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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  • Sid

    9O21O went up in total viewers, but same demo :(

  • CrimTV

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

    Yes i’m sure NBC are so upset with The Voice’s 4.3, must be so embarrassing to see a rating that low for NBC ;)

  • Goodtvishard

    The fact that Unforgettable held at over 10 million viewers and went up to a 2.0 in the demo against the freaking FINALE of one of the most popular shows on TV is pretty impressive.

    I’m rethinking, and now maybe CBS would be wise to renew it for at least 13 as a midseason replacement (a la Rules of Engagement), or stick it on Fridays at 8 where it could go pair very well with “The Mentalist” at 9 and “Blue Bloods at 10″

  • Eddie

    cougar town’s ratings all over the place this season, up/down/up/down

  • Jark

    @Jenny – you’re crazy if you think Jesse Campbell was a star. He was creepy. The level of talent in this season was amazing and The Voice is going nowhere but up with its next season airing in the Fall. Christina might be a bitch but she gets people talking and the panel wouldn’t work without her. Juliet should have won but I’m sure she’ll have a career anyway. They can’t help that the public voted Jermaine as the winner.

  • Ultima

    The Voice finishes the season with a 4.9 Live+SD average, obviously less than American Idol, but also just shy of breaking the top five. Still, it more than doubles anything else on NBC outside of football and The Office.

    NBC Sunday Night Football – 8.4
    American Idol – 5.2
    Modern Family – 5.2
    The Big Bang Theory – 5.0
    Two and a Half Men – 5.0
    The Voice – 4.9

  • mattfitz

    Jenny are you on drugs? The Voice went up big from prior night prior week and prior season VERY GOOD FOR NBC

  • Dennis

    …but NCIS is and remains most watched show!! in the final ratings: I hope a number about 18 million viewers and a 3.1 rating again!

  • Baqinardo

    Jesse wasnt called back to perform last night.
    While others were. I think it wasnt xtina choice to kick him out.
    More like Jesse has something going on with NBC.

    And for the talent, i think Chris Mann and Juliet are the voice.
    Tony? He’s the weakest of all 4.
    Well, it’s all very subjective actually. It depends on what music u like the most.

  • Jenny

    @ 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?”

    Everybody loves Justin Bieber ! Bieber Fever

  • danny94

    ouch at PP!! love how the LA complex is holding on to that 0.3 say what you want but its got a loyal fanbase!!

  • Ben Thompson

    Good for New Girl and The Voice.

    Surprised NCIS:LA did this well again and also good that NCIS stayed above a 3.0.

    Private Practice got slaughtered.

  • Valerie

    That is not true! I know a lot of people who cannot stand Justin Beaver!

  • Amanda

    Private practice was a little boring last night but Im still very surprised to see this big drop.

  • Sarah

    Wow, can’t believe the drop for Private Practice. Yeah, the episode sucked but I didn’t realize that until half way through and by then I figured I might as well watch it all.

  • OMG

    New Girl’s ratings are really on a rollercoaster the entire season. You just never know whether it can be significantly up or significantly down. One week down 3 tenths, another week up 3 tenths, one week down 5 tenths, another week up 6 tenths.

    Private Practice’s ratings make me very worried about Revenge’s ratings. In fact, I have always been worried about Revenge’s ratings every single week from the premiere. Find it hard to say, and very ominous to say this, but the Fringe void might be filled with Revenge fans from next season onwards, with all the why are people not watching stuff. I really hope that does not happen.

  • Danielle

    Unforgettable was great. I want another season to resolve the story.

  • bluejays

    @Rob. Who said NCIS LA would drop? However it HAS dropped in earlier weeks this year, when it hit series lows and has been beaten by HFo twice this last couple months.

    There is NO issues between LA and Five-0 unless you’re a HFO hater like you, they are in different time slots, on different days, both produced by CBS and both with great syndication deals. Neither is going anywhere. Fact is the shows are very similar in many ways and if you swapped their times around they’d likely get similar results. they also get very similar amounts paid for ad time.

    Just as LA haters who state it should be moved away from NCIS where it would ‘die’ are wrong, so are HFO haters who try to portray the show as a failure. Both are patently ridiculous.

  • Paul

    I’m a little concerned with how much the elderly seem to enjoy those silly crime shows. Can a mass geriatric killing spree be on the horizon?

  • Bunny

    I follow the twitter of one of the writers for OUAT and she said that there is still no news on their renewal..I find it scary that all those abc shows will find out in the last min..

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