TV Ratings Tuesday: Olympics Up Versus 2008, 'NY Med' Rises, 'L.A. Complex' Hits Series Low

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August 8th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 9.3/27 1.4/4 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.7/2 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 7.1/24 1.4/5 0.9/3 0.4/1 0.6/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 29.578 3.657 2.376 5.461 2.539 0.533


NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49 and in total viewers.

On NBC,  night eleven of the XXX Olympic Games  earned a 9.3 adults 18-49 rating from 8PM-11PM., up 11% from a 8.4 fast national for night 11 of the Beijing Olympics, but down 24% from last Tuesday's  fast national of 9.3.

On ABC, NY Med garnered a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating up 17% from last week's series low 0.6 .

On the CW, The LA Complex scored a series low 0.1 among adults 18-49, down 50%  from last week's 0.2..


Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, August 7, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC XXX Summer Olympics (8-11PM) 9.3/27 29.58
CBS NCIS - R 1.0/3 6.72
FOX MasterChef - R 0.9/3 2.31
ABC The Middle - R 0.7/2 2.62
CW Hart of Dixie - R 0.2/1 0.66
8:30 ABC Last Man Standing - R 0.6/2 2.15
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles- R 0.9/2 5.34
FOX MasterChef - R 0.9/3 2.44
ABC Wipeout - R 0.9/2 2.42
CW The L.A. Complex 0.1/0 0.41
10:00 CBS Person of Interest - R 0.8/2 4.33
ABC NY Med 0.7/2 2.62


NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • George

    Congratulations LA Complex! You did it! ;)

  • Aerilyn

    It doesn’t matter what LA Complex hits, because Mark Pedowitz has already said that they plan on airing all of the show’s episode till it ends. So as long as Canada keeps renewing it, CW is going to keep showing it during the summer to show they at least have “some” new scripted shows to air during the summer time.

  • GARebelman

    Come on LA complex go for that coveted 0.0/0 share in the finals! :)

    Anybody have predictions for Stars Earn Stripes and Grimm next week Monday on NBC??

  • Dennis

    Katie Taylor done Ireland proud today :)

  • Dennis

    Around 8 million for Grimm.
    The finale got 5.10 million viewers on a Friday 2 months ago so I think with it being on a monday and all the promotion during the olympics it will get a big boost.
    Definitly a series high in the demo aswell

  • rob60990

    I can’t wait for the Olympics to be over.

    Low 2s for Grimm and Stars Earn Stripes.

  • D

    Nobody watches The LA Complex. Goodbye quality broadcast series.

  • panda22

    Weird thing is, LAC gets equal and often more viewers in it’s encore repeat. It could possibly make history tonight and hit a 0.0 in the finals!

    LAC is never going to catch on, lets face facts….week after week people on here rave about the show, and rightly so….those who’ve watched know how good it is.

    But at this point it’ll never take off, will MuchMusic renew for a third?…even if they did The CW wouldn;t air episodes until mid season when they need to fill the schedule.

    I can’t fathom it’s back 13 renewal, i’m glad it happened but the numbers from both Canada and the US are….record breakingly low.
    Will it get a third season?…..god only knows!

  • Observer

    The LA Complex – Schadenfreude baby!

  • Survivor Fan

    I say 3.1 for SES and 2.9 for Grimm.

    Tonight, I think that we will see anywhere from a 4.5 to 8.5 for Go On (it will depend on the ratings of the Olympics).

  • Dennis

    @Survivor Fan
    I forgot Go On previewed tonight…
    I think it will get cancelled by midseason.

  • cc

    CBS reruns not doing too bad.

    *note to TBTN guys, too many ads here have been crashing my phone, and even the regular computer is taking longer to load.

  • Annonimous

    LA Complex is actually pretty good. In this season especially good was scene with closeted gay gangsta rap star and old catatonic men.

    And one more thing – i suspect that most characters are actually designed to be neurotics in constant flow of trouble. So far we got narcissistic women, self-defeating guy, insecure nerd guy, closeted gay rapper, etc. And in last episodes we even got incest between twin brother and sister.

  • panda22

    @ Annonimous….they were only playing twins on that 7th Heaven type show Abby was guest starring in, off screen they were not related.

  • Mon

    I thought putting Grimm on an early start was genius because I thought it would have the Olympics as its direct lead-in. Then I found out last week on my tv guide that it will premiere the night after the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Yikes. Though maybe, NBC thought they had nothing to lose so what the heck and give it a try. My expectations of course went down with it. My guess Grimm would get low2s then by the time it premieres on its regular Friday time slot, around mid 1s.

  • Junior

    Could that be the lowest-rated scripted network television original broadcast ever? 0.1 with 400k? Ouch. Watch The CW spin this as “Oh, that’s because many of our viewers watch online” BS!

  • Tommy

    I actually really like “The LA Complex” and I’m glad that the CW seems happy with it. As another poster has said Mark Pedowitz is happy with it and he sees the CW airing it as long as it keeps getting renewed in Canada. That the TCA he even came out and said that the series has a much much larger online viewership than “Ringer,” “Secret Circle” and “Hart of Dixie”.

    Considering it has to cost less than half the cheapest reality show they could dream up with the licensing fees and it gives them summer exposure (something they’ve NEVER had) I think it’s doing it’s job.

  • Annonimous

    @panda22 – thanks ! That make more sense now. I always laugh then people mix up things. Guess it can happen with me too.

  • hubert_wentland

    50% down from last original isn’t a common situation ;)

  • Samuel

    0.1, lol that’s ridiculous

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