TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Cougar Town' Finale Up, 'America's Got Talent' Rises

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May 30th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/7 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.2/3 1.0/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/6 0.9/3 0.8/2 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.46 7.59 5.74 3.17 2.27 0.81


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

On NBC, America's Got Talent garnered a 3.7 among adults 18-49,  up 12%  from last week's 3.2, and matching it's season high.

On ABC, the hour long season (and broadcast ) finale of Cougar Town earned a 1.2 among adults 18-49, up 20% from a 1.0 for its last original episode on May 16. A 20/20 focused on the Royal Jubilee earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 48 Hours Mystery earned a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49.

On the CW, the series premiere of the reality series The Catalina scored a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.  L.A. Complex garnered a 0.3 among adults 18-49,  up versus last week's 0.2 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, May 29, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC America's Got Talent - R 2.0/6 7.25
CBS NCIS -R 1.4/4 10.04
ABC Cougar Town (ABC Finale) 1.2/4 3.50
FOX New Girl - R 1.0/3 2.41
CW The Catalina (Premiere) 0.3/1 0.99
8:30 FOX New Girl - R 1.0/3 2.22
9:00 NBC America's Got Talent 3.7/10 11.30
ABC 20/20 (9-11PM) 1.3/4 6.86
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 1.3/4 6.77
FOX New Girl - R 1.0/3 2.19
CW L.A. Complex 0.3/1 0.63
9:30 FOX New Girl - R 1.0/3 2.25
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.4/4 5.98
NBC Grimm - R 1.3/3 3.84


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," 2.2/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "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 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 with an encore 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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  • Ram510


    People who are saying the rating are awful, show me another comedy that would do that much better in summer and with no promos on ABC. Besides Modern Family there aren’t any

    I assume Cougar Town will get between a .9-1.4 on TBS. Men at work even got a 1.2 for its opener

  • Ram510

    That was the best finale of Cougar Town EVER!!! Can’t wait for the DVD, I hope it comes with extra episodes. Season 4 seems so far away right now

  • cindy

    This is how much the tv shows made in europe in 2011:
    CSI: Miami (193,7 miljoen dollar)
    CSI (176,6 miljoen dollar)
    House (142,8 miljoen dollar)
    The Mentalist (129,4 miljoen dollar).

    Criminal Minds (126,2 miljoen dollar)
    CSI: NY (125,6 miljoen dollar)
    Sturm der Liebe (112,7 miljoen dollar
    Two and a half men (97,5 miljoen dollar)
    Bones (85,4 miljoen dollar).

    Guess US doesnt really care about these numbers considering csi miami is cancelled.

  • s0303

    @ no disrespect…grimm doesn’t need whitney to do well, it’s a self starter…it had horrible lead ins all last year (chuck and who do you think you are) and did just fine regardless…

  • Riff Rafferty

    I can see why TBS wanted the Courteney Cox show with such incredible season finale ratings as that. Very loyal audience. 3 and a quarter million viewers. I expect upwards of 500,000 of them to follow it to its new network. Seriously, of all the good things with an actual audience that cable could be rescuing, they rescue that. Shameful.

    I’m embarrassed to admit I watched 10 minutes of “The Catalina” (I couldn’t take 11, apologies) and now I just feel sorry for “H8R” and “ReModeled.” At least they were competently-made. You know, if Pedowitz is just gonna air whatever reality crap Warner Horizon throws at him, he really ought to be taking a look at ABC’s cancelled “True Beauty.” It did OK in their key demo, and it’d be right at home with the rest of their bitchy pretty people shows. Finally — and here’s the sticking point — it was watchable.

  • Jared

    I watched the Catalina and was pleasantly surprised..there was definitely some funny moments..with just under 1 million viewers..Id say those ratings are pretty fair considering the CWs track record..

  • Psac

    With the poor FOX repeat ratings, you’d think they would have given (or still could give) SYTYCD the second day back.

  • Silvio

    That is not how much those shows earned in Europe in 2011.
    Those are estimations by Essential Television Statistics how much European broadcasters earned from ads during 2011-aired original and repeat episodes of those shows.

    CSI: Miami earned nothing, studio earns money. CBS Studios International earned unknown amount of money by selling CSI: Miami seasons to broadcasters in different European countries for unknown fee per episode (different in each market, depending on market size, studio negotiation skills and if there is bidding war which sometimes happens around those big hits). Euro broadcasters are then selling ads within CSI: Miami episodes. That is also unknown amount … but Essential Television Statistics does estimations by gathering ratings of shows in most of Euro countries + having some educated guesses about how much 30-secs ad costs in individual European country.

  • Marissa

    I loved the Cougar Town finale! I’ll be watching on TBS!

  • danny94

    nice repeat numbers for grimm it even beat a couple of originals

  • wwe rules!!!

    @no disrepect whitney is airing at 8pm community is airing at 8:30 before grimm

  • david

    @WB that really sucks that the CW is being replaced by my network tv. The CW is much better than the old reruns of dramas of my network tv. I hope the CW can get back on where it is being tookin off. I liked the LA Complex finalle last night.

  • cindy

    @Silvo, Thanku for explaining. This does mean CBS makes more money from csi miami than criminal minds (in Europe), right?

  • disney rocks

    The Catalina could easily come back next summer.

    That’s more viewers than some episodes of GG; which has to be way more expensive.

  • SarahL

    Wow, Grimm‘s repeat demo is stellar as it benefit from America’s Got Talent. NBC is giving tons of chances to build its audience. I swear, if this does not work no Grimm fan better complain. NBC is doing everything to give Grimm a change to succeed next season.

  • jt

    @sj repeats terribly?? IT’S THE FREAKING SPRING/SUMMER!!

    I can’t wait until our battles this fall hahaha

  • awdanskii

    Wow that repeat of AGT did REALLY well! Looks like AGT can get high ratings with no completion so AGT is a summer show and they shouldn’t do a Fall/Spring cycle like people have suggested. NBC is trying to build an audience with Grimm, fans of the show, like me, should be happy NBC is doing this!

  • jt

    New girl will crush happy endings just like the lannisters crushed stannis.

  • Ultima

    With the poor FOX repeat ratings, you’d think they would have given (or still could give) SYTYCD the second day back.

    Starting tonight, FOX has original programming five nights a week (repeats on Friday & Sunday); cutting SYTYCD back to one day was so they could air another series, not so they could air more repeats, as well as allowing them to stretch SYTYCD out over the entire summer.

  • Dean_W


    NCIS Viewership since 2003:

    1- 11.84 millions
    2- 13.57 millions
    3- 15.27 millions
    4- 14.54 millions
    5- 14.41 millions
    6- 17.77 millions
    7- 19.33 millions
    8- 19.46 millions
    9- 19.49 millions

    How it can be highest ?

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