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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  • Valerie

    PP will be up next week for sure! It’s going to be season finale. This was just because that stupid Voice.

  • Julie

    GCB did better than PP and that’s not saying much

  • Jenny

    The Voice only a 4.3 when they had Justin Bieber. Not good for NBC

  • Nadine Harris

    well there was less to “hold on to.” Could just be an artifact.

  • S.

    PP wasn’t hurt by the voice, if it was any good people would have made the sacrifice of 42 minutes of sleep and watched it after, and still have been counted.

    It was the crappyness of the episode and the idiotic idea of giving the A and B-stories to the help.

    The Voice didn’t hurt Unforgetable because people had a reason to watch, it was the finale.

  • Guy

    Ouch for Private Practice. I hope it gets the rumoured 13 episode order for a final season.

  • Alan

    It was a good night for The CW. LA Complex didn’t fell more, and 90210 is steady as usual. It deserves its early renovation.
    Cougar Town should move to NBC, its ratings are good for NBC standards.

  • rob60990

    “The Voice only a 4.3 when they had Justin Bieber. Not good for NBC”

    How many people in the demo care about Justin Bieber?

  • Bunny

    I feel like CT still has a chance for renewal..

    but slamming your network doesn’t help

    “Cougar Town Star Blasts ABC: We’re Treated Like the “Ugly Stepsister,” Says Busy Philipps”


  • zerg

    even tuesday’s shows rose..hope that tonight all shows will go up

  • SJ

    Jesus Christ, PP dropped like a rock! I expected it to go down slightly, maybe to a 1.9 or so, but I never suspected it had that much of an overlap with that crappy excuse for a karaoke contest.

    At least NCIS didn’t go below a 3.0. It is the only drama this season not to do so.

  • Riff Rafferty

    ABC Private Practice 1.5 4 6.087

    Couldn’t happen to a fatter slob.

    Well, ABC, your audience has spoken. Will you listen? Or ignore them as usual?

  • Clarke

    Thank goodness LMS went up. Call me crazy, but I really, desperately hope ABC revives TGIF. I miss 90’s style/feel good family comedies.

    Unforgettable’s finale last night was frustrating. It was a great episode with lots of action but… it left on a cliffhanger and now we’ll probably never know who killed Carrie’s sister. I think the show started off feeling like a standard, dull procedural but the show eventually got better with the addition of Jane Curtain and more intriguing storylines.

  • Steph

    NCIS was great as was NCIS:LA & Unforgettable.

  • battye

    NBC still showing signs of life :)

  • PJM

    @Bunny, well you certainly can’t blame Busy for feeling that way. Happy Endings pulled the same ratings in the post-MF slot last year as Cougar Town (worse most weeks), and yet it got to stay in the slot and then Cougar Town was left flapping in the breeze. I wonder if the same thing will happen to Happy Endings now with Apartment 23 getting similar ratings to Happy Endings.

  • Roswell

    La complex should be renewed!

  • maya

    the time slot helped nbc the voice

    i mean if nbc gives this show a good timing the ratings will be always high

  • Petar

    If the voice is not 2 cycles must stay in the fall. In the fall ratings will be much better than in the spring.

  • Adamdp13

    The Voice obviously hurt Private Practice. Looks like its more likely for a 13ep final renewel than a 22ep full season.

    Pleased for Cougar Town too, although last week it had 5 million viewers and a 1.3, this week can only manage a 4.7 but gets a 1.5….strange. Still keeping fingers crossed for an ABC renewel.

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