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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  • jt

    new girl will bounce back

  • Matthew

    Wow @ LMS.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Holly: Keep waiting. I no longer respond to fellow posters who have called me names or insulted me personally for my views.

  • Holly

    I called you names? Besides Ralph? When?

  • Bunny


    I don’t care if HE is a mid-season replacement I just want it renewed.

  • H5O Fan

    Well all I can say is thank god Holly is here, because this is getting nuts.

    @Jenny, I don’t think Sara’s crystal ball is working.

  • davey


    I’ve ben reading Bill Lawrence’s tweets as well – he seems CERTAIN that Cougar Town wil be back next year one way or another!!!

  • bluejays

    @Fans????? I don’t think AOL not being in it affected the ratings at all for HFO. Last week when it ticked up a notch people were saying it was because he wasn’t in it that it went up, this week they say its because he wasn’t in it that it went down. I doubt it had a massive effect either way. If he left for good, that would likely have a large negative impact (same with Scott Caan).

    I’ve not watched this week, not being a massive fan of NCIS LA and it being ‘Steveless’ doesn’t grab me as much but I watched the Max episode without AOL but then I really like Max, he’s a great character. I will catch up with this weeks at some point.

    @S. For your info Kadee Strickland is my favorite on PP. She can emote and she’s had to carry some really intense storylines. She’s also stunning. So your opinion is just that, your personal hating on an actress, nothing to do with the ratings of the show!

  • Jasey

    Has anyone here checked out the LA Complex by any chance? I’ve watch the first two episodes and was surprised at how much I liked it.

    I heard it’s supposed to get better with each episode. Hopefully the ratings and viewers will pick up especially considering last night’s shocking cliff hanger.

    There’s an encore of last night’s episode at 8:00pm tonight. Seriously get it a chance. :)

  • Dan

    I said it last week and I am going to say it again. The CW clearly should have saved Ringer for May sweeps because 0.5 is much better than 0.3! The CW effed up yet again.

  • MoHasanie


    What are you talking about? Body of Proof was pulling those numbers the whole of last season in that slot, and pulled 2.0 or more 5 times this season. And in fact, all of its episodes except for the one’s between December and April this season, pulled 1.8 and 1.9, which is only 0.2 behind PP.

  • bluejays

    @Mike – what? So let me get this straight. NCIS LA gets a big boost from the crossover (highest ratings its had in MONTHS) yet its nothing to do with the crossover?

    I think what you will find is that HFO is a ten pm show and yet twice in the last few weeks it’s beaten NCIS LA in the demo.

    Not that I’m saying HFO is stronger, we’d have to make them swap places to know which is stronger.

    I do think HFo has a pretty committed ‘fannish’ base to it’s audience, more than a lot of procedurals. I’m sure it has a lot of casual viewers too but I would bet money it has a larger percentage of obsessed fans than LA has.

    It’s got all the hallmarks of that kind of show, lots of fangirls, fanfiction, crazy fans, the Castle versus HFO debate on these pages, the AOL craziness, etc.

  • Bunny

    article about New Girl from New York Times:

    New Girl’ on Fox Is Latest Victim of a Disappearing TV Audience


  • John A

    I wouldnt worry too much for New Girl. Raising Hope has been in mid-high 1’s most of this season and has been renewed. I can see New Girl at least staying going for 4 seasons.

  • H5O Fan

    CBS did well at 8 and 9, and I am not getting into a spitting contest with H50 and NCIS LA fans, both shows did well and both are renewed. Two shows on the same network doing well, seriously life is good in CBS TV land.

    I have to agree with SJ, even with NG already renewed and LMS not yet renewed, both of these shows drops in ratings are worrisome.

    For fans thinking UF can be saved, I can’t remember a new show with those demos being renewed at CBS.

  • Holly

    @H50 Fan,

    For fans thinking UF can be saved, I can’t remember a new show with those demos being renewed at CBS.

    Blue Bloods had similar ratings last year, but it had the very good excuse of airing on Friday to help its renewal.

  • H5O Fan

    Oh forgot one thing, @Mike, seriously…………………………….

  • H5O Fan

    @Holly, you are right, but I don’t count Friday shows, when considering demos for the weekdays.

  • Rebecca

    @Ralph Hahn
    You all MUST know Yogi Berra’s most famous “Yogi-ism”: “It’s not over until the fat lady sings.”

    Close, but Yogi always changed the famous expressions a bit. HIS version was: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

  • Derek

    I think it’s funny how shows can have a nice up tick in the ratings one week and when it falls the next week people clamor to say it’s done/terrible/not looking good. Come on people. We all watching this site. We’ve all seen this spring that shows are experiencing roller coaster ratings like never before. Every show that was riding high in the fall has come down sharply this spring like NCIS or New Girl for example. When you look at the DVR +7 ratings (yes, I know they don’t matter) many of these shows finish at or near the same ratings they were regularly hitting in the fall. The fact of the matter is spring, for whatever crazy reason, has wreaked more havoc that usual on show ratings.

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