TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Hell's Kitchen' and 'MasterChef' Rise, 'America's Got Talent' Flat, 'N.Y. Med', 'L.A. Complex' Down

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July 25th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/8 2.2/7 1.4/4 1.1/3 0.8/2 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.6/5 1.4/4 0.6/2 0.6/1 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.159 8.350 3.629 6.261 3.141 0.545


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

On FOX, the  Hell's Kitchen scored a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating , up 4% from last week's 2.5. MasterChef also earned a 2.6 among adults 18-49, up 4% from a 2.5 last week.

On NBC America's Got Talent earned a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, matching last week's performance. Love in the Wild garnered  a 1.3 among adults 18-49, flat with last week.

On ABC,both the 9 and 9:30PM episodes of Trust Us With Your Life  earned a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating at 9:00, down 33%  from the 0.9 that both episodes earned last week.  NY Med garnered a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 8% from last week's 1.2.

On the CW, The LA Complex earned a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating , down from last week's 0.3.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, July 24, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC America's Got Talent (8-10PM) 2.6/8 10.28
FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.6/9 6.16
CBS NCIS - R 1.1/4 7.14
ABC The Middle - R 0.9/3 3.63
CW Hart of Dixie - R 0.3/1 0.70
8:30 ABC Last Man Standing - R 0.8/3 2.80
9:00 FOX MasterChef 2.6/7 6.16
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles- R 1.1/3 6.08
ABC Trust Us With Your Life 0.6/2 1.94
CW The L.A. Complex 0.2/0 0.39
9:30 ABC Trust Us With Your Life 0.6/2 1.83
10:00 NBC Love In the Wild 1.3/4 4.50
CBS Person of Interest - R 1.1/2 5.56
ABC NY Med 1.1/3 4.33


In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 1.0/4; 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 0.7/3 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 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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  • Revorushin

    Well-done to the food on Fox

  • Dillan

    The LA Conplex :(

  • s0303

    they couldn’t pay me to watch trust us with your life…not surprised its doing horribly…

  • Baqinardo

    Last night was the best ep of AGT.
    Loved it!

  • Carrie

    BTW, CTV renewed Saving Hope for season 2.

  • Mon

    Masterchef was so disappointing last night. Ugh! Why couldn’t they eliminate the fat one who couldn’t cook!!!

    The Middle random repeat did good.

  • rob60990

    Why is ABC even bothering with Trust Us With Your Life? Poor NY Med.

    AGT is so terrible. The only interesting act was the dog one.

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Mon
    I agree that the wrong person went home on MasterChef.

    I think that this 2 week break for the Olympics could hurt both HK’s and MasterChef’s ratings.

  • Jeff R

    @Mon – I was bummed with the eliminaton as well. His win in the mystery box challenge probably saved him. He’s not long for the show. I love so many of the finalists, it’s going to be tough to see them leave. I’ll be happy with just about any of them winning. LOVE this show! It’s been great to see its ratings continue to climb!

  • tv_viewer

    Advertisers shouldn’t trust ABC with promised ratings for Trust Us With Your Life. They wasted their money on that program.

    Some poster recently asked what was the lowest rated new program ABC aired in 2012. Trust Us With Your Life is definitely the top contender.

  • Judi

    why are they moving POI to a different night and time????? I missed it :(

  • Jeff R

    @Survivor Fan – I didn’t know about the two week break! Makes total sense, but what a bummer! I can’t get enough Masterchef!

  • James D.

    Somewhat surprised by Fox’s decision to give the Ramsay shows a break due to the Olympics. Never hurts to have counterprogramming for those not interested in London 2012. Curious if Ramsay himself requested the hiatus.

    Is ABC even bothering to promote “Trust Us” anymore? Part of me thought there’d be some interest from casual viewers this week given Fred Willard’s recent arrest, but guess not.

  • Smoke That Sherm-Palladino

    IMO, “The L.A. Complex” is one of the best 4 or 5 shows on this summer. So, it’s really too bad that it’s the lowest rated scripted drama ever on network TV…

  • Supernatural fan

    Hart of Dixie did good in its repeat, i reckon it’ll get renewed for a third season, 90210 will go and so will Emily Owens MD, Although i like 90210 its ratings arent so good, and emily owens MD is in the death slot! No CW show has ever done well there? Melrose Place, Ringer? Terrible ratings for both.
    Supernatural, Arrow and Nitika all the way!!

  • John

    @ Diego

    I don’t think Cult will do bad because lack of promo, it’s a mid season show, so it’ll air in January-March, so it not getting any promoting right now isn’t a bad thing, I’d expect promoting to start around the fall for Cult. i think Emily Owens is a fall show, if so, that’s obviously going to fail already with lack of promotion.

  • John A

    LMAO at LA Complex.

  • John A

    Lol so the promo is to blame for LA Complex horrible ratings? Of course its not the show itself.

  • juan

    I agree that I was super pissed yesterday of who went home, SPOILER Felix should not have gone home, David had the advantage and he did a horrible dish, he should have went home.

  • A2V

    @ Diego Emily Owens seems different from the other shows because a medical procedural which repeat better and could grow unlike Melrose Place and Ringer.

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