TV Ratings Tuesday: 'America's Got Talent', 'MasterChef', 'Hell's Kitchen' & 'Love in the Wild' All Down on Pre-4th Tuesday

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July 4th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.0/7 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.1/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/7 1.1/5 1.4/6 0.6/2 0.5/2 0.1/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.083 6.157 3.373 6.605 2.550 0.383


Note ahead of the holiday overall TV viewing by adults 18-49 was down 12% on a relative basis and 3.9% on an absolute basis (average of 33% of adults 18-49 watching last Tuesday night, only 29.1% last night).

FOX was number one network in adults 18-49 while an all-repeat CBS was on top among total viewers.

On FOX, Hell's Kitchen earned a 1.9 rating, down four tenths from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. MasterChef was also down, earning only a 2.0 rating, down two tenths from last week's 2.2 among adults 18-49.

On NBC America's Got Talent scored a 2.3, down almost a full ratings point from last week's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. Love in the Wild, garnered  a 1.3, down three tenths from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, The Catalina was even with last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC and CBS were all repeats for the evening.

Happy 4th of July!

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, July 3, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Hell's Kitchen 1.9/7 4.90
CBS NCIS - R 1.0/4 8.01
NBC America's Got Talent -R 1.0/4 4.75
ABC Wipeout - R 0.9/3 3.40
CW The Catalina 0.2/1 0.51
9:00 NBC America's Got Talent 2.3/8 9.21
FOX MasterChef 2.0/7 5.17
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 0.8/3 5.79
ABC Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Ed (9-11p)- R 0.7/2 2.13
CW The LA Complex -R 0.1/0 0.26
10:00 NBC Love in the Wild 1.3/4 4.51
CBS 48 Hours Mystery - R 1.1/3 6.02


NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • John A

    That has too be the lowest viewership for CW ever? I know just a repeat but still. Surprised demo isnt 0.0

  • Sean


  • Joseph

    @John A,
    The numbers are pretty even with last week, and the hits to viewership are all steady , the only exception being , America’s Got Talent that took a huge hit over last week.

  • John A

    Wow slow day commenting today.

  • Kaylie

    The CW should really move their shows to correspond with their fall schedule to get people used to it. They would have been better off with just showing repeats of their scripted series. The CW needs to do something fast. ABC Family dominates the demo they both share.

  • talbet

    Seems AGT didn’t find many A’s with T.

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    Fan Excuse Bingo time

    Reason why ratings are down is because everyone is on vacation.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Traffic Excuse Bingo:

    site traffic falls on national holidays and it “seems” even worse in the summer when traffic is already lower to begin with.

    Some excuses are valid. Clearly fewer people were watching TV last night than the previous Tuesday.

  • Nick

    Couldn’t the CW and NBC taken the Catalina and LITW of for one week? I know that AGT and the kitchen shows have a strict schedule, but the Catalina especially could take a week off for the 4th.

  • a p garcia

    AGT sure went down a lot, you sure teh #s are right?

  • cc

    Why is ABC listed first when they barely beat the CW?

    Good one, Sean, about General Hospital.

  • Joseph

    @Robert Seidman
    shows are all about even or down around 10-15% more or less ,
    the only exception was America’s Got Talent that was down a massive 33%.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    I’ve re-sorted the table to rank high to low, but the AGT numbers at 9pm were correct.

  • David Howell

    Suddenly it looks like Oh Sit! is going to be the CW’s biggest summer success. Because it only needs a 0.3 to do that, and it’s probably gained enough snickering attention that it’ll at least premiere with that. ;)

    CBS gets all the old folks who don’t go out on the night before the holiday, evidently. Comfortable win in total viewers with an all-rerun schedule that included a news magazine, wow.

  • RJ


    No point in delaying The Catalina a week when last night was the finale. I’m sure the CW just wants it gone.

  • Al

    The Amazing Spider-man killed broadcast last night! :D

  • John A

    Funny that 48 Hours gets the same numbers any night its on.

  • Anthony

    It should probably be noted that last week on tuesday AGT was a performance show and this week it was a result show. That plus the impending holiday probably accounts for the bigger than usual drop since results shows always rate lower than performance.

  • Drew

    One reason America’s Got Talent was down was because Houston TX didn’t air AGT! They had a Soccer game on

  • Sal

    Idk whats wrong with NBC, I thought it wants AGT to succeed, but it’s hard to find the show, it keeps changing times… keep it in the same time slot pls!

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