TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Private Practice', 'Cougar Town', 'Glee' Off Lows; '90210', 'New Girl' Slide & 'The LA Complex' Premieres Poorly

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April 25th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.4/7 2.3/6 2.0/6 1.7/5 1.5/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.5/5 1.2/4 0.8/3 1.5/5 0.5/1
Total Viewers (million)  5.543 6.719 9.281 9.870 3.660 0.908


FOX edged NBC by one tenth for the night's adults 18-49 ratings lead. CBS led the night in viewers.

Glee was up three tenths to a 2.7 compared to last week's series low 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. The 9PM New Girl was down a tenth to a 2.6 vs. last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. 

The Biggest Loser was flat with last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating and The Voice results were down a tenth to a 3.2 vs. last week's a 3.3 18-49 rating. Fashion Star was up a tenth to a 1.6 off last week's series low matching 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC's Cougar Town was up a tenth to a 1.5 off last week's series low matching 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.  Dancing with the Stars Results was down a tenth to a 2.4vs. last week's 2.5 . Private Practice made significant gains this week, earning a 2.2 compared to last week's a series low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

90210 returned to the CW to after a month of repeats to a 0.6, which is down a tenth from the 0.7 its last original earned. The series premiere of The LA Complex drew a disappointing 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS was all repeats for the evening.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, April 25, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Glee 2.7 8 6.854
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.2 7 6.764
CBS NCIS -R 2.0 6 12.316
ABC Last Man Standing -R 1.3 4 5.663
CW 90210 0.6 2 1.169
8:30PM ABC Cougar Town 1.5 4 4.994
9:00PM NBC The Voice: Results 3.2 8 8.748
FOX New Girl 2.6 7 5.195
ABC Dancing With the Stars: Results 2.4 6 14.155
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 1.7 4 9.603
CW The LA Complex -P 0.3 1 0.646
9:30PM FOX New Girl -R 1.5 4 3.268
10:00PM ABC Private Practice 2.2 6 8.358
CBS Unforgettable -R 1.5 4 7.690
NBC Fashion Star 1.6 4 4.644

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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.4/8; 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; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.8/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2 with an encore).

·       "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,“ featuring a guest appearance by President Barack Obama, scored the show’s top metered-market household rating for a Tuesday telecast in two years (since March 2, 2010) and matched “Late Night’s” highest adult 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters since June 14, 2011.  Versus “Late Night’s” Tuesday season averages, last night’s telecast is up 29 percent in metered-market households (with a 1.8 rating vs. a 1.4) and up 40 percent in the Local People Meters (0.7 in 18-49 vs. 0.5).

  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.1/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/4 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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  • Marniko


    First of all this isn’t a fight it’s a debate.

    “this site is all clean fun”

    Clean inaccurate fun…

    “The fact that when Bill says a show is certain to be cancelled… That show has been cancelled..”

    WOW!!! Did you really just say that? Every show huh? he really knows his ratings…. To bad that’s inaccurate.. I don’t believe every show predicted to be cancelled has been so thats completely false….

    So basically clean fun aside, This goes to my point is that people actually believe what is said on the site is accurate…. it might have a good track record and I admit numbers do have a big part in a shows success but condemning and calling shows DEAD when their not is uncool and false…

  • Peter Mazz

    holly crap! the l.a complex with o.3 that sucks!

  • Marniko


    “50,000 is a rather large sample size, so mathematically, yes, the ratings should be quite accurate. Unless you’re claiming there’s something inherently wrong with Nielsen’s collecting methods which give them bad data. I’d like to hear about it if its based on anything real.”

    large sample size? 50,000 people go a dodger game. Your the only person that I have heard of that believes that the Nielsen’s are accurate.. except for Mr.N. You also probably believe Romney isn’t a flip flopper [sorry off message} The Nielsen model has not changed to fit the times… It still gets to my original point which seems to fall on deaf ears numbers are not always accurate and shows should not be condemned cancelled if they are not……

    This is all in clean fun really!!!

