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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  • Ryan

    Is New Girl considered a hit anymore? Just to clarify I’m not hating on it, but it just doesn’t seem like it would have been an obvious candidate for renewal if it had been pulling these ratings earlier in the season.

  • xwiseguyx

    I’m boycotting the CW until they show the extended boys kissing scene on LA Complex…

  • Ram510

    How is it Cougar Town did better with a LMS repeat last week than with an original this week? I still hope Cougar Town is renewed

  • tv_viewer

    Where are those people who say that crossover of H5O and NCIS:LA wouldn’t work? Maybe smallpox silenced them.

  • Dennis

    lol at Cougar Town! :) :)

    Happy Endings Season 3 here we come !!

  • One @ BL

    Well, Unforgettable is certainly getting canceled. The entire second half of the season has been tantamount to putting nails in the coffin. This result was another along that line…

  • Michael

    How many episodes of LA Complex left to be aired? CW might possibly cancel it before finishing the episodes. This must be really embarrassing for the CW. This is a new low for the network. It can’t get worse than a 0.3!

  • rob60990

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

    Spring happened.

  • Jen

    Ugh, I really like The L.A. Complex but I’m not surprised. The CW is such a mess right now and they need to get their entire network together asap.

  • S.

    LMAO! Private Practice had a filler episode were nothing happened, even the the “medical” cases were just as exciting as watching paint dry, and no promotion from ABC, not even on facebook or the twitter account and still managed to do better Scandal.

    It seems that the only thing that cause a dent on PP’s ratings is what happened 2 weeks ago, having KaDee Strickland in the A-story of the episode trying to emote.

  • Jen

    xwiseguyx – that scene was hot!!!!!

  • SmG

    LA Complex 570k viewers :)

  • James

    Private Practice will probably be adjusted down

  • Sid

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

    I don’t think CW should get rid of all their veterans at one time. Last year they got rid of SMALLVILLE and they’ve yet to find a show to fill the void. This year OTH is gone and GOSSIP GIRL will be gone next year. 9O21O has averaged a 0.98 on Bill’s index which is only .03 away from the failing freshman SECRET CIRCLE.

    It did pretty good most of the Season so I don’t think it’s fair to bill a 13 episode Final Season(especially since CBS studios hasn’t found a new show to replace it with-hopefully Beauty& the Beast will be it!)

  • eridapo

    NCIS 2.9/2.1
    NCIS:LA 3.0/3.0
    Unforgettable 1.8/1.7

    Glee 2.4/2.4

    DWTS 2.2/2.5
    PP 2.3/2.0

    BL 1.9/2.4
    VOice 3.1/3.1
    FS 1.6/1.5

    90210 .6/.6
    LA Complex .3/.3

  • Alan

    Come on CT has to be adjusted up. 5 million please!

  • EZM

    Nice to see Private Practice holding up, in spite of a demographically weak and incongruent lead-in and all first-run competition. I guess people really didn’t know it was on in that first Tuesday airing. Fan Excuse Bingo FTW!

    I, too, think it’s earned its keep now–at least for a solid 18-episode order to wrap things up, if not a full season.

  • Mel

    Dennis, for NCIS, 17,25 is close to what they had last year. With final results last year, it was: 17,87. It’s every year the same thing.

  • Bunny

    A 2.1 for New Girl??? Hmm I guessed it’s not a successful single-cam sitcom after all…

    face it…single-cams will never work unless it’s family-oriented!

  • Randy

    I just don’t understand TV ratings. The Voice and NCIS:LA got almost identical 18-49 ratings, yet NCIS:LA snagged a little over 6 million viewers more. I don’t know about anyone else, but it would seem that over 6 million viewers more would equate to more money spent on products A, B and C. Unreal.

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