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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  • William Haney

    FOOTNOTE: Voice would even been bigger if it wasn’t for the failed “Fashion Star” coming in a dismal fourth. Like a basketball team being down 20 at the half. I may have put last week’s Biggest Loser finale there and put off Fashion till the next week.

  • Wendy

    New Girl’s finale was pretty damned great last night, so I’m happy the ratings reflect that. This is one show that really came into its own. Bring on season 2!

  • The End


    How would this work exactly?

    Amazing Race has 2 seasons a year at 12 episodes on average a season. That’s 24 weeks.

    Survivor has 2 seasons a year at 14-15 episodes on average a season.

    So going by Survivor having say 15 eps a season that’d be 30 weeks worth of eps, combine with Amazing Race thats 54 weeks of eps. That’s an incredibly tight schedule.

    Survivor is fine where it is anyway, the numbers are good. And Amazing Race 21 is filming soon for the fall season too!.

  • KJ Styles

    @William- That’s RIDICULOUS! CBS’s scripted demo average is HIGHER than any of the other broadcast networks. NBC’s wins the last couple of nights was because of The Voice. I’m not a fan of the singing competition shows personally. I’m 35 and even when I was younger they never appealed to me other than the auditions where I can laugh at the bad singers.

    As I mentioned before, NCIS is the top rated drama on all of television in both total viewers and the 18-49 demo. The Big Bang Theory (which also airs on CBS) is the top rated comedy on TV in both catagories. Most of the highest rated comedies except for Modern Family air on CBS. So all that BS about CBS is for old folks is completely false.

    NBC will finish the season in 3rd place among broadcast networks, and would have finished last if it weren’t for the Super Bowl. CBS will air the Super Bowl this coming season so they will win in a complete and total landslide!

  • Tony ^_^

    Yeah!! Go New Girl!!! :D ^_^

  • Shelly

    I think 9O21O will get a Full Season 5 with at least a 13 episode Season 6. 9O21O is a CW veteran and the sole show that CBS has full rights to(upcoming Beauty and the Beast will be #2). Everything else on The CW is partly owned by WB.

    Plus 9-O makes a ton on money(reportedly 2 million per episode) for CBS studious. Shows on CBS make similar amounts as well. Until CBS studios can find a hit, 9O21O will make it to Season 6(at least).

    It’s been getting ratings like this since the Spring of ’09. It always performs solidly in the Fall and Weak in the Spring(as do most shows).

  • Travis

    @ Polar Bear

    There’s one problem with your theory about the Super Bowl and no one caring about Madonna – More people watched the half-time show than the game itself. Nice try though buddy. I always love when people try to slag Madonna off. It’s so comical because she hasn’t been around for 30 years for nothing. She’ll outlast all of us.

  • Freyja


    Why do you keep posting rumors and hearsay against Christina? Did you post any of the backstage stuff against Adam when he called her a C*** and a B****?

    Even if this is true it just makes my point even more that Adam kept Tony around to as a pawn in his fight against Christina.

    I don’t usually believe any rumors from TMZ unless it comes from Christina’s mouth she was in love with Tony I don’t believe it.

    Yeah an X-Clubber who is probably friends with Tony would say that, if he was that popular why didn’t he go on to become famous oh yeah right lol

  • kaslad

    @Jeff R
    I can’t tell how, but I know it will be renewed.
    Only six more days and it will be official.

  • John A

    @Harry yeah but CW was stronger back then. I guess its not impossible for 90210 to grow but just unlikely.

  • Jenny

    @ Freyja What about the article below? Is every one wrong except Christina ? Another woman like Beyonce should replace Christina. We need a better example for women.

    from http://www.hollywoodlife.com/2012/05/09/christina-aguilera-being-fired-the-voice-fighting-adam-levine/

    Christina Aguilera Quitting ‘The Voice’? Crew Detests Her

    “Christina’s cruel remarks & diva antics have turned everyone against her, HollywoodLife.com has learned exclusively.