  • Observer

    @Marniko, drugs and procedures that literally affect life and death are OK’d everyday with sample sizes smaller than Neilsen. Sure sometimes they are not predictive and when that happens it can be horrible, but in general they are trusted methods of determining whether or not to use a product. I imagine that the customers of the ratings system realize there might be room for error, but it’s the best thing they’ve got.

  • Holly


    Perhaps a basic statistics course would be helpful for you.

    It actually takes a remarkably small sample to have reasonably accurate results. In fact, for a population of 3 million, a sample size of less than 1,000 people would be sufficient for most statistical research (given a 95% confidence level and a +/-5 margin of error, you would need fewer than 400 people). Caculator here

    The increased accuracy that may or may not result from a much larger sample is apparently not enough to justify the increased cost.

    It is also worth noting that during the sweeps periods, the number of Nielsen participants is increased significantly. While we do not see the results of the sweeps surveys, I’m sure the networks and advertiser (Nielsen’s paying customers) do. If those ‘extra’ participants produced dramatically different results than the people meter data we see, it would seem logical that someone would mention this, even if just in a press release. The absolute dearth of such claims indicates to me that there is not a significant difference in the numbers with the larger sample.

    I’m emphatically not saying that Nielsen is perfect. There are significant issues. However, the biggest issues seem to be difficulties inherent in voluntary survey research (such as participation) and the demands of the networks/advertisers to have the sample closely reflect the makeup of the overall population (making the sample less random). Any research of TV viewing would face those same issues.

  • Skyler

    I think now that all of the CW shows besides VD are averaging between 0.4-0.6 that Nikita will be renewed especially thanks to The LA Complex premiering so low

  • Marniko

    I’m so glad that you think I need a basic statistics course [pretty arrogant]. You’re still missing the point…
    Any artist available?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman


    Perhaps a basic statistics course would be helpful for you.”

    Ah, Ms. Quixote, tilting at windmills again, I see.

    Those who fret over Nielsen ratings do not want to understand the methods, they are only interested in whining about the results that don’t suit them.

    Let them whine in peace.

  • Holly Quixote


    It is windmill season afterall ;)

    I cling to the perhaps vain hope that some of the readers will be interested in learning something, or at least coming up with logical arguments.

  • Jim

    There is an article on USA Today that cites that last night only 14% of DRV viewing was done during prime time.

  • jessica

    Anyone in the target demographic for The LA Complex would surely have known how to find it months ago when it was on in Canada. Not at all surprised that a 3-month delay sees poor results for the American broadcast, which i did watch on WGN. If it had been shown closer to when it was new in Canada maybe it would have a bigger audience in the US, not that it was really that popular in Canada though MuchMusic really does cater to the younger folk more than CTV does.

    Ep 1: 351,000 viewers on CTV + 60,000 on MuchMusic.
    Ep 2: 87,000 viewers on MuchMusic.
    Ep 3: 40,000 viewers on MuchMusic.
    Ep 4: 44,000 viewers on MuchMusic.
    Ep 5: 16,000 viewers on MuchMusic.
    Ep 6: 22,000 viewers on MuchMusic.

    As for the probability of accuracy in ratings there is a great real-life lesson regarding sampling. Any of you know of the election in Alberta a couple of days ago? The hyper-conservative Wildrose party was expected to topple the moderately conservative Conservative party’s 41 year reign. Some polls had it somewhat close early on but as the campaign went on a Wildrose government looked certain according to the polls. The end result was roughly 4 Conservative to every 1 Wildrose winner. Sampling can be grossly inaccurate. That said, tv shows survive based on the sample instead of the actual tune in numbers. Though how The LA Complex survived is still a mystery.

  • NOYB

    @Callie.. You’re welcome!! :)

  • Ringer Fan

    Yes, there is still hope for a Ringer second season. Thank you LA Complex. LA Complex looks like it will not be on the Fall CW schedule. You made Ringer look great!

  • Matt

    Anyone else see that Ringer is neck and neck with Body of Proof in E!’s Save One Show poll? I think the CW will take note of this.

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