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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  • mattfitz

    @Jenny I watched whole season of the voice but during beibers performance changed to Bulls game till 10 min of and got results Beiber sux hes no draw except to tweens and pedophiles

  • TVDude

    NBC has to be happy with The Voice. Sure it fell from the post-Superbowl episodes, but it’s far from their biggest problem. The finale was up from last year, which is a plus, since its recent episodes have been down. Would they like it if it rated higher? Of course, any network would like if their shows rated higher. They’re still happy with it regardless.

    Fashion Star might be profitable, but I don’t think they should keep it around unless it gets put on a different night. Like Wednesdays or Fridays. Heck, it might even be decent behind the Thursday comedies since none of the dramas seem to last there. Tuesdays is one of NBC’s stronger nights and they need to focus on it more next season. I do have no doubt that we haven’t seen the last of Fashion Star after this season though, despite the lower ratings.

  • john

    I completely agree, i mean, its what makes me wanna watch The Voice, i love Christina’s Voice, but i despise her attitude, but its exactly that attitude that brings me back, along with the Talent! To be honest without her, the show would be, dull, boring, just another “nice” show!! people love to hate Christina, and thats exactly why some people watch! Great to see its ratings rise!

  • BL

    NCIS: LA retained 100% of its lead-in in the 18-49 rating. Pretty strong and I think Person of Interest should move to that 10pm slot where the forgettable “Unforgettable” (certain to be canceled) is next season.

  • Melanie

    PP took a hit, but it should bounce back next week for the season finale. Good for 90210. The LA Complex seems to be stuck at the 0.3 rating each week, LOL.

  • Mike

    Glee is 2 hours next week.

  • Jenny

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

    Yes 4.3 is good but it was due to Justin Bieber, last week The Voice had a 3.1 and the ratings have been falling all season. The future does not look good for The Voice.

    And Juliet should have won. If the show does not produce a star the ratings will drop.
    Plus no one trust the vote, especailly after Juliet and Tony did so well on i tunes

    And if you are NBC you should not be shooting for ratings that are good for your low rated network, you should be going after a hit show ratings.

  • darius

    Ncis LA has had a better season than Ncis from the storylines point of view.Well it has the showrunner that made ncis the number one show and seems to have a direction going forward.We had Gibbs battling terrorists in seasons 1-3 and we need something new!

  • woofydude

    PP is dead on arrival. It had that big DWTS lead in and blew it.

    LMS starts the night good as an anchor and at least the show following it should benefit, but Cougar Town blows its own horn.

    Better for CT to be on cable.

  • bluejays

    I’m scary worried for PP now and still think its better than Greys. If it had an earlier time slot I think it would be stronger. the ten pm slot is just majorly harsh this year. It’s really difficult for all the nets in this slot and I hope that ABC realise that and give PP a final season order. It’s going to be increasingly hard to find shows that can perform well in that slot and PP has a better chance still than a new drama I would argue. Even if they just give it a short season order.

  • jassica

    nbc the voice ratings are higher than the last season

  • Burr

    Wow I am always shocked at the snottiness of some fans – NCIS LA fans showed up today. I sort of get the Castle/H50 smackdown, but seriously? These shows are on the same network, somewhat similar in type, and just did a crossover that did nothing for H50 and apparently created new fans for NCISLA. Be happy YOUR show didn’t drop in the ratings this week, because it totally sucks.

  • Ultima

    …but NCIS is and remains most watched show!!

    Nielsen says otherwise

    American Idol (Wed) – 19.941 million
    NCIS – 19.394 million

    I’m guessing that NCIS actually beats Idol for live+SD new episode viewers though. Which will of course lead to CBS correctly calling NCIS #1, FOX correctly calling Idol #1, NBC correctly calling SNF #1 and ABC will do some sort of magic to make DWTS #1.

  • Mon

    Well, NCIS drop a lot since DST and it makes NCIS: LA look good for retaining all NCIS’ remaining young viewers.

  • Mi

    @OMG personally, I think Revenge’s main problem for next season is more its premise than its ratings. They need to find new interesting storylines that would fit the Revenge theme and show people this show has a future for the long run. Then, hopefully the ratings will be there too.

    LA complex is losing viewers, despite whoever says differently. It has only one airing this week and not two like the previous weeks, but apparently not too many people cared to follow from Wednesday to Tuesday.

  • Kellz

    Steady at a 0.6 really hope 90210 goes up to 0.7 next week.

  • Valerie

    Why someone says PP is DOA?? It did good last week, and the week before. The first week after the move a lot of people didn’t know about the move because originally the move was planned week later than it actually happened. No, PP is not dead, it go up next week.

  • ReallyTired

    The old folks that watch NCIS and NCIS LA are never going to watch the Voice, or anything else on NBC. So it should come as no shock that they held on to their audience.

    Still, NB trounced CBS 9-11pm.

  • Steph

    @Darius I disagree. I’m glad that NCIS is going back to having the whole terrorist thing. This is the best season finale arch they’ve had in a couple seasons. I wasn’t a big fan of last years season finale. This one is actually really good and keeping a lot of people on their toes. It seems that this season finale is focusing on the team as a whole which I like.

  • Steph

    @ReallyTired many people seem to think that only old people watch NCIS. I know a lot of teenagers [14,15,16] that watch the show religiously. I’m 21 myself and I’ve watched it for years.

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