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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  • eridapo


    Glee 2.6/2.7
    TBL 2.1/2.3
    The Voice 3.1./3.4
    DWTS 2.2/2.6
    FS 1.7/1.5
    PP 2.3/ 2.1
    90210 .6/.6
    LA Comples .3/.3

    09:30 DWTS: 14.87M, 2.6/ 7
    10:00 PP: 9.04M, 2.3/ 6
    10:30 PP: 7.67M, 2.1/ 6

    The usual 1 Minute overrun by DWTS will more than likely cause a downward adjustment to PP (from 2.2 to 2.1 for Finals)

  • SteveO

    Hoping for an upward adjustment for both Glee and New Girl. I really want that 2.8 for Glee.

  • Sarah

    Wow, huge jump for Private Practice. I wonder what the hell happened last week. Poor Cougar Town :( Are the ratings for LA Complex a record low for a premiere?

  • EatMorePez

    If this is what the CW gets with a new show with tons of promotion and no other new shows to compete for attention, I’d hate to see what they get this Fall when their new shows will be competing with 30 other new shows for attention.

  • battye

    Last Call did pretty well with the big Late Night lead in.

  • Irene

    nice for Cougar Town!! Ratings are up from last week even if LMS was a repeat AND it was preempted in Detroit and Miami!
    These ratings show that Cougar Town has a very faithful audience, I think that it only needs a stronger lead-in in order to have higher ratings.

  • jr

    CW should give every hour but TVD back to the affiliates

  • RyanCanada

    I hope LA Complex Adjusts up.

  • Alan

    Poor L.A. Complex I was expecting better results because they promoted it very well!

  • SJ

    Hell yeah Private Practice! I guess people really didn’t know it was on last week.

  • zerg

    good for PP’s fans

    LA Complex premieres at next year standards : V

    Glee rebound

  • SteveO

    And I know people were expecting the Whitney episode of Glee to be higher, but since it was planned so late, it didn’t have the promotion that the Madonna, Britney, and Michael episodes all had.

  • Petar

    new low for cw! good news for pp and therefore bad for scandal!

  • Dillan

    90210 :( I’m guessing people didn’t know it was on and will bounce back next week.

    Sucks for LA Complex, the show is actually very good.

  • Observer

    Hey Martin Gero – Karma’s a B!

  • Terry

    In yesterday’s poll, I picked .4 as the ratings for the premiere of L.A. Complex. Guess I overestimated.

  • John A

    CW shouldve just aired 90210 repeats at 9pm. L.A Complex is a disaster.

  • Leonard

    Halves of PP??

  • Guy

    Thats better Private Practice. The fans realised it was back. Unfortunately doesn’t bode well for Body of Proof but PP does deserve to return. Glad to see Glee up too. The show was awesome last night.

  • Rachel

    I didn’t think LA Complex would do too well but I never imagined it what perform that badly. Not even 1 million viewers. Yikes.

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