TV Ratings Tuesday: 'MasterChef', 'Hell's Kitchen' and 'America's Got Talent' Down, 'Love in the Wild' Premieres Low as Well

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June 6th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/6 2.1/6 1.3/4 1.2/3 1.2/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.7/6 1.3/4 0.8/2 0.7/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.397 4.819 3.270 5.595 7.217 0.735


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

On NBC, America's Got Talent garnered a 3.4 among adults 18-49, down three tenths from last week's 3.7 rating. The premiere of Love in the Wild earned a 1.6 rating, down substantially from last year's 2.2 premiere rating.

On ABC, the Concert for the Queen: Diamond Jubilee special earned a 1.3 Adults 18-49 rating on ABC

On FOX, Hell's Kitchen earned a 2.1 rating, down three tenths from yesterday's premiere 2.4 18-49 rating. MasterChef earned a 2.1 18-49 rating, also down from  yesterday's 2.3 rating

The Catalina on the CW was flat with last week's 0.3 premiere rating.

CBS was all repeats.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, June 5, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC America's Got Talent 3.4 11 12.217
FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.1 7 4.846
CBS NCIS -R 1.2 4 8.535
ABC Last Man Standing -R 0.8 3 3.287
CW The Catalina 0.3 1 0.806
9:30PM ABC Last Man Standing -R 0.8 3 3.050
9:00PM FOX MasterChef 2.1 6 4.793
NBC Love in the Wild (9-11) 1.6 4 4.987
ABC Concert for the Queen (9-11) 1.3 4 6.808
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 1.3 4 7.365
CW The LA Complex -R 0.2 1 0.665
10:00PM CBS 48 Hours Mystery -R 1.1 3 5.742


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," 2.3/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4. 
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.8/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 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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  • Freddy Arrow


    “It makes sense now. FOX and NBC’s unscripted in the summer does better than their scripted in the fall and spring. And people wonder why scripted tv is dead.”

    Since there’s more scripted content produced in the last few years than ever before, I wonder at your statement.

  • Jason

    Oh, boy. Hell’s Kitchen is going to have hell to pay. I guess FOX has overcooked themselves with so much Gordon Ramsay from day to day.

  • OMG

    @Freddy Arrow

    It is easier for networks to put out unscripted shows. Sure, there may be more scripted content produced in the last few years (partially because scripted tv has to recover and increase after the writers’ strike), but such results can only motivate networks to put out more unscripted programming in the future. That is why summer tv is now stuck on reality tv, except for cable, because reality tv has worked well for broadcast summers. That is why NBC is having the Voice, and FOX, The X Factor, to fill out timeslots previously taken by scripted tv in the fall.

  • K

    @Jason, How so? At least his shows aren’t all bed hopping and sex, maybe that could explain the ratings. By the way, HK has already been renewed for 2 more seasons.

  • Michael

    Interesting Catalina is performing slightly better than LA Complex (0.2) pretty much throughout the entire first season.

  • jt

    Anybody knows how AGT is faring this year vs last year? TIA:)

  • SJ

    Of course Hell’s Kitchen is going down just as I started watching it! Love in the Wild did pretty badly at the end of last season (1.1-1.2 IIRC) so a 1.6 is actually pretty good and more or less in line with second-tier summer programming a la Secret Millionaire, Extreme Makeover and Duets.


    ABC is actually going lighter on reality, with Once Upon a Time taking Extreme Makeover’s time slot last season and an hour of comedy debuting on Fridays this fall.

    CBS has always been reality-light and will likely continue that way since it’s been working out pretty well for them.

    I don’t think there’s any other reality on the CW aside from Top Model currently scheduled for the regular season.

    Fox’s X Factor took over for Hell’s Kitchen on Wednesdays, although granted it also ate one hour of scripted on Thursdays. However, Fox brought it back by making Fridays 100% scripted this fall.

    NBC is the only network stocking up on reality, because everything else they air is a disaster.

    @Whoever was talking about Revolution’s YouTube hits, it’s basically an open secret that NBC tends to “buy” views on YT. Last season at this time Grimm had 7 million views as well, a mark it never hit or broke during its 22 episodes on the air. And if anyone thinks Revolution even has a chance after the early collapse of shows like The Event, V and FlashForward, you’re in for a rude awakening.

