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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  • SteveO

    I don’t think The CW has a clue what to do with itself. I really don’t think any of the new shows are going to launch well. And in today’s atmosphere, if you don’t launch high, you don’t last long.

  • DougF

    Half Hours

    CT 1.0/1.0
    DTWS 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 0.5/0.5
    LAC 0.2/0.2

  • Hades

    Uproar over 90210’s what 1st 0.5 of the season? Compared to how many for most of the CW line up? Maybe they should have cancelled all shows that have hit a 0.5 or lower but then that would leave them with 2 shows and a lot of empty slots next season.

    90210 did fine for a show in its 4th season for the CW, yes it could have been better ratings wise but hey its already renewed. I expect it will still be one of the steady shows on the net next season. I do think it only probably has 1 season left maybe another wrap season after that. Anyway it earned its renewal this season.

    I have never seen an episode of the show, I’m just going by what I’ve seen rating wise this season.

  • Brandy

    Oh no at 90210!

  • Rachel


    Don’t be condescending to me. I know exactly what you said. And like I said as long as they agree to do more seasons the show will continue. I never said they would but it’s a paycheck. What the hell else are they going to do. Just like Sophia Bush and OTH. She kept renewing her contract because she was making bank.

  • leonard

    PP is trying really hard to stay alive.

  • Jared

    Wow..pretty surprised by 90210s ratings..I thought the finale would get a nice ratings boost..I thought wrong :(

  • Mi

    @Rachel and I said the exact same thing darling, before you decided to jump on it. I guess you should learn how to read.

  • Michael

    Wow, extremely weak numbers for 90210 for a season finale!

    Lets all have a moment of silence for LA Complex

    CW should change their slogan to: “TV To Talk About The Next Day.”

  • Mickey 1.0

    But who are we kidding. This is the same president who brought back OTH when the season 8 finale would’ve been a perfect end to the series.

    OTH did very well in the ratings for its final season, ranking 3rd and even 2nd for a bit. And from what the fans were saying, it ended on a high note, with a good quality season.

  • Scandalfan

    OMG PP ratings are disastrous for a season finale.

  • Rachel


    And maybe you should learn some manners instead of being a condescending douche.

  • Bee

    last night’s episoes of glee were OUTSTANDING. both of them. the show has been on fire lately with this recent batch of episodes and last night was as good as glee has EVER been. i hope the word spreads that it’s been making a creative comeback. really want the finale to do well next week.

    OMG cougar town. the voice destroyed PP last week and AGT destroyed CT (and hurt DWTS) this week. but who cares cus here we come TBS! :)

    glad PP recovered a bit. damn it if last week hadn’t fallen so low and so many people hadn’t forgotten about it, it would’ve been doing a few tenths better! grr. oh well. great finale.

  • Bunny

    There’s been several reports of ABC being in fourth place soon..

  • Fred

    NBC’s forturnes have improved this season thanks to The Voice and America’s Got Talent. The NFL fueled network will most certainly pass ABC as the third highest rated network in the 18-49 demo but fourth with overall viewers.
    If NBC didn’t have the hit competition shows (and NFL) they would be in very sorry shape. The scripted shows have been performing terribly in recent seaxons.

    ABC is quite strong with scripted shows, but their aging reality shows like the still formidable DWTS should air less often. Same with the Bachelor franchise. If this summer’s DUETS scores well, expect to see it plug the weak spots next season.

  • Michael

    Well, at least if Cougar Town was on the CW, it would rank second place! :D

  • Tony


    Have you started with Fringe yet?

    I just noticed your avatar is the Alternate universes Fringe Division emblem :)

  • salim

    if glee is getting 2.4/2.6 in this slot, it will bomb in its thursay slot in the fall cos poi consistenlty gets those numbers and plus greys is power house

  • Rachel

    @Mickey 1.0

    You’re right. I can understand bringing back OTH for ratings purposes despite the storylines. And the show went out with a high note ratings wise if I recall. But 90210 doesn’t do as well as OTH. I think if the new shows surpass it, it can be in danger of cancellation.

  • Nazel

    Is it possible for the CW to order more GG episodes next season if it does well?

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