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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  • Jon23812

    Aww, Wipeout lost the night on 8PM.

  • John A

    I dont watch the LA Complex but groundbreaking is probably exaggerating for a teenage soap.

  • Ji (g)

    Americia didn’t have any talent last night. Move this panel to Idol along with Nick and cancel this show. everything would be fixed.

  • Ji (g)


  • Get Milk

    I was hoping The LA Complex would get better numbers now that they’re simulcasting the show in the US and Canada.

    After last night’s cliff hanger, hopefully the viewership and ratings will go up.

  • Roger

    @John A

    Telling that L.A. Complex is a teen soap, prooves you have no idea what the show realy is.

  • John A

    @Roger From the wikipedia description pretty much sounds like it. Ive never seen the show so fair enough.

  • Zach

    I hope Hart Of Dixie isn’t adjusted down. .4 is really good for a repeat considering it was getting .5/.6 in the spring. Hopefully it will help draw viewers in in the fall for a high rated premiere.

  • DCWG

    “I dont watch the LA Complex but groundbreaking is probably exaggerating for a teenage soap.”

    Why didn’t you stop yourself before posting this, you clearly don’t watch the show so you wouldn’t know if it was groundbreaking or not.

  • JD

    Ohhh John A. Grade A troll.

  • Networkman

    Scheduling is tricky in the Summer because alot of the scripted shows are taken off. NY Med is a perfect placement holder for Private Practice. Being that both are a medical drama dealing with doctors and patients. I think it should be the goal of the networks to try and keep the same audience
    watching a particular timeslot that would watch the scripted drama when it returns in the Fall. Anyways, WipeOut is getting too overexposed. Once a week is enough. I would keep it on Tuesday night.

    8pm Wipeout
    9pm Happy Endings- It is time to put this show back on and get audiences use to the new timeslot. It can’t do any worse than Trust Us With Your Life.
    9:30 Modern Family/Don’t Trust The B…
    10pm NY Med

    And the rest of the week:
    7pm Secret Millionare
    8pm Once Upon a Time repeats
    9pm Revenge repeats
    10pm Final Witness

    8pm The Bachelor Pad
    10pm Castle

    8pm The Middle repeats
    8:30 Suburgatory repeats
    9pm Modern Family repeats
    9:30 Trust Us With Your Life
    10pm Duets

    8pm Rookie Blue
    9pm Extreme Makeover Weight Edition

    8pm Shark Tank
    9pm The Glass House
    10pm 20/20

  • Staite

    It still haunts me on L.A. Complex when Kal punching his man with all of that blood loss. Man that show is so good!

  • John A

    A show airing on CW isnt groundbreaking was my thinking and the way some of the childish commentaters here act has confirmed this.

  • Roger

    People judging a show by wikipedia confirm a lot to me too.

  • K


    It would be nice for Ryan to be back, but I doubt it, unless Graham, Gordon and Joe also taste to make it fair. It would be too easy for the other chefs to give not liked chefs, like Ryan, reviews that could result in the unliked chefs elimination.

  • Bumfuzzled

    I think Stern is a good judge but he’s exposed just how bad Howie and Sharon perform. Not a good mix! Howie is probably the worst and has worn out his welcome.

  • Get Milk

    LOL@Roger Nice one!

    LA Complex deserves better than the CW! I wonder if the show would perform better on MTV…

    Oh well, the important thing is that the CW picked it up. Hopefully, they’ll pick up the remaining 6 episodes of season 2 as well.

  • DTV

    The LA Complex is groundbreaking because it deals with something that has NEVER been showcased on TV. Being gay in the hip hop world.
    The show is very gritty and real. To be honest this is the only show I have ever watched on the CW. I understand this may not be everyone’s cup of tea but the fact that it deals with this subject speaks volumes.

  • Mark

    LA complex was great. Damn good show.

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