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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  • SmG

    Pilot watch

    Dramas gaining traction at ABC include Marc Cherry’s latest, “Devious Maids”; sudsers “Americana” and “Nashville”; and Shawn Ryan’s “The Last Resort.” NBC is high on hospital vehicle “County” and mystery “Midnight Sun.” At Fox, the buzz was building for the Rob Wright-Josh Berman project about a femme Mafia doctor.


  • H5O Fan

    @Derek good post, and most people on this site posting should get it, but lately not so much. Everyday more new posters and postings complaining about how TV works and this site is clueless, and less posters who got it and are gone. I am starting to believe that CBS posters kept this site alive (that remark should cause a fit). Still, this site is losing to many amazing posters that added life to this site and a back lash for stupid comments, and those that are left that get it, we are so screwed because to little for so many comments that are not getting it.

  • Holly


    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.

    I have serious doubts about this statement. I can easily see the spring Live+7 being comparable to the fall Live+SD, but I don’t think that Live+7 to Live+7 comparisons are even. The shows still lose overall.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Holly, because it isn’t true! though it is certainly true that many of the Live+7 ratings are as big or nearly as big (and bigger in some cases) as the Live+SD ratings from the fall, but of course the Live+7 ratings are down too.

  • Lauren

    @Anita – GG has dropped in the W18-34 THIS SEASON But is still up the top with TVD.

    This weeks W18-34

    GG – 1.3
    HOD – 1.1
    90210 – 1.0
    LA COMPLEX – 0.4

  • Linda E.

    It’s too bad the HF-0 half of the crossover with NCIS LA didn’t get higher numbers. HF-0 fans lucked out with the better episode. If LA didn’t have such a strong lead-in, in wouldn’t be doing as well.

    I’ll be so happy when Alex O’Loughlin is back next Monday.

  • Networkman

    For those of you who were saying that Glee should move to Thursday night behind X-Factor, I starting to think you are right. Glee needs support quickly and that may help keep the show alive for 2 more seasons.

  • Ralph Hahn

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

    I think Yogi started getting hate mail from fat ladies. lol.

    I'll paraphrase the famous Mark Twain quote because it differs from search engines. The one that I hear most often is "Reports of my demise have been overexaggerated." W.C. Fields seemed to have copped to originating a version of that saying, but Twain had the original idea.

    And, BTW, the Fat Lady, to whom Berra was referring, was Kate Smith, best known for "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America."

  • Ralph Hahn

    I’m too tired of expressing my opinions on prime-time television tonight. I should be because, since that I’ve been a Born-Again Batchelor again, I watch no more than a handful of prime-time and late-night shows a week.

    I usually have Fox News on in the background as I used to play the radio, when radio used to be good.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @networkman: >>> …Glee needs support quickly and that may help keep the show alive for 2 more seasons. <<<

    I'd like to hear opinions on how "Glee" was the greatest thing since sliced bread a year or two ago..and now it needs support to survive:

  • Matt

    The writer of this piece needs to…learn how to write. “Got” isn’t a particularly powerful word to use 100 times.

  • Rebecca

    @Ralph Hahn
    Sorry, but it was not Yogi Berra who originally said it. My dad has a book of Yogi Berra’s quotes (that I gave him). Originations of the phrase:
    Towards the bottom they do mention his “It ain’t over til it’s over” quote. My favorite of his, though, was “You can’t get there from here.”

  • Luke

    I feel like The CW really need to just take a huge risk and clean the deck, or atleast prepare to clean the deck next season.

    Hart of Dixie

    Renewed for Final 13 episode final season:
    Gossip Girl

    The Secret Circle (13 episodes; moved to Fridays)
    The Vampire Diaries
    America’s Next Top Model

    If they were smart, they’d pair 90210 and Gossip Girl on Monday nights and pitch it as a ‘Farewell the gossip Mondays’ or something. Gossip Girl and 90210 attract the same fans and demo’s, and add in the ‘final season’ bump, and they’ll have a stable night.

    And for heavens sake, do not even attempt to make any more ‘reality’ shows. They all fail.

    8/7c 90210
    9/8c Gossip Girl

    8/7c *New comedies* (CW Comedy block, 2 new shows)
    9/8c *New drama*

    8/7c America’s Next Top Model
    9/8c *new show* (Carrie Diaries)

    8/7c The Vampire Diaries
    9/8c *new show* (Cult or Arrow)

    8/7c The Secret Circle
    9/8c Supernatural

  • OERM

    PP Season 6 !!!

  • Jenny

    Private practice went down since last week’s numbers were massive but still steady and good. Enough for a full final season
    Now I’m waiting for Scandal to be canceled ;)

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