Tuesday Final Ratings: 'LA Complex' Adjusted Down + Final Olympics Numbers for Night Four

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August 1st, 2012


The LA Complex was adjusted down among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Tuesday broadcast ratings. Also find the final numbers for night four of the XXX Summer Olympics

Broadcast primetime final ratings for Tuesday:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC 2012 Summer Olympics (8-11:43 PM) 12.8 35 38.720
FOX MasterChef -R 0.9 3 2.280
CBS NCIS -R 1.0 3 6.820
ABC The Middle -R 0.6 2 2.750
CW Hart of Dixie -R 0.2 1 0.600
8:30PM ABC Last Man Standing 0.5 2 2.070
9:00PM CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 1.0 3 5.220
FOX MasterChef -R 0.9 2 2.150
ABC Wipeout -R 0.7 2 2.300
CW The LA Complex 0.1 0 0.440
10:00PM CBS Person of Interest -R 0.9 2 4.330
ABC NY Med 0.6 2 2.800

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Maurice

    @ Dean_W

    Good question, I can’t believe CBS aired Survivor in 2004 after the Super Bowl when CSI was in its prime. Both shows deserve it but neither one needs the boost since their old in age.

    I think CBS should go with comedies this time and boost BBT even more and 2 Broke Girls. Depending on how Partners in the fall does they could do 2 Broke Girls and Partners. If they were to go with dramas it’d easily be either Elementary or Persons of Interest. I wouldn’t mind if NCIS: LA got the boost.

    I know a lot of people hate remakes and reboots but I can’t wait to see the Brady Bunch reboot in 2013.

  • Maurice

    @ panda22

    Based on the Canadian numbers I thought it wasn’t coming back for season 2 but when they brought it back I was shocked. That kind of motivated me to get into because that mean the networks saw something special in it.

    I know it gets boosted by PLL because it airs right after PLL but what are PLL’s numbers anyways?

  • panda22

    @ Maurice….i was stunned when Much renewed it also, i’m not 100% sure, but i think it got renewed before The CW got the US rights. Or maybe they renewed based on a co-production deal with CW.

  • Robert

    I have to say, LA Complex is one of the best shows on TV right now. It’s really a pity nobody is watching. It’s better than Gossip Girl and 90210 by miles and miles.

  • Maurice

    @ panda22

    I think it was the co-production deal and CW’s willingness to keep airing it. A lot of Canadian shows have benefited with their co-production or syndicate deals with the US networks. It might be a shared revenue deal that plays a part in it too so its a win win situation for both networks.

  • Kavyn

    The LA Complex is quite a fun show to watch. Really digging the new character too, but I miss Tariq and Alicia. I don’t really understand why they’re following King’s storyline without Tariq, unless Tariq is coming back (which I hope he does).

    That 0.1 rating is brutal, but honestly considering it must be incredibly cheap I respect The CW for giving this show a chance. It’s nice to see Canadian actors get some spotlight, and even if the ratings are sub-par, those 440k viewers must have the cast and producers ecstatic compared to MM’s 22k viewers. In the end what are they going to replace it with? Their reality shows also flopped so what better than to give other shows a shot if it’s cheap and still provides some profit in some way.

  • Maurice

    @ Robert

    Agreed Robert 100% with you, it is a shame but its not a worry either. This is just another case of a great show that needs to get discovered. Positive word of mouth on the show will help it grow a lot in the future. The positive word of mouth is how I got into the show and there’s plenty of people like me out there that want to start on a new show and give it a chance.

  • The End


    I would say the main problem is that the show is on the CW.

    Virtually all the shows on this network have been suffering from declining ratings. All virtually under 2 million, in most cases under 1.5 million except Vampire Diaries and some other one.

    LA Complex needs a cable channel with a decent viewership. You know a network that constantly gets a few million viewers.

