TV Ratings Tuesday:'The Voice' Down But Wins Night 'NCIS:Los Angeles' Rises, 'Cougar Town', 'Last Man Standing' Hit Series Lows

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May 2nd, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/7 2.3/6 2.1/6 1.9/5 1.4/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/4 1.7/5 2.1/7 1.2/4 1.4/5 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 14.29 6.74 4.79 8.93 3.48 0.88


CBS was the number one network for the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers.

CBS  NCIS got a 3.0 in adults 18-49 matching its last original on April 17. NCIS: Los Angeles, which featured a Hawaii Five-O  crossover, got a 3.0  in adults 18-49  up 25% from the 2.4 for its last original on April 10. Unforgettable matched the series low 1.8  for its last original on April 10.

On NBC, the season finale of The Biggest Loser got a 2.1 in adults 18-49, down from a 2.2 last week and off 30% from last spring's finale for its lowest rated season finale ever. The Voice got a 3.1  in adults 18-49, down from last week's 3.4 but still ranking as the night's highest rated program in the demo. Fashion Star got a 1.5 among adults 18-49, matching its performance last week.

On FOX, Glee  got a 2.4 in adults 18-49 down 11% from a 2.7 last week. New Girl got a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 19% from last week's 2.6.

On ABC, Last Man Standing got a series low 1.4  among adults 28-49, down from a 1.6  for its last original episode on April 17. Cougar Town got a series low 1.3 18-49 rating down from a 1.5 last week. The Dancing With the Stars results show matched its series lowwith a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating down from last week's 2.4. Private Practice  got a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating down from last week's 2.2.

On the CW, 90210 got a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating, matching last week's performance. L.A. Complex got a 0.3 in adults 18-49, matching last week's  low premiere ratings.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, May 1, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.0/9 17.25
FOX Glee 2.4/8 5.95
NBC The Biggest Loser (finale) 2.1/7 7.13
ABC Last Man Standing 1.4/5 6.49
CW 90210 0.6/2 1.19
8:30 ABC Cougar Town 1.3/4 4.99
9:00 NBC The Voice 3.1/8 8.86
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.0/8 15.01
ABC Dancing With the Stars Results 2.3/6 13.42
FOX New Girl 2.1/6 4.39
CW L.A. Complex 0.3/1 0.57
9:30 FOX New Girl - R 1.4/4 2.86
10:00 ABC Private Practice 2.1/6 7.62
CBS Unforgettable 1.8/5 10.63
NBC Fashion Star 1.5/4 4.23

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," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.4/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/6.
  • 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," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 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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  • Sid

    I hate seeing 9-0 match Gossip Girl :(

  • SteveO

    Ouch, bad for Glee and New Girl.

  • sp

    Without seeing the pilots I predict my NBC fall/mid season schedule.


    7:00- 8:30 Football Night In America
    8:30-12:00 Sunday Night Football

    8:00-10:00 The Voice
    10:00-11:00 County

    8:00-8:30 Lady Friends/Whitney
    8:30-9:00 Table for three
    9:00-9:30 Downwardly Mobile
    9:30-10:00 Guys with Kids
    10:00-11:00 Chicago Fire


    8:00-8:30 Betty White
    8:30-9:00 Whitney
    9:0010:00 Loser/Parenthood
    10:00-11:00 SVU

    8:00-8:30 Go On
    8:30-9:00 Save Me
    9:00-9:30 The New Normal
    9:30-10:00 1600 Penn

    10:00-11:00 Smash

    8:00-8:30 Community(final season)
    8:30-9:00 30 Rock(final season)
    9:00-9:30 The Office(final season)
    9:30-10:00 Parks & Rec
    10:00 Grimm.

    mid season

    7:00- 8:00 Dateline
    8:00-9:00 Celebrity Apprentice
    9:00-1000 Loser
    10:00-11:00 Parenthood

    8:00-10:00 Americas Got Talent
    10:00-11:00 Bad Girls

    8:00-8:30 Lady Friends
    8:30-9:00 Table for three/Whitney
    9:00-9:30 Downwardly Mobile
    9:30-10:00 Guys with Kids
    10:00-11:00 Chicago Fire


    8:00-8:30 The Farm
    8:30-9:00 Animal Kingdom
    9:00-10:00 Notorious
    10:00-11:00 SVU

    8:00-8:30 Go On
    8:30-9:00 1600 Penn
    9:00-9:30 The New Normal
    9:30-10:00 Friday Night Dinner
    10:00-11:00 The Midnight Sun

    8:00-9:00 Hannibal
    9:00-10:00 Grimm
    10:00 Mockingbird Lane

  • Max


    obviously, The LA Complex just isn’t attracting viewers on The CW. I enjoy the show very much but to be honest, I have already seen all the episodes previously and I find the CW’s edits of certain things to be really annoying.

    – they drop the audio on certain words, even ones that are not that adult
    – they cut out the extended kissing scene between the guys at the end of last night’s episdoe

    I’m not sure why The CW is so strict with this show when other dramas on their network show very risque things without much care or worry. Weird.

    If this show continues on in Canada, I will catch the episodes online. But it isn’t for The CW.

  • Jack

    Great Crossover between H5-0 and NCIS: L.A.!

  • Michael

    Lol, wow at LA Complex.

  • Robsten_Fan


  • HB

    Woaaahhhhhh NCIS LA…Huge Jump!

  • livvy

    Ughhhhh. I hate that Cougar Town doesn’t have better ratings.
    And why do the Glee ratings keep going down?

  • Jenny

    What will the ratings for The Voice Finals be next Monday and the next Tuesday’s results show?
    Remember Justin Bieber is scheduled to appear.

    What will the ratings for Smash be next Monday and the next Monday after that without The Voice lead in?

  • Steve-A


  • Greg

    Wow. Is LMS really that safe for renewal anymore? A 1.4 is dismal.

    ABC’s best bet is to stick with a comedy hour with Happy Endings and either Apartment 23 (more likely) or Cougar Town (which would survive for syndication purposes, obviously).

  • Kennedy

    why did Fox fall so much? :( New Girl is my favorite show

  • edward

    LA Complex down in viewers, I don’t watch it till tonight

  • danny94

    still good for private practice, bad for last man standing think abc will axe it

  • Sammy01

    Looking at those numbers for Fox feeling much better about Bones after last night now.

  • Guy

    Damn. Glee dropping .3 is worrying. I thought it would go up or at least stay on par with last week. The standard over the past couple of episodes has been great. Looking forward to the next few weeks in particular.

  • Dennis

    ‘only’ 17.25 million viewers for NCIS!? Where are the 20 million viewers???

  • BrieK

    Private Practice has a loyal fan base. What is “L.A. Complex” and is it worth it to find out at this point?

  • Amy

    Woah at New Girl. Only 4.3 million viewers(yes, I know viewership doesn’t matter). Ouch.

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