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TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Glee' Finale Rises, 'American Idol' Performance Finale Dips, 'DWTS' Sees Finale Low

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May 23rd, 2012

Scoreboard FOX ABC NBC UNI CBS CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 3.6/10 2.6/10 2.1/6 1.7/5 1.5/4 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.9/10 1.5/5 1.4/5 1.9/6 0.8/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.018 14.579 6.545 4.243 8.638 0.668

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FOX was the number one network for the night in adults 18-49 and ABC won with total viewers.

On NBC, America's Got Talent garnered a  3.2 , down two-tenths from last week's 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. At 10PM, Dateline NBC  got a 1.6 in adults 18-49, matching last week's time-period performance.

On FOX, the performance finale of American Idol earned a 4.2, which is an all-time low for a performance finale. It's worth noting too that the 14%  drop from last week's 4.9 rating, is the same drop the performance finale saw last year. The season finale of Glee scored a  3.0 adults 18-49 rating, up five tenths from last week's 2.5, and giving the show its best ratings since February.

On ABC, Dancing with the Stars' finale earned a 3.2 rating, which is a new performance finale low, despite being up  from last week's series low 2.2 rating.

On the CW,  L.A. Complex was even with last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS was all repeats for the evening.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, May 22, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol 4.2 13 14.391
NBC America's Got Talent -R 1.6 5 5.289
ABC Dancing with the Stars -R 1.3 4 8.775
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 1.1 4 7.472
CW Hart Of Dixie -R 0.3 1 0.888
tvbythenumbers.com
9:00PM NBC America's Got Talent 3.2 9 9.292
ABC Dancing with the Stars: Results (9-11) 3.2 9 17.481
FOX Glee 3.0 8 7.644
CBS NCIS -R 1.6 4 9.156
CW The LA Complex 0.2 1 0.448
tvbythenumbers.com
10:00PM CBS NCIS -R 1.8 5 9.286
NBC Dateline NBC 1.6 4 5.054

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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," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 4.4/10; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/7. 
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

 

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NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • KarenM

    DWTS finale was low because everyone knew Donald Driver was going to win because the other two finalists are unknown in America. Next season try harder, ABC! :(

  • Bee

    ultima,

    the reason i was shocked at a 4.2 is because it’s the first night of the finale! idol went down from the week before. and the lowest rated performance night of the season is the finale?! i’m fairly certain that idol always sees big jumps for its 2 finale nights. so if it was a 5.2 or something, i would’ve thought “oh. that’s a super small jump for the finale. kinda disappointing, but okay.” but a decline? and a 0.7 one? wowza.

    and i’m sure ratings will decline, but this spring was a massacre of sorts. things came crashing down and hitting new lows every other week. i just meant that i hope next spring isn’t so dangerous and the declines are a more tolerable.

  • SteveO

    I’m just glad that the season ends tonight because these spring numbers have exhausted me to no end.

  • MoHasanie

    @Bee

    I remember last season, Idol fell for its performance finale on Tuesday as well.

  • rob60990

    Idol is going to be WAY WAY down from last year’s finale that scored a 9.2.

  • AC75

    @Liz Lemon

    “I used to watch Glee…until it turned into a boring, cringe inducing, sappy after-school special”

    That’s all it ever was. It did a good job of murdering good music as well. Glee is a menace to society!

    Where the hell is Dr. Evil when you need a giant laser?

  • tools

    And against no competion. Heres hoping this crap tv is on its way out

  • ron

    OMG glee made it 3.0 with elad of AI? that`s bad e.e

    On thursday will have it hard I Hope the X afctor give then the bust they need

    L.A rating are s$%” 0.2 really¿?

  • HB

    AI was down? I hope it doesn’t hurt Revenge tonight :(

  • SteveO

    ^I can’t respect a post like that. Moving on.

  • SteveO

    (Ron’s post, not HB)

  • K

    Glee is going to tank next season after all the negative feedback it received from fans after last night’s finale.

  • TimsDale4ever

    It continues to amaze me just how small the 18-49 group of viwers really are. I think in a couple of more years, that group will be so miniscule that they won’t even be able to be computed. LOL

  • Ken

    Dateline 20th anniversary did well !!, don’t know why NBC isn’t putting Saving Hope on Tuesday

  • Erika

    Oh Idol. How will Nigel try to spin those numbers? lol. I love how my friends who don’t pay much attention to ratings think that J.lo is a big draw for Idol and I just laugh bc I know that the audience would be the same whether J.lo or a sack of potatoes was seated at her chair.

    All these ratings are kind of horrible all around. People DVR things and watch things online the next day. This downward spiral will continue forever.

    I will continue to watch Glee even though it pisses me off sometimes. We’ll see what happens in the new time slot next week. I actually wouldn’t mind if Glee ended next season, but I won’t full out stop watching unless it gets canceled.

    AGT continues to disappoint. Howard Stern isn’t as big of a draw as he thinks he is. It’ll be funny when Britney increases X-Factor ratings just bc he made fun of her.

  • Ultima

    @Bee
    the lowest rated performance night of the season is the finale?! i’m fairly certain that idol always sees big jumps for its 2 finale nights

    Last season the performance finale was a season low for the performance show. In 2010, when the late season performance shows were all 60 minutes, there was no bump for the performance finale and it tied the previous week for the second lowest rated performance show of the season (there was one drastically low outlier).

    In the past, Idol finale week put up ridiculous numbers, but this is the new normal and last night’s ratings were probably in line with FOX’s expectations (though the season as a whole is dissappointing, I’m sure).

    and i’m sure ratings will decline, but this spring was a massacre of sorts. things came crashing down and hitting new lows every other week. i just meant that i hope next spring isn’t so dangerous and the declines are a more tolerable.

    Ratings drops this spring haven’t been much different than last spring. In particular, if you look at the sitcoms, their ratings drops basically mirror what happened last year.

    I think part of what drives the perception that this season was worse than usual is that spring weather hit very early, so shows started dropping earlier, and you then get three months of season/series low type headlines.

  • Mark Wilkins

    Another day with nothing to watch, unless your into repeats. Pretty boring Tuesday on regular tv, wonder if I missed anything decent on cable?

  • Scot

    Idol is going to sink like a stone next year…I predict lower to mid 3′s and maybe even some high 2′s by the end of the season next year. Glee is also going to be done next year, it was a one and done novelty, nobody cares anymore. The numbers for the finales this year have been truly awful all across the board. Hopefully we see some bounces back for the GOOD shows next fall. Also, nice number for the HOD repeat, CW made the right choice on renewing that one. They have to take what ratings they can get at this point. Also, funny that NBC is getting higher ratings NOW than anything did in the fall. So sad for the network that used to carry the monster hits like ER, Seinfeld, and Friends.

  • HB

    Oh wait.AI will be clashing with Revenge for just 7 minutes not whole 2 hrs.Pheww :D

  • Ultima

    @TimsDaleForever
    It continues to amaze me just how small the 18-49 group of viwers really are. I think in a couple of more years, that group will be so miniscule that they won’t even be able to be computed

    Minisclue compared to what? Nothing comes remotely close broadcast TV when it comes to providing the concentration and consistency of viewers in the 18-49 demographic.

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