  • Jason

    @K I guess people are just getting sick of his shows where there’s too much cursing involved. With Motel Hell about to arrive in just a few moments from now, FOX may have been holding onto Gordon for too long.

  • Silvio

    NBC now are definitely #3 network.

    NBC is definitely worst doing network. They have only The Voice and Sunday Night Football. People tend to forget that reality shows don’t bring international, DVD, or – and most important – syndication money. While sport costs a lot.
    Having 2 cycles now, The Voice will drain soon. Worst thing being, they had to do so, as NBC has no other good lead-in. Not a single one. The Office and SVU are not that anymore. They intentionally ditched some days in fall schedule. And with bad pilot picks, there will be more awful days than their execs already settled for.
    Sports brings NBC big ratings average – but it’s only for bragging rights, there is no sense in comparing scripted and unscripted ratings. Sport rights cost them billions of dollars. For example, Olympics will be in red (though many hours that are going to air on NBC-Universal cable networks might make it breaks even). NFL makes money for NBC – but that’s fraction of what much cheaper American Idol makes for Fox with roughly same ratings.

    NBC is in bad situation … and to make it worse their future looks extremely bleak. At least to me.

  • RG-X

    Fox signed Hell’s Kitchen & Master Chef for another season next year too – so it’s safe but Gordon’s ratings maybe running out of steam – I’ll continue to watch until they cancel – wonder how this will effect Hotel Hell – I’d wait to put it on until Kitchen & MC are done for the year.

  • Fischer

    @Mike. I see Revolution as ‘The Event’. Starts strong. Then plummets.

  • TatiG

    Hey NHL fans, this is why NBC put the Stanley Cup on the NBCSN. They wanted to show America’s got talent for an awesome 3.4 rating and win the night.

    NHL really struggles among young viewers. it’s a baby boomers sport. ;)

  • hubert_wentland


    don’t get too excited ;) i mean, NBC has ‘the Voice’, ‘SNF’, ‘Smash’ (you presented it as a hit, while it couldn’t even pull 2.0 after the best network’s lead-in), but what else? nothing. CBS won one of last Mondays while going against the Voice. it would defenetly continue if TAAHM stayed in, but considering they’re out, I don’t really know who will rule. ‘Revolution’ will never top H5O, that’s for sure. (okay, maybe for its premiere).

    CBS might regret moving TAAHM. don’t they remember what happened last spring, when the show was on repeats? HIMYM fell to 2.5 (though it wasn’t as strong as this season), ‘Mad Love’ was in 1’s, M&M scored 2.2 once.

  • Joseph

    The NBA Playoff game (Boston at Miami) on ESPN probably dominated the night in overall numbers and key demos.

  • Petar

    Sure that NBA win the night. No doubt about this.

  • John A

    As long as Hk or MC dont fall much more Fox will be happy. 2.0 in summer is good.

  • Petar


    Agree. Actually NBC have two strong sitcoms Go on and new normal with the voice lead for go on and may be olympics 2012 air for the two sitcoms. Earlier airing will not hurt sitcoms.

  • Petar

    What else than BB will broadcast CBS this summer.

  • Petar

    Next week CBS start repeat TM in sundays at 10(new TM time) So people will have time to make habbits and remmember.

  • Nick

    Household ratings:

    CBS: 4.8/8 -13% Year to Year
    NBC: 4.6/7 -42% YTY
    ABC: 4.3/7 -45% YTY
    FOX: 3.5/6 +40% YTY
    CW: 0.5/1 +/-0% YTY

    AGT: 8.0/13
    LITW: 2.9/5

    LMS (R): 2.4/4 (average of the two)
    Concert/Queen: 5.2/8

    HK: 3.6/6
    Masterchef: 3.4/5

    NCIS (R): 5.6/9
    NCIS:LA (R):4.9/8
    48HM: 3.8/6

    The Catalina: 0.6/1
    LAC (R): 0.4/1

    Half Hours-
    Love In The Wild:
    9 pm: 3.2/5
    9:30 pm: 2.8/4
    10 pm: 2.7/4
    10:30 pm: 2.8/5

    Concert For The Queen:
    9 pm: 4.8/7
    9:30 pm: 5.0/8
    10 pm: 5.7/9
    10:30 pm: 5.5/9

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