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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  • Rick

    As for the CW issue, their problem is they think they can just throw a bunch of good looking people together in front of a fancy backdrop and expect good things to happen. They don’t bother to try to connect with the viewer. We want to feel emotions when we watch tv–we want to laugh, cry, be scared, and relate to who we are watching. Of the remaining shows, I’ll watch TVD, Nikita, and Supernatural if nothing else is on, but there’s nothing about any of the shows that makes me excited to keep watching. They’re just really dull. I think CBS controls most of the network, and that’s their main problem right there. Their target audience is slightly older than the typical 18-49 range, while CW wants slightly less than that range. Get the people back that ran the WB!!

  • Bohamani

    @ Rick

    I agree with everything you said but you need to watch L.A. Complex that’s the most relatable show they’ve ever had. There’s real people in that show and real storylines of struggle. Why do you think so many people are bragging about it on here.

  • RG-X

    AAAArrrrrgghhh! I just found out Hell’s Kitchen & Master Chef are repeats until Olympics are over – they return the 13th & 14th and are paired up with Hotel Hell! –

    2 weeks of no Hell’s Kitchen – blah :(

  • Rick

    Yeah I tried it. I get why other people like it, but it’s just not for me. I really wanted to like it, because I liked Degrassi and Cassie Steele, and the concept behind seemed promising. I’d rather watch White Collar or Big Bang repeats at 9 however.

  • Jon23812

    @WB, Vortexx is going to air Yu-Gi-Oh, Power Rangers, and some other shows. And kids DO watch anime. Pokemon was the #1 children’s show in the 90s.

  • Observer

    I won’t watch LA Complex but I’m not sure why it’s not doing better. It seems like the kind of show that would at least have a moderate amount of sucsess. People who watch it do seem to think the acting is good and that there are compelling stories.

  • La Canfora

    LA Complex just like Nikita doesn’t fit with the teen direction of the network but they do with their future as CW is changing out of that teen demo under their new leadership.

    LA Complex being an undiscovered adult drama still gives the show a bit of leverage of being discovered but the network its on is going to have to drastically improve. I think LA Complex needs to develop an international audience also like most soaps end up doing before they become popular.

    I really believe if LA Complex was on another network it would obviously draw a bigger well deserved audience. I really wished LA Complex aired next to Dallas on TNT I think the audience over there would be a better fit for it.

  • Kavyn

    I really enjoyed last night’s LAC. The only storyline I find uninteresting is the guy with the scar, but the rest of them are very interesting. I feel like they got rid of two solid characters from season 1 though, but I like the new girl and Simon.

  • carla

    It is great having repeats of POI on Tuesdays and Thursdays this summer. Makes the week just fly by. It is going to be hard going back to a once-a-week schedule come September!

  • GARebelman

    Irritated at who went home on Hells Kitchen and Masterchef. Loud robyn gets to stay while the hilarious guy left. And David Martinez who screwed HIMSELF gets to stay while the epic Felix goes??? What crock

  • Brian

    I KNOW!!! David should have gone home, I don’t know how he has made it so far in the competition!!! Felix DEFINATLEY didn’t deserve to go home. David sucks so bad, he is for sure going home next episode.

  • Jenn

    LA Complex is history

  • WB


    Well that was back in the 90’s! This is the 2010’s now! :) things change.

  • Get Milk

    LA Complex’s ratings for last night’s episode is atrocious. Well, at least we can enjoy the rest of season 2…

  • K


    Thanks. David has had his moments of doing well as well. Maybe the judges see something in him, the other chefs don’t. He is the only Chef Ramsey calls by full name, don’t you know :}

  • Jon23812

    @WB, well Pokemon, and Beyblade must do okay if Cartoon Network if they still dub and air new episodes.

  • John

    NY med is great but I hope the last episode wasn’t a harbinger of things to come. Most of the episode was about an arrogant, resentful, in-your-face gay man in need of a heart transplant to whom the world revolves around gayness. In introducing himself, almost the first words out of his mouth were “I’m gay and if you don’t like it, too bad!” He was HIV+ and his original heart was damaged by a “viral infection”. Almost everything he said on camera related to his being gay. I’m tired of the agenda being crammed down my throat in almost every show on TV.

  • Hihi1212

    I didn’t even know the LA Complex started again!!!

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