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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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman
  • RG-X

    AGT ratings may change next week when Gordon Ramsey returns with new “Hells Kitchen” & “Master Chef” shows.

  • disney rocks

    This is off-topic, but maybe the reason GLC isn’t working in the 730 timeslot on Disney is because of little promotion; it’s not advertised near enough for a show on a network showing just their ads; or maybe it’s because the timeslot is too early; or the timeslot is cursed; I think its a combination of all three.

    What do you guys think?

  • Rebecca

    I didn’t have enough room left on the DVR’s disc to record CT last night along with the 20/20 special (and still keep Ellen programmed to record today), so now I’ll watch CT online. Love that show. I hope it’ll be on TBS’s website next year since I don’t have the channel. Didn’t like Katie Couric doing the royalty interviews last night (I wish it had been someone else, like B Walters or Oprah – oh well) but it was a good special. They advertised there would be a Queen’s Jubilee concert next Tuesday, with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Annie Lennox and others…if I hadn’t watched last night I wouldn’t have known, so now it’s on the must see list.

  • disney rocks

    CW Summer schedule-


    8-10= Movie


    8-9= Oh Sit!
    9-10= GG/90210/VD/Reality RERUNS


    8-9= The Catalina
    9-10= VD RERUNS


    8-9= HOD RERUNS
    9-10= The L.A Complex


    8-9= TVD/Reality/SPN RERUNS
    9-10= SPN RERUNS


    8-9= Continuum
    9-10= SPN RERUNS


    8-9= Breaking Pointe
    9-10= VD RERUNS


    8-10= Movie


    8-9= Nikita/Reality/VD RERUNS
    9-10= SPN/Nikita/VD RERUNS


    8-9 (10?) Queen Latifah singing show

    9-10 (?)= Nikita/VD RERUNS

  • Ultima

    @disney rocks
    CW Summer schedule

    Shouldn’t you take into account their actual summer schedule…

    Mon – Breaking Pointe (R) / The Catalina (R)
    Tue – The Catalina / The LA Complex (R)
    Wed – ANTM (R) / ANTM (R)
    Thu – Breaking Pointe / The Vampire Diaries (R)
    Fri – Nikita (R) / Supernatural (R)

    My guess for the second half of summer…

    Mon – The Star Next Door (R) / Oh Sit (R)
    Tue – Hart of Dixie (R) / The LA Complex
    Wed – The Star Next Door / Supernatural (R)
    Thu – The Vampire Diaries (R) / Oh Sit
    Fri – ANTM (R) / Nikta (R)

  • MJDB

    @Disney Rocks

    Good Luck Charlie was a repeat on Sunday, though. Anyway, for Disney Channel I don’t think they look that much at the 18-49 demo anyway since it’s a kids channel. Proabably 6-11 and 9-14, but who knows. I think they put Good Luck Charlie there because they want their flagship show to start off the night, but you’re right at least keep it at 8:00 or even 9:00.

  • Carrie

    The LA Complex matched its premiere in total viewers.

  • yragcom1

    I don’t know if I want to watch Cougar Town now that Bill Lawrence is off the show. It feels like Scrubs all over again with that great ending, followed by that horrible last season.

  • Chris

    @Disneyrocks idk but I do know that Good Luck Charlie is too good for the Disney Channel. It’s the only good show on there with actors that can actually act and the premise not totally dumb or annoying

  • Jeff R

    @yragcom1 – don’t worry about CT without Bill Lawrence. He and Kevin Biegel remain very committed to the show. They’ll be around and have assured fans we have nothing to worry about. They worked (and continue to work) way too hard to save Cougar Town and promote it on their own. No way they’ll just leave it. Also, nearly the entire writing staff will be coming back and they are fantastic. CT will be fine.

  • davey

    Don’t you mean it’s shameful for the viewers watchig a rerun of a procedural cop show on CBS?

  • Rebecca

    It looked like Bill Lawrence playing one of the cops who came up to the cul de sac crew on the beach (illegal beach wedding). I didn’t check the end credits but I think it was him. The finale seemed like a show finale, which would have been fine with me but I’m glad there will be more episodes. Even the title card said something like “We hope it’s not the series finale” (and the episode before that said “No title card this week, sorry”). Long live CT!

  • Rebecca

    ^CT was two episodes, not just one hour-long episode. I said that on the finals thread too a little while ago. Two half hour episodes, so they should each have their own ratings.

  • Liza

    THANKS, Ultima! :-)

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