  • Getmilk

    The LA Complex was renewed for season 2 before it had aired in the US. I guess they thought it’d be a hit. I remember seeing pictures of The LA Complex on billboards in LA and select cities.

    Hopefully, they’ll Bell Media will renew this show despite the ratings.

    By the way, the Canadian viewership for season 2 on average is higher because it airs after PLL and right before Degrassi. I hope more viewers from PLL will watch The LA Complex and spread through word of mouth how great this show really is…

  • The End

    You also have to remember that only about 19700 ish households make up Nielsens rating system, i.e the people who are tracked. Word of mouth just won’t work, unless you know some people with a box lol.

  • John A

    LMAO at LA Complex. A Original did that bad is hilarious.

  • K


    Don’t forget they also open the upcoming NFL season, and have the highly anticipated Steelers and Broncos, which will easily win Sunday night.

  • Tony

    You have to respect Mark Pedowitz for at least giving LA Complex a chance. Honestly, he could have canceled this show last season lol. 0.1 is certainly a new record the CW holds!!

  • Getmilk

    @The End: due to their skewed demographics, The CW takes other views in consideration.

    “”We’re a fan of the show. It does do well for us digitally and in social media. We really love the show, you know, depicting a realistic look at struggling [talents] in Los Angeles. Martin Gero is a fantastic writer. I want to be in business with him for a long time,” Pedowitz said.

    “We wouldn’t have stuck with it if we didn’t believe in it.”

    The L.A. Complex currently airs on The CW on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. However, as of August 27th, the show will move to Mondays at 8 p.m.”


    I really want to know what the numbers are though compared to the other shows on The CW.

  • Observer

    @Tony, yeah they can advertise “The Record-Breaking LA Complex!”

    Karma, Gero, karma.

  • Tony

    I like Mark Pedowitz optimism, but he seems to always have an excuse for everything lol. You can’t always use the same excuse “It does extremely poorly with Nielsen viewers, but does well online.” It seems to be his rebuttal for everything that performs extremely low.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I like Mark Pedowitz optimism, but he seems to always have an excuse for everything lol. You can’t always use the same excuse “It does extremely poorly with Nielsen viewers, but does well online.” It seems to be his rebuttal for everything that performs extremely low.”

    Pedowitz is only a year into the job, and only a few months into publicly explaining/excusing ratings failures/show cancellations.

    I’m sure given enough time, he’ll develop a far larger repertoire of public PR euphemisms.

    In the meantime though, don’t play Fan Excuse Bingo with the man ;)

  • Maurice

    @ The End

    Yeah I think the network is more of a problem than the show itself. 78,000 viewers on MuchMusic is pretty decent compared to the 500k on The CW. I think if you put LA Complex on a decent cable network where it fits like ABC Family or MTV it would be doing very well.

    I’m not sure if LA Complex will ever reach its potential being on that network but maybe if the shows around it start to perform better it will grow with them.

  • Ultima

    NBC are some lucky bastards. They got the superbowl, 16 Sunday night football games and the Olympics. Without these events I’m sure they would be battling The CW for last place

    Lucky? They spent nearly $2 billion for the broadcast rights for those events.

    Also, your ridiculous comparison of NBC’s ratings to the CW’s is like holding a big neon sign that says “I have no clue what I’m talking about, please mock my ignorance.” Just a heads up, because I’m feeling nice…

  • Ultima

    What Show will air after the Super Bowl this year ? I Hope it’ll be ‘NCIS’ or ‘CSI’ both deserve it.

    The Super Bowl lead-out is usually a new show (first or second season) that you want massive exposure for or an established ratings success that you can use to just score some ad revenue. Neither NCIS or CSI fit into that category.

    They’ll probably go with a sitcom because they’re the hottest thing right now and because they have the AFC Championship to promo one of their new dramas.

    I think it will be The Big Bang Theory, because 2 Broke Girls and the rest of the Monday line-up will get a boost from airing the following night anyways.

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