TV Ratings Tuesday:'America's Got Talent' Rises to Win Night, 'Master Chef', 'Love in the Wild' Up, 'Hell's Kitchen' Flat

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June 27th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/7 2.2/7 1.3/4 1.1/3 0.7/2 0.2/0
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.6/6 1.3/4 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.33 7.83 3.39 6.67 2.57 0.44


Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (U.S. Olympic Trials) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

NBC and FOX tied for the number one network in adults 18-49 while NBC was on top among total viewers.

On FOX, Hell's Kitchen earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, matching last week's performance. MasterChef garnered a 2.2 among adults 18-49, up 5%  from last week's 2.1.

On NBC. night two of the U.S. Olympic Trials swimming events earned a preliminary 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, though this number is likely to change in the final rating. America's Got Talent scored a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, up 7% from a 3.0 for its most recent Tuesday original episode on June 12. Love in the Wild, garnered  a1.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 23% from last week's season low of 1.3 and matching the show's highest 18-49 rating since July 6, 2011

On the CW, The Catalina earned a0.2 adults 18-49 rating, down from  last week's 0.3.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, June 25, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.2/7 5.35
NBC U.S. Olympic Trials (Live) 1.9/7 6.95
CBS NCIS - R 1.1/4 7.92
ABC Last Man Standing - R 0.9/3 3.65
CW The Catalina 0.2/1 0.57
8:30 ABC Last Man Standing - R 0.9/3 3.46
9:00 NBC America's Got Talent 3.2/9 11.52
FOX MasterChef 2.2/6 5.32
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles - R 1.0/3 6.44
ABC Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss (9-11PM)  - R 0.6/2 3.65
CW L.A. Complex - R 0.1/0 0.30
10:00 NBC Love In the Wild 1.6/5 5.03
CBS 48 Hours Mystery - R 1.0/3 5.66


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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.8/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/4). 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 with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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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.

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  • Michael

    CW needs to learn a thing or two from MTV and ABc Family. CW is in serious need of revamping their network for the summer. Showing million of repeats of the same shows (weekly) is tiring! They need to invest in new programs.

  • Joseph

    @John A
    Dude , you need to compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges ,,
    Oranges = New Programming.
    NBC came out on top but the cost did not come cheap.
    Fox had great numbers especially when you consider the cost to produce MaterChef & Hell’s Kitchen.
    Apples – Repeats
    CBS as always had very respectable demo and viewer numbers.
    ABC failed last nigt in viewers but did hold its own in the demo.

  • hubert_wentland

    how can the CW afford filming any shows? their original programming is doing worse than any other network’s reapets. but they still have the money. so i guess for example NCIS repeat still makes tons and tons of money.

    (I mean, their shows are produced by WB – not cheaper Lions Gate or something. I know WB owns half of the CW, but they don’t make shows for free.)

    or maybe i just understand it all wrong.

  • Oliver

    The biggest surprise is how well Last Man Standing repeated. It was only getting 1.5 towards the end of the season.

    I suspect being old-skewing helps it. Will be interesting to see how it does on Friday (assuming it doesn’t get moved before after something flops).

  • TimsDale4ever

    Not many seem to be interested in the trials — I wonder if this bodes well for the upcoming events.

  • TimsDale4ever

    CALALINA must be setting records for a first time run show — LOW records that is. lmao

  • Oliver

    The CW loses money, but it’s kept afloat by hugely profitable multinational companies (Time Warner and CBS Corporation).

  • Herb

    The prettiest song EVER recorded and it wasn’t even a hit? ” Blessed ” by Elton John. Listen on YouTube. Type in “Blessed” listen to the recorded version with lyrics.

  • talbet

    I won’t be watching AGT again. It’s not just because they didn’t put Andrew through but it’s just so obvious that it’s a ploy for controversy. And it worked. But I sat there and watched that show all year and never really liked it, because of being a fan of Stern. And the show turns out to be every bit as phoney as the stuttering cowboy. It’s not a protest so much as the show is complete B.S.

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