for those that haven’t seen it. However, everything for the most part was revealed.

  • Sophia

    “In Ringer’s target (Woment 18-34), Ringer got a 0.7 rating.”

    Yeah and a 0.7 is horrible, GG/HOD got a 1.1 in that demo this Monday.

  • Clarke

    Ringer was SO good last night. I know a second season will probably not happen but I am still hoping that it will. Crossing my fingers, knocking on wood and praying for a miracle to happen.

    Wow, LMS has really fallen…..not a good sign.

  • rob60990

    ABC Tuesdays would improve if they pulled Cougar Town.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “IDK..I feel like Cougar town is safe for renewal and Happy Endings is the one in trouble..”

    Cougar Town may be renewed, but there’s no way its chances are better than Happy Endings.

  • Cul de sac

    When Work It and Man Up were in the 8:30 slot, they were following a much stronger LMS. CT was only off .2 from LMS. If CT were following a stronger LMS, we’d see CT at renewable levels. This whole 8:00 DST/weaker LMS has really hurt and chance CT had this spring. ABC screwed up scheduling it all year and had to put it someplace. They should look at the quality of the show and give it a better chance to get back to season 2 levels next fall.

  • eridapo


    DWTS 2.2/2.6
    PP 1.9/1.6
    NCIS 2.8/3.2
    NCIS:LA 2.1/1.9
    Unforgettable 1.6/1.5
    Big Loser 2.1/2.3
    Voice 3.2/3.3
    FS 1.6/1.5
    Glee 2.4/2.4
    Ringer .5/.5

  • Greg

    I would give a final 13-episode season for Private Practice. Nothing ever works on that slot anyway.

  • MoHasanie

    Yay Glee had a series low!! :D Its surprising that last season it was getting high 3’s and mid 4’s, so, its really down from last season.

    NCIS had a season low as well. Why couldn’t CBS have aired that NYC22 pilot afrer an original NCIS, instead of a repeat of NCIS LA? They could’ve moved it after, to Sunday…

    The Voice is already at low 3’s. Its exactly the same as last year, and its performing similarly to Xfactor. Some may say, NBC wasted the SB lead in, but anything on NBC gets cancelled anyway, and what else could they have put after the SB? Smash or Awake? Both those shows are failures. Well, Smash isn’t a failure, but its getting low ratings, with a big lead in.

    LMS is getting such low ratings. I suppose since all 8pm shows are mostly down, that could explain the drop.
    PP didn’t too well after DWTS. But, its retention of 71% isn’t bad.

  • SherLOCKED (The Mighty Cringe)

    …..Good bye….RINGER.

    You where the best new drama of the year and you DESERVE another season.


  • Raykov

    Looking at Bill’s last comment makes me wonder… Why instead of all those repeats we saw for the second half, don’t the networks just air their main shows until the end of March and then April-May to be for testing some pilots and different schedule plans for next year using repeats and not hurting ratings or fan-bases

  • S

    Ringer was SO good last night! I’m sad to see it go but it was awesome while it lasted.

  • zerg

    last year glee was at 3.7 and Ringer tie 0.5 Hellcats

  • Rebecca

    I was happy with Ringer’s ending. There was a cliffhanger (but nothing I really cared about) and maybe some unresolved stuff at the end, but not much IMO. Enjoyed the music on Glee (Sat Night Fever soundtrack was the first music cassette I ever bought, lol) and enjoyed LMS and RH. RH’s season finale part 2 last night would have been fine as a series finale if it had not been renewed. Still have to see CT and NG online later. I might just start saving Glee to see online so I can watch/record the ABC comedies instead…tired of being late to CT all the time.

  • Sonny

    LMS was doing pretty well until it was paired with Cougar Town. ABC has finally destroyed the show.

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