TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Hell's Kitchen', 'MasterChef' and 'Love in the Wild' Rise, 'America's Got Talent' Dips, and 'Wipeout' Sees New Low

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July 18th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.5/8 2.2/6 1.5/5 1.2/3 1.0/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/7 1.6/5 1.6/5 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.063 8.158 3.906 4.019 6.169 0.811



FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49, but NBC won the night in total viewers.

On FOX, the  Hell's Kitchen scored a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating , up four tenths from its last Tuesday original two weeks ago, which earned a 2.0 rating. Tuesday original two weeks ago. MasterChef earned a 2.5 rating, up five tenths from the 2.0 its last Tuesday original earned.

On NBC America's Got Talent earned a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, down two tenths  from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Love in the Wild garnered  a 1.3 rating, up a tenth from from last week's 1.2 rating.

On ABC, Wipeout earned a series low 1.4 rating, down from last week's 1.5 rating. Trust Us With Your Life  earned a 0.9 rating at 9:00, down two tenths from from last week's 1.1  adults 18-49 rating, while a second episode at 9:30 PM also earned a 0.9 rating, down a tenth from last week's 1.0 among adults 18-49. NY Med was flat with last week's 1.2 among adults 18-49.

On the CW, The LA Complex earned a 0.3 rating, flat with its last original.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, July 17, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC America's Got Talent Live (8-10PM) 2.6 8  10.100
FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.4 8 5.988
ABC Wipeout 1.4 5 4.639
CBS NCIS -R 1.0 3 7.242
CW Hart of Dixie -R 0.4 1 0.961
9:00PM FOX MasterChef 2.5 7 6.138
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 1.0 3 5.778
ABC Trust Us With Your Life 0.9 3 2.722
CW The LA Complex 0.3 1 0.660
9:30PM ABC Trust Us With Your Life 0.9 3 2.625
10:00PM NBC Love in the Wild 1.3 4 4.352
ABC NY Med 1.2 3 4.744
CBS Person of Interest -R 1.0 3 5.488


In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; 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," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2).
  • 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 ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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

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  • Observer

    I wouldn’t watch LA Complex if they paid me. For reasons…

  • Mon

    @K and Kavyn

    Next week’s episode looks good. I too would like to see Ryan make it back. I think he’s a great cook. His molten cake was maybe a minute away from perfect doneness. Ramsay said it tasted good eventhough it collapsed. I hated when David was up there laughing. I bet he doesn’t know know how to do a molten chocolate cake. I wonder why there were only 4-6 competing for another shot? The cowboy should be there too.

  • WoWza

    I cant spell, and I tend to type fast … too fast!
    (Working and blogging do not mix ) :-)

  • WoWza

    Really, AGT is not going down because of stenn at all “sternsucks”. I mean, he is not terrible as a judge. The talent is what causes ratings to be steady or instead decline…. and it is largely lacking this year… so yeah…. lower ratings. Things will pocik up after NBC advertises the heck out of the final rounds…. which air after the olympics are finally over.

  • WoWza

    @sternsucks – I respect when somebody can stand their ground, but not when the ground is falling from beneath you because there was never any ground to stand on.

  • Jared

    Will the CW be repeating the LA COMPLEX anytime this week?..I didn’t even know last night was the season 2 premiere..for a show the CW isn’t promoting..the numbers aren’t that bad considering.

  • Micah

    This is the most talentless season of AGT ever.

  • Dillan

    The LA Complex premiere was very good. The ratings definitely don’t reflect the quality of the show.

  • USAmerica1st

    TOO much Wipeout! Tuesday and Thursday does not work. Apparently they got the message since it’s missing next Tuesday, but then they have a 2 hour block scheduled on Thursday.

  • lancelot48

    The ratings were not much different without Stern? If they did increase it wasn’t really earth shattering. Personally I preferred the Englishman, Piers Morgan.

  • Tony

    @Jared. Yes the CW is reairing last nights premiere of LA Complex Thursday at 9.

  • Fischer

    Wow… AGT is really going downhill, FOX shows could surpass AGT next week

  • Duncey

    Like people were saying L.A. Complex might be THE BEST KEPT SECRET ON ALL OF TELEVISION RIGHT NOW. The show is one of the better realistic soaps you’re ever going to watch and it moves fast too.

    The viewership was a lot stronger than it had been in the spring. The CW was smart running the show in the summertime with the Canadian audiences but the timeslot has never been good for it as it showed more life on Wednesdays.

  • Duncey

    @ Dillan

    Exactly the ratings don’t reflect the quality of the show at all. It just needs to get discovered which is hard to do on a limited network like CW.

    I thought Nikita was the network’s best quality show the last couple of seasons but that’s not the cast anymore its clearly The L.A. Complex.

  • Stu

    Fischer, AGT is only down 7%, that’s not bad and it could rise in a few hours when final numbers come out.

    lancelot48, Howard Stern is the shot in the arm that AGT needed in my opinion. The show is much more fun than it was last year, where it felt like it was dragging.

  • Larry

    The L.A. Complex is very good people need to start watching it as its really groundbreaking and original.

  • Larry

    @ Stu, AGT is still doing very well for a show that’s moved and repeated several times. I feel like the show is missing Piers though, I would’ve loved to have seen Piers with Stern that would’ve been classic television.

    ABC needs to bring back Battle of the Network Stars instead of killing Wipeout.

  • Stu

    Larry, i agree with you 100%. Piers and Stern together would be fantastic, much better than Stern and Howie Mande.

  • Larry

    @ Stu, Yes I would love to see Piers and Stern together as they would be so controversial. Howie and Stern do well together but just not entertaining enough. They should have four judges on the panel. They need to bring in someone evil next season like Piers.

  • MikeRand

    “The L.A. Complex” was great last night as usual. Everyone needs to start watching! They need to promote this like crazy because it really does deserve to stay! It’s the only good thing the CW has right now.

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