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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  • bhagya

    they are 97% sure.

  • Ram510

    Please Bill Lawrence, don’t lie to me! I hope Bill and Courtney can find a way for a 4th season

  • Mel

    Where they are lower is in the demo.

  • Sarah

    I think the charm of New Girl is wearing off. I loved the pilot but I found myself growing more and more bored with each episode that aired.

  • Joe

    Wow at Last Man Standing….

  • Joe

    @Sarah Most people I know share the exact opposite of your opinion.

    A 2.1 is really not that bad considering Glee was only a 2.3.

  • K

    That was a series low for GLEE last night too correct?

  • UKTVFan

    How the mighty have fallen. Here is a comparison of the “first week of May” episodes Glee has aired over the past three seasons:

    S1, Ep. 17 (5/4/10): 11.62 million viewers, 4.9 in 18-49 demo
    S2, Ep. 19 (5/3/11): 8.85 million viewers, 3.7 in 18-49 demo
    S3, Ep. 18 (5/1/12): 5.95 million viewers, 2.4 in the 18-49 demo

    Unless last night’s episode is adjusted upward, it will become the first episode of the show to go below 6 million.

  • Michael

    Cougar Town is really suffering this season, int eh ratings department.

  • Bunny


    I don’t think you should laughed at Cougar Town’s low ratings…Bill Lawrence tweeted he was 9.7% sure about the renewal now..and most of the Happy Endings crew haven’t tweeted for a few days soo something is deff up….IMO

  • rob60990

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

    The Office?

    There were many many people willing to give New Girl a chance but the show did not deliver. Has nothing to do with whether there is a laugh track or not.

  • Max

    Amazing really how far shows like GLEE, NEW GIRL, THE VOICE, etc…have fallen since the fall.

  • cuba

    The CW is censoring LA Complex? LOL.

  • rob60990

    It’s a 2.4 for Glee according to FOX.

  • Coacoav

    So…. the NCISLA fans didn’t watch the H50 crossover but the H50 fans did watch part2 of the NCISLA crossover. I guess CBS’s plan worked to get NCISLA numbers up again. The question is will the H50 fans come back next week?

  • Joe

    @Bunny There is no way Cougar Town gets renewed and Happy Endings doesn’t. That would make absolutely no sense. The HE crew has likely been “quiet” on Twitter because the show is off the air for the summer while Cougar Town is still airing.

  • bhagya

    they are 97% sure.
    it was asked that ont he scale of 0-10 how sure are they that ct will renew.

  • CrimTV


    The Voice didn’t start in fall, it started in January (and Tuesday shows didn’t start until April 3, 2012)

  • SteveO

    REALLY hoping Glee gets the boost with the end of the season coming up. It should go up a little bit.

  • W

    Bravo for CBS! NCIS and the 2 crossover episodes of H50 and NCIS: LA did well.

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