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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  • solo

    L.A Complex is one of the best shows on t.v!

  • K

    Good old predictable Olympics. Did not even have to watch women’s beach volleyball to see which US women’s team won

  • Joseph

    Without leaking anything, tonight (August 8th) could be a very high-rated night for NBC.

  • K


    Leak what? lol. Spoilers are on the Internet, Foxsports as an example, plus women’s beach volleyball, no surprise there at all.

  • thesnowleopard

    I don’t see that helping. Airing the show on Thursdays last season just seemed to confuse viewers.

  • Ultima

    I don’t see that helping. Airing the show on Thursdays last season just seemed to confuse viewers.

    When they did that, it was with relatively short notice and the Thursday and Friday night episodes were different.

    In this case, both the Monday 10p and Friday 9p episodes are the same one.

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