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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
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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
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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.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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.

 
  • Andy H.

    I’m confused. How the hell did ABC get a 3.6? I think that’s supposed to be a 2.6.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I’m confused. How the hell did ABC get a 3.6? I think that’s supposed to be a 2.6.”

    Was a typo. Now fixed.

  • JR

    Incredible how many viewers DWTS has outside of the 18-49 bracket.

  • Juliegirl

    I realize it does not count for ratings, but Glee is also one of the top on demand/tivo programs…I think it is 2 or 3 for the year, adding anywhere from a 1 to 2 demo points. So its final numbers for the season ran from 3.5-4.5. Forbes also lists it as the most profitable show on television right now with hundreds of licensed products, DVD’s, 400 total Singles currently available on I Tunes, sold nearly 20 million cd’s/albums in three years, video games, clothes, concerts, movies, spin-off tv show (the Glee Project). It is a cash cow and the head of fox talked about the show lasting easily through seasons 5 and 6 last week at the fall schedule announcements. Last, it is only a season away from syndication…the big money. Glee is not getting canceled anytime soon.
    I think it will do fine against Grey’s because Glee appeals to a much younger tween/teen audience and having a house full of teenagers, not many watch Grey’s, or chatter about it at all. I watch it and none are interested. I think that is why Fox was fine moving it.

  • a p garcia

    DWTS will drop even more when producers cave in to same sex couples!

  • karin

    Awful ratings for Gkee,even AI (tanking too) can’t save this BS,worst to come next season,Fox needs new shows

  • The End

    @MoHasanie

    Purely from a ratings standpoint a 3.0 is great, Fox aren’t expecting every last Idol viewer prior to stick around.

    Put it this way, Fox will be happy with these numbers.

    Anyway, can’t really be bothered to write an indepth response, nothing against you, just busy at the moment. Hope this explains my point further.

  • Ultima

    @Juliegirl
    it is only a season away from syndication…the big money. Glee is not getting canceled anytime soon.

    Technically, the big money from syndication is already included in Glee’s value. FOX sold it (along with Modern Family) to NBC for cable syndication after the 2009-2010 season and strip syndication will start this fall.

    Just nitpicking though, your post was spot on. People who think that Glee, American Idol, The X Factor and Animation Domination are not long for this world are delusional.

  • rick

    The only reason to watch the Idol finale is to see what “special guest” performers they have. Not many people care who wins the contest, because it means very little.

  • Ultima

    @rick
    The only reason to watch the Idol finale is to see what “special guest” performers they have. Not many people care who wins the contest, because it means very little.

    That’s not what the numbers say. Last year, the final 7 minutes of the finale was up 37% in total viewers over the average from 8-10p, and up 23% over the average for the previous half hour.

  • RON

    i dont really care who wins the american idol tonight. as soon as revenge starts i will be watching the entire finale. love the show !!!

  • Sports Preemption

    I would really want to know what expectations people have for ratings at this time of year for all these shows. Stop living in the past, be it the past of 90s broadcast television, or the past as in previous seasons of a show. You must compare a show to what other shows are doing at that time. Everything has shown a decline and will continue to show a decline when comparing its year to year numbers. That’s just the nature of television now.

  • Callie

    CBS was the smart network–ended their season last week.

  • CookyMonzta

    Watch for tonight’s Idol finale ratings and viewership. It may be an indication as to how fast the show’s decline will be. Anything less than 22.8 million viewers will be an ALL-TIME-LOW for an Idol finale. A 4.2 rating in the 18-49 demo for a championship showdown is incredibly dismal, almost as bad as its all-time low of 3.9 a few weeks back.

  • GARY

    The CW refering to LA Complex as a hit series must be for Canadian consumption where perhaps it’s getting a lot of viewers.

    DTWS was once again a joke with an NFL footballer grabbing the trophy
    away from superior dancing talent.
    At least the celebs got exposure
    that may help their careers.

  • NYC_Lover

    @Ultima god I really don’t like you….

  • CookyMonzta

    @Scot (May 23, 11:01 AM):

    How fast Idol drops next year will depend on who wins tonight. If Jessica wins (she will be the first #1 bookies’ pick since Fantasia to win), Idol will lose maybe 2-3 million more viewers. If Phillip wins (he will be the first #2 bookies’ pick to win, and it will be 5 in a row for the guys), Idol could lose another 5-8 million viewers. The show is now averaging 19 million viewers and is on pace to finish the season at #3, behind NBC Sunday Night Football and NCIS.

  • Ultima

    @CookyMonzta
    It may be an indication as to how fast the show’s decline will be. Anything less than 22.8 million viewers will be an ALL-TIME-LOW for an Idol finale.

    If Idol’s finale pulls a 6.4 and 20.5 million viewers, that will be in line with the year-to-year declines it has had all season. Even if it’s slightly lower, I don’t think it will be that shocking, as last year’s finale was abnormally high, being the only year-to-year increase since the show’s peak in 2006.

    I don’t think tonight’s numbers or winner will have any predictive value as far as determining if Idol will have 30% year-to-year losses again next season or if it will revert to its usual decline.

    The show is now averaging 19 million viewers and is on pace to finish the season at #3

    Idol was up 204K viewers on NCIS through Sunday; the NCIS episodes don’t count this week and I don’t know which episode of Idol FOX will decide to count, but the lead is large enough that it probably doesn’t matter.

  • Ultima

    @NYC_Lover
    @Ultima god I really don’t like you….

    Thanks!

  • Jamie

    The LA Complex is such a flop. If it’s renewed for a second season in the summer on the CW, it’ll still flop. LOL. The LAC should be canceled here in the U.S.

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