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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  • Ultima

    so AGT is a summer show and they shouldn’t do a Fall/Spring cycle like people have suggested

    Networks shouldn’t, and thankfully don’t, do many of the stupid things people suggest. ;)

  • Dean_W

    Higher sorry

  • Juan

    Cougar Toen finale was incredible and can’t wait for next year because not only do we get new episodes but we also get reruns finale, you know the last time there was a rerun of CT was like a year and a half or two years ago, that’s season finale though was incredible and the beach mobile wedding was one of the best on tv I think

  • Joseph

    Two reasons why the “20/20″ special on the British Royal Family did so well:

    (1) Everybody loves Royalty!

    (2) This was the beginning of Katie Couric’s TV comeback. At least some viewers tuned in to see her return to television.

    Likewise, I expect the premiere (and probably the first couple of weeks) of her upcoming syndicated talk show will probably draw strong numbers, but whether her show can maintain those ratings for more than the first week or two will determine whether it will be a success.

  • Silvio

    I have no idea, there is no data, I don’t know if European or American partners want it to be business secret. Or both sides.

    If The Mentalist costs Warner Bros. Television around $100 million to shoot 23 episodes (reasonable assumption considering Simon Baker’s huge salary), then WB charges CBS something like $60 million for airing fee (just my guesstimate, but good one, in US it’s always more than 50%, but much less than 100%). WB studios “loses” $40 million, but they recoup it through syndication, DVDs, selling show to Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan …).
    CBS collects ads money, let’s say it was $140 million in season 2011-12. But CBS earns 80 of those 140, other $60 million they paid fee to studio. Total = CBS + WB. 140 = 80 + 60.

    That’s US numbers, and for Europe that research says TM ads money in 2011 was $129 million (that’s shockingly lot to me, but let’s believe them) . Then 129 = Euro Broadcasters + WB. But we don’t know how pie is split, it may be 79 + 50 or 109 + 20 or whatever. Research tells us only about total. It’s because we don’t know how much international fee is, neither total, neither for individual markets, that amount is not known publicly. We only know it is, same as in USA, “fixed” = amount broadcaster pays studio per episode doesn’t vary depending on show ratings (= ads income), it is agreed and fixed before season airs.

  • TomSFBay

    How long does the CW have before closing their doors?

  • Oliver

    Cougar Town ratings are awful. 1.2 on TBS is what TBBT gets. What will it get on TBS. Probably be below a 1.0

    TBBT is a huge hit for TBS. If CT can pull a 0.9 then TBS will be very, very happy. Remember that ABC will be eating some of the cost to ensure the show reaches syndication.

  • Oliver

    I believe The CW’s affiliate contracts run until 2016, so it’s unlikely to be before then.

  • Oliver

    There is no way The Mentalist costs $100m for 23 episodes (Simon Baker’s salary is reportedly around $400k an episode, or $10m/season). I’d give a ballpark figure of $75m, and that’s probably an overestimate.

  • Liam

    what are the half hours for The Catalina and L.A Complex?????

  • Dillan

    I was expecting worse for The Catalina. Overall viewers wise, that’s not a bad rating consdering it is Summer and this is The CW we’re talking about.

  • disney rocks

    When does that Queen Latifah singing show premiere?

    I think they should air it on a Friday, cause here’s how the talent shows are currently-

    Monday- AGT
    Tuesday- AGT
    Wednesday- SYTYCD/AGT (?)
    Thursday- Duets
    Friday- Nothing/ If they don’t do Friday they should do Monday

  • Liam


    Yes I know, it really does suck!

  • Bee

    cougar town’s finale was AMAZING. absolutely loved it. cannot wait for season 4! thank you TBS! even if it does badly, it’s still 13 more episodes than we would’ve had. just hope the show stays as strong w. bill lawrence no longer the showrunner. also can’t wait for the re-runs!

  • Liza

    Is there ever a list compiled here at the end of each season, where we can see a COMPLETE list of year-end rankings for all the shows?


  • John K.

    Pretty sure they’ve repeated the entire first season of New Girl about 5 times already. They need to stop.

  • Ultima

    Is there ever a list compiled here at the end of each season, where we can see a COMPLETE list of year-end rankings for all the shows?


    That’s 18-49 ratings and it has a link to total viewers. Note that Nielsen’s season average includes all non-special airings, including repeats, and is Live+7 for the first 90% of the season.

  • Get Milk

    I can’t believe that mess of a show, The Catalina had more viewers than The LA Complex last night. I guess they were just curious?

    At least The LA Complex went up a tenth from last week.

    Here’s hoping the ratings and viewers will increase this July!

  • iMac

    @ DanO

    CityTV already announced their fall sched….sadly Cougar Town is not mentionned

  • Freddy Arrow


    “CityTV already announced their fall sched….sadly Cougar Town is not mentionned”

    Cougar Town doesn’t start airing new episodes in the US until early 2013, so they’re probably not available anywhere else before then either.

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