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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  • john

    God! 90210 hit 0.5 just one time in it’s 4th season, and everyone is already hatin’ on it!when gossip girl was at 0.5, 90210, was at 0.7 , so shut your mouths , stupids! as for ringer , that’s a laugh, for renewing it, instead of 90210! you’re all delusionals! go 90210

  • Michael

    Kellix, this isn’t 2004. Lindsay Lohan is no longer a relevant actress.

  • SteveO

    @Michael, but she is a relevant celebrity.

    But I doubt she contributed to Glee in any way for the ratings.

  • Felipe

    90210 gets earlier renew with a 0.5 on the season finale and Secret Circle is cancelled? CW IS A JOKE!

  • RG-X

    Why again was 90210 renewed?

  • Kellix

    @Michael @SteveO
    SteveO is right Lindsay Lohan is still a relevant celebrity, on entertainment news there was all this buzz about her appearing on glee, she did contribute to the ratings even people leaving comments on here said the usually watch 90210 but since Lindsay Lohan was gonna be on glee, they tuned in to glee instead.

  • A

    LOL Gossip Girl in its 5th year, getting steadier and better demos than 9012.

  • SmG

    I am glad that OTH was renewed for a ninth season, I think it was the right call as OTH was the third in the ratings after TVD and TSN this season. I agree that the series ended on a high note both ratings and storylines wise.

    On the other hand, it seems like next year CW average will be around 0.6 if they can not launch anything succesful. GG has hit 0.4 and 90210 coming close to 1 million viewers, Nikita at 0.4 constantly in the second half and TVD testing 1.0, I hope at least Arrow and Cult become hits (over 1.0).

  • SteveO

    Improve Glee’s ratings = Bring back Gwenyth Paltrow (although I hate when they have big guest stars)

    That might help a *little bit*

  • SteveO

    Question for anyone: When they calculate the season tv rankings for top scripted shows, what do they include?

    -Only new episodes?
    -Live+7 with DVR?

    Just wondering.

  • Bunny

    LMS and Malibu Country should be on Tuesday after DWTS..

  • Holly


    I’m going to guess that the official rankings will be figured as Live+7 and include any in slot repeats.

  • Kellix

    @A O’ Please! GG hit 0.5 the entire season and hit a new low at 0.4 and less than 1mill tune in for on a few episodes, while 90210 was at a 0.7 for almost the rest of the seaon and 0.6 any it’s 90210 first 0.5! GG is only a year older than 90210! So your comment is a joke!

  • Christy

    I’m really unhappy. They are moving The Mentalist on Sunday nights.

  • Sid

    Oh wow look at the hate for 9O21O for getting just “one” 0.5 for the entire Season.

    9O21O will get the Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill Treatment. It will get a full 5th and a short 6th.

    Plus, it’s the only show on The CW that is produced by CBS studious(Beauty and the Beast would be the second).

    Unless B&tB turns out to be a hit, then I see CBS letting go of 9O21O, but for now, a full 5th and short 6th(possibly full 6th) is in the books for me.

  • craig

    I dont get how America is not watching Cougar Town, it’s one of the funniest comedy shows in years with one hell of a cast. Yet you will watch canned laughter crap like How i Met Your Mother

  • Steph

    @Ultima AI has the highest demo ratings but not viewers. American Idol hasn’t beat NCIS once this season in terms of viewers.

  • Jase

    Wow Glee. It’s really going to need that X-Factor lead in next season. :(

  • MarcJames87

    @Kellix GG didn’t stay at 0.5 the entire season –

    x5 – 0.7s
    x12 – 0.6’s
    x6 – 0.5’s
    x1 – 0.4

    90210 – Im no fan, but the show did well in terms of the CW standards and deserved a season 5

    x1 – 0.9
    x6 – 0.8’s
    x10 – 0.7’s
    x6 – 0.6’s
    x1 – 0.5 (not final)

  • A


    90210 is the joke. At least all the other shows on CW are original and haven’t been already done like 20 years ago.

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