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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  • One

    At the rate Last Man Standing is falling, it might well be in danger of cancellation.

    On a semi-related note, it says 28-49 next to Last Man Standing on the ratings report…

  • 47th

    No matter what Bill Lawrence says, Cougar is not coming back. Oh well, at least they’ll wrap up the story in the finale!

    PPs numbers are still decent enough for a full season order.

  • RyanCanada

    What the heck happened to New Girl, didnt it start at like a 4.4 demo? and now a 2.1 wow… that show is so good, i wish more people would watch it.

  • Sid

    I guess I’m not the only one who gave up on LMS.

    Unforgettable is over.

  • Paul

    It’s depressing that so many people watch those moronic CBS procedurals.

  • Taylor

    I don’t see how ABC can now justify renewing LMS and cancelling CT, other than Tim Allen.

  • MarcJames87

    W18-34 Ratings so far this week –

    GOSSIP GIRL – 1.3
    HART OF DIXIE – 1.1
    90210 – 1.0
    LA COMPLEX – 0.4

  • BL

    Someone please cancel Unforgettable and move New Girl after the X-Factor.

  • Dillan

    Was expecting 90210 to rise :(

  • John A

    Im starting to think 90210 should only get a 13 episode final season. Those numbers are woeful.

  • Adam

    I don’t know where 2 million plus viewers have gone from NCIS but it happens every year, the first half gets near 20 million or above every week and the second half stays between 16-18 Million, the same can be said about every show I guess

  • Stacey

    The text says that Glee got a 2.4 in 18-49 but the table says 2.3.

  • chrisss

    @ Taylor

    Especially considering CT is owned by ABC and LMS is owned by Fox.

  • CrimTV

    Tuesday night ratings are dismal all around, NCIS and NCIS:LA tied wow!

  • rob60990

    Ok now I think Last Man Standing is in some danger. 1.4 YIKES!

    Viewers finally realized New Girl is a bad show.

    Private Practice solid. :D

  • ABC hater

    LOL @ TBL.

    Very weak performance for a finale. :S

  • Max


    LAComplex is a good canadian soap. But the CW edits it a bit much and I find that to be annoying since it airs on a compatible network in canada and they don’t edit anything.

    If you really want to see it, catch it online. It has been RENEWED in canada anyways so it hardly matter what the CW does.

  • Bunny

    Bill Lawrence just tweeted that Cougar Town is 9.7% sure that Cougar Town will back next season..reminds me of when the fringe producer was sure 9.9% back and then a few days later…. bam!

    Happy Endings on the other hand..The writers and actors have been awfully quite twitter..something is fishy..


  • HB

    9-0 Demo same as GG. Ouch!

  • Kyle. S

    Wasn’t NCIS getting 4.0s last year? What’s happened?

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