TV Ratings Tuesday: 'NCIS' Rises, 'Glee' Falls, 'Cougar Town' Hits Series Low, 'America's Got Talent' Hits a Time Period High

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May 16th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.2/9 2.8/8 2.5/7 1.7/5 1.6/5 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.7/6 2.0/6 2.4/8 1.0/3 1.8/6 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 16.14 8.58 6.03 7.78 4.06 0.83


CBS was the number one network for the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers.

On CBS, the season finale of NCIS was the number one program of the night, scoring a 3.5  adults 18-49 rating, up 13% from last week's 3.1. The two hour NCIS: Los Angeles season finale earned a 3.0 among adults 18-49, even with last week.

On NBC, America's Got Talent garnered a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating, a season high for NBC in the time period.At 10PM, Fashion Star got a 1.6  in adults 18-49, compared to a 1.3 last week when it aired at 8PM.

On FOX, the 8PM episode of  of Glee scored a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 11% from last week's 2.7. At 9PM a second episode of Glee earned a 2.5 among adults 18-49.

On ABC, Cougar Town earned a 1.0 among adults 18-49, down 33% from a 1.5  at 8:30PM last week for a series low. For comparison, Last Man Standing got a 1.7 adults 18-49 in the time period last week. At 8:30PM, a second episode of Cougar Town also scored a 1.0  rating among adults 18-49. Dancing With the Stars Results garnered a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 8% from last week for a series low for results shows. The Private Practice  season finale  received a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 29% from last week's series low.

On the CW, the season finale of 90210 rated a 0.5 among adults 18-49, down from last week's 0.6. L.A. Complex got a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating matching last week's series low.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, May 15, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS (Season Finale) 3.5/11 18.70
NBC America's Got Talent (8-10PM) 3.4/10 10.41
FOX Glee 2.4/8 6.03
ABC Cougar Town 1.0/3 3.35
CW 90210 (Season Finale) 0.5/2 1.09
8:30 ABC Cougar Town 1.0/3 3.31
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles (9-11PM) (Season Finale) 3.0/8 15.12
FOX Glee 2.5/7  6.03
ABC Dancing With the Stars Results 2.2/6 12.94
CW L.A. Complex 0.2/1 0.57
10:00 ABC Private Practice (Season Finale) 1.8/5 7.05
NBC Fashion Star (Season Finale) 1.6/4 4.92



Via NBC Press Note:


In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 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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  • JR

    Idol’s results show usually rates lower than the performance show, too- probably the same for most competition shows, too? Outside season finales, of course.

  • Psycho Bob

    I would like to see Nikita and Arrow together, and Supernatural/Cult together also. I would move both Nikita and Supernatural off Fridays. Hopefully The CW does just that. I would put Top Model on Fridays with Gossip Girl, two shows that need to die.

  • Hades

    9-The Carrie Diaries

    9-First Cut

    9-Beauty and the Beast



  • A


    Get over yourself. Its ONLY television.LMFAO

    For your information; CW as a whole is a joke.

  • Hades

    @Pyscho Bob

    Cult is only 13 episodes apparently so SPN would have to air after repeats for the rest of the season?

    No way does Nikita deserve to be moved off Friday.

  • Ruth

    Last night’s episode of Gee was wonderful and the people who didn’t watch it missed an excellent program. Their musical numbers are the best on television and their dancing is better than Dancing with the stars. Next week is the final episode of the season.

  • A

    Gossip Girl will air its final episodes during FALL. So those spring predictions are false. Just fyi.

  • j

    Glee was terrible as it always is. Their musical numbers are shoddy and half-assed, and most of the cast can’t sing or dance.

  • Mickey 1.0

    I like SPN, but in all fairness, it had SMALLVILLE as a lead-in for many years and even TVD for one Season.

    At the time SPN had Smallville/TVD as a lead-in, it was in the most competitive slot in television, up against the highest and second-highest rated shows (CSI and GA) as well as The Office at his peak. It nonetheless retained a lot more of its lead-in than subsequent shows have after that slot had ceased to be so competitive.

  • Jasey

    I can’t believe no one is watching the flawless show that is The LA Complex! It’s so much better than half the crap they air on the CW.

    Hopefully it’ll be renewed for season 2!

  • Mickey 1.0

    The SPN fandom has proven that they care about no show other than their show.

    Um no, we care about other shows. I care about other shows. Other Supernatural fans I know care about other shows.

    It’s on the genre night where fans manage to find the show. Fringe and Grimm are absolutely no threat to the show.

    Friday night is not “genre night.” It’s just where the networks have very recently dumped genre shows, pretty stupidly on top of each other.

  • Mickey 1.0


    LA Complex has already been renewed for season 2 in Canada, where it is produced. S2 starts airing in July. So if the CW doesn’t air season 2, you can always get it online.

  • Ultima

    Idol’s results show usually rates lower than the performance show, too- probably the same for most competition shows, too?

    Yes. Although back in its prime, American Idol would air its perfomance show from 8-9 (mostly) and the results show would usually start at 9; this would lead to the results show getting higher ratings than the performance show simply due to HUT levels.

  • Roswell

    Ringer and tsc fans are still making excuses… This is 90210s 1st 0.5 intact it may adjust up us it’s in it’s 4th season. And had to compete with linsay Lohan on glee. Tsc and ringer were freshmans pulling in 0.5’s and 0.4 get over it and move on. Glee was the only reason 90210 fell

  • Brandy

    Thanks Freyia

  • Matt

    AGT is being premiered this season a week or two earlier than when it normally goes on the air for its summer season. Normally it premieres like a week or 2 after season finales when basically every show is in repeats. Considering that it was battling against SF galore… I’d say it did quite well.

    Just doing some speculation now: Perhaps this was a little test NBC did to see if AGT does well because America ACTUALLY likes it… or if it does well because America hates repeats. But even if it was a test, I really don’t see NBC moving it to the fall nor the spring when FOX already owns both seasons with the X-Factor and American Idol, respectively in this genre of television. Who knows though x)

  • Penny

    90210 has a great finale, can’t wait for next season

  • Ultima

    Just doing some speculation now: Perhaps this was a little test NBC did

    I think it was just an issue of trying to fit the auditions and quarterfinals in before the Olympics started. Normally, they spend 12 weeks on those segments of the show. This year, even with the early start, they have to cut back to 11.

  • zeqy

    #90210 : That’s what they got for ruining LANNIE! They better bring them back season 5..

  • Brandy

    My schedule is suppossed to say Fri 8pm Nikita 9pm SPN and Cult midseason(between Top Model cycles)

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