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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  • CBS makes me happy

    @paul really your depressed wow

  • Max


    Well, that makes it even worse. The VOICE has fallen fast for not even airing in the fall but instead later in the tv season. LOL.

  • Joe

    So do we still think Last Man Standing is a definite renewal?

  • MoHasanie

    Bad night for everything but PP. As ok as PP is doing at 10pm, I’m sure ABC is regretting not moving their once mediocre hits like PP or even B&S, earlier from their original timeslot, and giving the valuable lead in of Grey’s and Housewives to a new shows.

    CBS was steady, but the whole line up needs to change except NCIS. A 2.4 at 9pm, against very little competition, or at least competition which shouldn’t affect shows like NCIS.

    ABC comedies at 8pm have such ugly ratings. Cancel them both.

    The best news of the night, was Glee falling so low :D . Who still watches that show?
    New Girl is now getting less than half of what it was getting in the fall. That should be very worrying for Fox.

  • HB

    I was wondering the same thing.However,it was nice strategy for NCSI LA.

    About H50,AOL returns next week.I am pretty sure they will tune in next week :D

  • chrisss

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

    Even thought the only single cam family comedy that gets higher ratings than New Girl is Modern Family?!

  • jr

    How long before the CW goes the all rerun MyNetworkTV route?

  • eridapo

    PP will be adjusted down by a tenth due to DTWS overrun.

    930PM DWTS 14.20M 2.5/ 6
    1000PM PP 8.35M 2.3/ 6
    1020PM PP 6.90M 2.0/ 5

  • Maxine

    Used to be a big NCIS fan, I’ve been disappointed this season, especially with that awful 200th episode, followed by Tony’s ex Wendy and the addition of Jamie Lee Curtis character…

  • rob60990

    “CBS was steady, but the whole line up needs to change except NCIS. A 2.4 at 9pm, against very little competition, or at least competition which shouldn’t affect shows like NCIS.”

    NCIS:LA had a 3.0.

  • SJ

    Cougar Town just keeps getting deader and I’m inclined to agree with those who doubt Last Man Standing’s future as well.

    New Girl won’t make it to season 3. You can quote me on that. It and Glee will be ending by May 2013.

    Great for Private Practice! Now let’s just hope that awful Scandal starts falling and gets canceled! :D

  • Max


    I still watch GLEE religiously. I love it. It just makes me smile. I know it is far from emmy award winning television but the songs are great, it has humor, and I love the joy it brings. Clearly, that joy had decreased among the rest of the viewing country. LOL.

  • martie

    Tim Allen can’t be cheap – I also wonder if it’s worth it to bring LMS back with those ratings. It’s not just a bad night either – it’s been dropping for weeks now.

  • rob60990

    “PP will be adjusted down by a tenth due to DTWS overrun.”

    It wasn’t adjusted down the past 2 weeks.

  • lsb

    I think Last Man Standing would be doing better if they had paired it with the new shows they have in the works like Reba and Kirsti Alley’s new show.

    LMS was a little too early in getting on the air, there really isn’t anything to go with it. If it survives this season I see it paired next season with shows that actually work with it, instead of shows that work against it, like Cougar Town.

  • therock

    they replaced breaking in for new girl repeats…why?

  • Bunny


    Malcolm in the Middle..and the Middle is getting there

    It makes me wonder if Modern Family wasn’t a mocumentary style sitcom will it still get a high ratings..

  • enes

    Renew Ringer !

  • SJ


    Private Practice didn’t get adjusted down the past two weeks and neither did Body of Proof the two weeks before that. DWTS Results apparently ends at 10:00 sharp now. There’s no reason to believe that PP will be adjusted down.

  • Clarke

    Does anyone else think the CW should put Unforgettable on their schedule next season? It could easily be transported from it’s parent company CBS to theirs.

    0.3 for LA Complex…again? The CW should just take it off their schedule before it starts getting 0.0’s.

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