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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  • Jared

    Cult is the only new show im excited for on the CW this winter. Is it being paired mid season with TVD?.

  • K


    Felix went home, because frankly her dish looked nasty, besides has she even won a Mystery Box Challenge, like David did? The main problem with his dish was the seasoning, which I believe Joe (?) mentioned to him, compared to Felix’s dish which was a total mess.

  • K


    How so? It was the first time in HK’s history that neither team won an award challenge, and during dinner service, there is the hope that both teams do well and actually finish the service. I was hoping Blue would finally pull it out, but they did not. Has the blue team even won dinner service this season?

  • Jenna

    LA Complex is good as good can be. Too many people are sleeping on this super relate able show. In a matter of fact, a lot of people on Twitter & Facebook didn’t even know it was on tonight. That’s how bad the promotion for this show it. I barely even saw any commercials for it like I did for the premiere. The promo that they showed was boring too because it was about the most insignificant plot in the episode. The CW is really trying to kill this show more than the ratings have.

  • Mon

    Felix won twice. I don’t know if we watched the same show. The judges said that Felix’s dish looked nice but was very dense. David’s dish however was inedible according to the judges.

  • lll

    Person of interest will be on Tuesdays (sometimes sharing it with 48 hours) for the summer. It will be on Thurdays as well–just not this thursday (because of the show ‘3’). By the way the POI show last night is called “Get Carter.”

  • Mon

    Oops correction. Felix won three individual challenges. And her dish was never thrown in the thrash like David’s.

  • Ram510

    The Middle/Last Man Standing combo worked out nicely. They should try them together with original episodes sometimes this season. Especially since The Neighbors probably won’t last very long and it got moved to 830

  • a p garcia

    AGT was better than average, but there were some several acts that were better suited if they were on MTV’s Jackass.

  • DTV

    It is a shame about LA Complex. I wish more people would tune in. This is a really well written show. Last scene with Kal the rapper dude left me speechless.

  • Jon23812

    Looks like Trust Us With Your Life won’t be renewed for a second season.

  • RG-X

    More Of Hell’s Kitchen & Master Chef – love these shows – although David should have been kicked off of Master Chef – he had advantage and still blew it – I think i wouldn’t want him in my kitchen making me anything. ;/

  • WB

    IMO, it’s not the shows on The CW. It’s the network itself that has suddenly been lost! The CW executives needs to somehow GAIN exposure by stressing to promote the network! MOST IMPORTANT: better stragety of promos/ad! ( :

    Hopefully The CW will suprise us this fall ! GO DIXIE !:)

  • WB

    Can someone tell me how this network kids block, VORETEXX will be? Is it programming only anime shows? or will it have a schedule and feel like Kids WB??

    I hope it has that kids wb vibe! KIDS DONT WATCH ANIME lol.

  • Cameron

    I echo those of you who’ve seen The L.A. Complex this is one of the top 5 shows on the air right now.

    It really is time for this show to breakout and get discovered. That timeslot sucks for it.

  • Kaylie

    @Supernatural fan… YOu forgot Hellcats never did well there either.

  • Will

    I’m convinced that LA Complex is way too good for these numbers.

    Good to see AGT finally go up.

    I don’t what ABC is doing anymore on Tuesday nights and they don’t know either.

  • Alex Morgan


  • Nick

    Yay for Masterchef, Hell’s Kitchen, The Middle, and Last Man Standing. The Middle and LMS are very good together. I hope LMS or the new Malibu Country get their premeire episodes behind one Middle episode. That would boost the ratings a lot.

  • yo yo yo

    agt was real good last night for the first time all season .. keep this up and ratings will recover .

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