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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  • Marcus

    Glee was up against the season finales of CBS’s best shows NCIS and NCIS: LA, and the first week (2nd segment) of AGT. I think it did pretty well with a 2.5 in the 18-49

  • enes

    And you CW axed TSC for this numbers ? That’s pathetic Bring Back The Secret Circle !

  • eridapo


    CT 1.0/1.0
    DWTS 2.1/2.3
    PP 1.9/1.7

    NCIS 3.5/3.6
    NCISLA 3.0/2.9/3.1/3.0

    AGT 2.9/3.4/3.6/3.6
    FS 1.7/1.5

    Glee 2.4/2.5/2.5/2.6

    90210 .5/.5
    LA Complex .2/.2

  • James Sample

    Would normally be worried for Cougar Town, but it has already been renewed for fourth season. :D

  • forg

    Yikes Cougar Town!
    PP up 4 tenths, crazy ratings run this show since moving to Tuesdays

  • Sara

    90210.. lower than GG.. I think the CW could announce the upcoming season as a final, depending on how the new shows do, and what their plans are for next season (2013-14)

  • Sid

    I wish they’d move 9O21O to a protected 9p slot.

  • Sarah

    I love Cougar Town so I’m thrilled it was picked up by TBS. I wish Private Practice would have cracked a 2.0 but it’s still way better than last week. Did they announce next season of Private Practice is the last? I saw something on Variety but haven’t read anything official from ABC.

  • Rachel

    What happened 90210? Usually that show is getting 0.6’s. Overall viewers is low as well. Next season will probably be its last anyway.

  • Bad Wolf

    @ Dan

    Yeah, I think you’re right, it wasn’t Glee’s season finale last night, just eps 20 & 21 back to back.

    Hey CW ! Look at this almighty 0.5 for 90210 ! You’ll be lucky if it can maintain it next season !

  • Alan

    omg 90210! I hope it gets adjusted up.

  • s

    Ouch for 90210 and Cougar Town :(

  • Clarke

    I hope the CW regrets renewing 90210 over Ringer. Ringer had lower ratings overall but it’s finale wasn’t as dead as 90210s. Sorry, I’m just bitter over one of my favorite shows being canceled….just venting.

    The LA Complex is one the biggest flops in television history. 0.2 for a scripted show is unbelievably bad.

    AGT held up pretty well. I am warming up to Howard Stern as a judge, but he does still seem a bit awkward.

  • Tony ^_^

    Ouch at Glee! Both episodes were enjoyable and I’m surprised that it didn’t rate higher. But it will get an Idol boost next year.

    A 1.0 for a show on ABC? :o I bet they’re glad to get rid of it. There is no way ABC will get ahead of NBC this season…

  • s

    I seriously think TSC should have been renewed looking at the numbers for everything else on the network.

  • rob60990

    Ringer is in its 1st season while 90210 is in its 4th. Ringer was not going to grow and also had plenty of .4s.

  • Brian

    That will be the same ratings Cougar Town will get on TBS.

  • RJ

    anyone thinking the cw will announce next season as 90210’s last at upfronts?

  • MoHasanie

    Wow, ABC Tuesdays are looking more worse than ever. Everything did badly.

    CBS did ok. There shows are too old skewing.

    NBC did great!

    Glee fell for its 2 hour finale. Yikes! Grey’s will certainly beat this garbage show next season.

  • eridapo

    Halves Viewers

    CT 3.35/3.31
    DWTS 12.18/13.71
    PP 7.58/6.53

    NCIS 18.32/19.08
    NCISLA 15.39/14.92/15.59/14.59

    AGT 9.58/11.14/11.56/10.35
    FS 5.15/4.69

    Glee 5.96/6.09/6.04/6.02

    90210 1.13/1.04
    LA Complex .58/.55

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