    Adam Levine may be the only person publicly feuding with Christina Aguilera, but behind the scenes of The Voice, it’s Christina against the world! ”The entire crew blames Christina for the argument and feud with Adam,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “I’ll be surprised if she is here next year as a judge — and if she is, she will never win the show.”

    “Everyone is happy with what Adam did and is completely on his side with this issue,” our source adds.

    Adam, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green have proven themselves to be easygoing, but Christina is reportedly making crew members’ lives a living a hell.

    “When things get heated — on and off set — the people in makeup have been told to go to Christina and work on her so she doesn’t start complaining or yelling,” our source reveals. “If she starts carrying on and making a scene [with the other coaches], the people in makeup act like a pit crew and rush to her to keep her quiet.”

  • Jenny

    @Freyja How much proof do you need? What about the article below? Is every one wrong except Christina ? Another woman like Beyonce should replace Christina. We need a better example for women.

    from http://www.tmz.com/2012/05/09/dale-godboldo-christina-aguilera-tony-lucca-mickey-mouse-club/

    Ex-Mickey Mouse Clubber
    Christina Was in LOVE
    with Tony Lucca

    Christina Aguilera has it out for Tony Lucca on “The Voice” because he spurned her while they worked on The Mickey Mouse Club — this according to a former Mouseketeer.
    Ex-Mouse Clubber Dale Godboldo — who starred on the 90s MMC revival alongside Aguilera and Lucca — tells TMZ, Tony was pretty popular in his Disney days

  • Nick

    You know a show’s in danger when it gets the same ratings as Cougar Town…
    And what’s all this bull about how Private Practice gets SO much better ratings than Body of Proof. Yes its Renew/Cancel Index is higher, but the R/C index measures ratings from JANUARY to now. BoP was doing better in the fall withDWTS. Meanwhile, PP enjoyed a cushy lead-in from the HIGHEST-RATED DRAMA (with a crossover added in), while BOP was behind the ABC’s biggest flop this season. BOP got 1.6s and 1.7s, while PP has a 1.8 Tuesday average with the lead-in.
    So your show will be cancelled. Even if it gets renewed it will be a final season.
    Get over it.

  • Jenny

    And Justin Timberlake took Tony Lucca side.

    @Freyja How much proof do you need? What about the article below? Is every one wrong except Christina ? Another woman like Beyonce should replace Christina. We need a better example for women.

  • Ram510


    Clearly there are people watching within the 18-49 demo what I was saying was to demonstrate why live it get 20 million viewers and only a 3.0

    Imagin if a young skewing show like New Girl had 20 million viewers, it would get over a 10 in the 18-49 demo based on how it did last night

  • Kate

    90210 wasn’t shown in some areas due to baseball last night, will that make any difference in the final ratings?

  • tvjunkie

    @Jenny yes because the way Beyonce dances is what young girls should be looking up too…okay then.

  • W

    Awesome for CBS! All the shows did well.

  • ToXiX

    @The End

    I forgot about Amazing Race lol

  • Dawn

    Hi. This is my first time to comment on these threads. I read the comments every week and today I just had to jump in.

    I am in the targeted CBS age range of 18-49. I’m 34 years old. CBS is the only station I watch (reasons being I don’t have cable,dvr, etc and most of the other network shows haven’t caught my attention). I watch live every week – Amazing Race, How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, Hawaii 5-0, NCIS, and NCIS LA. There are shows on other nights that I will watch if I happen to be home.

    I’ve been a fan of NCIS since it started and had to figure out how to watch it while I was in graduate school. And I love NCIS LA as well.

    For those who say that only 50+ watch CBS are wrong. (even my cat watches them, and yes, I’ve seen her actually watching them and not sleeping through them).

    I really hope that the Tuesday lineup of NCIS and NCIS LA doesn’t change in the fall as my schedule is set around those two shows.

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