TV Ratings Tuesday: 'New Girl', 'Unforgettable' 'Last Man Standing' and 'The Voice' Finales Rise, 'Private Practice' and 'NCIS' Hit Lows

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May 9th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/9 2.7/7 2.4/7 1.8/5 1.4/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.6/8 2.4/8 2.4/8 1.2/4 1.5/5 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.199 14.350 5.491 8.354 3.579 0.999


NBC was the number one network for the night in adults 18-49, but CBS won with total viewers.

CBS  NCIS was down a tenth to a new season low with a 3.0 in adults 18-49 vs. last week's 3.1 . NCIS: Los Angeles was flat with last week's 3.0  in adults 18-49. Unforgettable's season finale earned a 2.0, up from last week's series low.

On NBC, the season finale of  The Voice earned a 4.3  in adults 18-49, compared to last week's 3.1 and was up 16% overall from last year's finale ( which earned a 3.7 18-49 rating in June 2011). Earlier in the night, Fashion Star  earned a new season low with a 1.3, down two-tenths from last week's 1.5 among adults 18-49.

On FOX, Glee  earned a 2.6, up a tenth from last week's 2.5 in adults 18-49. New Girl's season finale was up six tenths to a 2.8 vs. last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Last Man Standing's finale earned a 1.7  among adults 18-49, up two-tenths from last week's 1.5. Cougar Town earned a 1.5, up two tenths from last week's series low 1.3 18-49 rating. The Dancing With the Stars results show was flat with last week's season low 2.3. Private Practice fell considerably to a new series low 1.5 from last week's a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, 90210 was flat with last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating. L.A. Complex also matched last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, May 8, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NCIS 3.0 9 17.824
FOX Glee 2.6 8 6.494
ABC Last Man Standing 1.7 5 6.603
NBC Fashion Star 1.3 4 4.405
CW 90210 0.6 2 1.319
8:30PM ABC Cougar Town 1.5 4 4.722
9:00PM NBC The Voice: Results (9-11) 4.3 11 11.596
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.0 8 14.495
FOX New Girl 2.8 7 5.533
ABC Dancing With the Stars: Results 2.3 6 13.312
CW The LA Complex 0.3 1 0.678
9:30PM FOX New Girl -R 1.6 4 3.442
10:00PM CBS Unforgettable 2.0 5 10.732
ABC Private Practice 1.5 4 6.087


Via NBC Press Note:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/6. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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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  • RJ

    Dang, NCIS: LA held onto ALL of NCIS?! I don’t recall that ever happening.

  • rob60990

    Wow PP got hurt more from The Voice finale than I thought. It’s still coming back though.

  • Jenny

    @ Pete “@Jenny The Voice should go for one cycle only next season. It is a ratings magnet, but there is a danger of over-exploiting it. Look at Fox – The X Factor and American Idol are canceling each other. The Voice’s ratings will fall maybe to low 3s”

    You are correct Pete. All these talent shows are just producing oversaturation and they are killing each other’s ratings and viewers. I am predicting Americas Got Talent to start of well because of the curiosity factor with Howard Stern (but only a 4.0 rating) and it will continue to have big drops.

    Curious that for all the seasons of a lot of Talent shows, only a few stars have resulted.

    “ And the winner of ‘The Voice’ is … Disappointment. Despite consistently strong performances, iTunes domination, (winning all online polls by a large margin) and strong buzz, neither Juliet Simms nor Tony Lucca were crowned the season 2 winner. Instead, the title went to Jermaine Paul”

    What is NBC going to do now that The Voice kept dropping in the ratings all year?
    Tonight’s finale was Terrible!
    Way too drawn out, way too much boring filler and the woman doing the interviews was so bad it was hard to watch.
    Plus yesterday show with last year’s final four proves the show does not have contestant’s talent to be stars.
    Today’s final four, only Juliet with the talent to be a star and she did not win.
    Juliet, Tony and Jesse Campbell where the only 3 with the power to become stars. And Juliet was second, Tony third, and Jesse did not make it to the finals due to Christina, and Christina made sure Tony did not win.
    Judges Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, all help all the singers.
    Christina Aguilera does not help any of the singers and only hurts the singers. “Christina’s cruel remarks & diva antics have turned everyone against her”
    And Christina turned off a lot of viewers with her constant attacks on Tony; it was disgusting and uncalled for.
    Also for a show called The Voice, there was a lot of lip syncing in tonight’s final.
    I predict The Voice will be The Flop next year.

  • mantin

    Great for New Girl!

  • rob60990

    Where are those Hawaii 5-0 fans that said NCIS: LA would drop big?

  • HB

    Ouch at PP!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @RJ, in the preliminary fast nationals it happened last week too (but I don’t remember it ever happening before that).

  • Emily

    Wow, go New Girl! It beat Glee, so I guess it wasn’t because they included a Glee sneak peek in the episode, right?

  • Valerie

    PP was really hurt by The Voice finale.

  • Bobby

    New Girl’s ratings are so random, but I’m glad to see it went up for the finale so much considering it was probably my favorite episode of the show thus far. Nice to see Glee, Last Man Standing, and Cougar Town all up some too. This is probably the first Tuesday where no show I watch went down!

  • Kyle

    Thank goodness LMS rose. Hopefully its adjusted up. :D

  • Julie

    Bad for private practice :(

  • Stella

    Where are all the people that said NCIS:LA would fall this week now? ;)


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  • Bunny

    I think New Girl was low last time because of finals week in schools

  • zerg

    Boom TNG

    The voice destroyed PP :(


    LMS still safe considering the slot

  • jt

    GO new girl!! Great first season

    Really think new girl loses viewers whenever they have show a parental warning before it.

  • Dillan

    90210 half hours? Really wanted it to get a 0.7. Glad its renewed anyway.

  • DougF

    Half Hours

    NCIS 2.9/3.2
    FS 1.1/1.5
    Glee 2.5/2.7
    90210 0.6/0.6
    DWTS 2.2/2.3
    NCISLA 2.9/3.0
    TVoice 3.9/4.2/4.2/4.6
    LAC 0.3/0.2
    PP 1.6/1.4
    UF 2.0/1.9

    Overall Viewers
    NCIS 17.16/18.49
    Fashion Star 4.18/4.63
    Glee 6.30/6.68
    90210 1.36/1.28
    DWTS 12.76/13.86
    NCISLA 14.48/14.51
    TVoice 10.84/11.04/11.04/12.67
    LAC 732k/623k
    PP 6.72/5.45
    UF 11.04/10.42

  • John A

    Crap at PP. Good for NCIS LA.

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