TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Hotel Hell' and 'NY Med' Grow, 'America's Got Talent' Even, & 'MasterChef' Down

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August 15th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.2/7 1.3/4 1.1/3 0.8/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/6 2.0/7 1.4/5 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.879 5.394 3.263 6.467 2.891 0.647


NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49 and in total viewers, led by the return of  America's Got Talent, which earned a 2.7 18-49 rating, even with its last original three weeks ago.

On FOX, the second episode of Hotel Hell earned a 2.1 rating, up two tenths from Monday's 1.9 premiere rating. MasterChef returned from its Olympics hiatus, to earn a 2.4 18-49 rating, down a tenth from its last original three weeks ago.

On ABC, NY Med garnered a 1.0 18-49 rating, up three tenths from last week's 0.7 adults 18-49.

On the CW, The LA Complex was even with last week's 0.2.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, August 14, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC America's Got Talent -Live (9-10PM) 2.7 8 9.822
FOX Hotel Hell 2.1 7 5.087
CBS NCIS -R 1.1 4 7.164
ABC The Middle -R 0.8 3 3.236
CW Hart of Dixie -R 0.3 1 0.768
8:30PM ABC Last Man Standing 0.8 2 2.735
9:00PM FOX MasterChef 2.4 7 5.701
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 1.1 3 6.340
ABC Happy Ending -R 0.6 2 1.849
CW The LA Complex 0.2 1 0.527
9:30PM ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt 23 -R 0.6 2 1.673
10:00PM NBC Stars Earn Stripes -R 1.4 4 3.991
CBS The Mentalist -R 1.1 3 5.897
ABC NY Med 1.0 3 4.195


Via Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.2/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/6; 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,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/2 with an encore).

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

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  • Dennis

    AGT would have been a better lead in for Grimm then starts earn strips last night

  • John A

    ABC Comedys pathetic repeat.

  • Shim

    I’d love to know why all of a sudden The Middle can’t break a 1.0 but Raising Hope all of a sudden reruns as well

  • MJDB

    The “talent” on America’s Got Talent was horrible last night for the most part

  • RJ

    Nice FOX!

  • Shim

    Before people lament ABC 9p comedies They got a .6 out of a .8. Imagine when they have 14 million as a lead. For perspective The Office is rerunning at a .6 this summer. Especially for Apt 23 that’s only aired 7 eps, against two big reality hits, that’s nOt awful

  • Mon

    SPOILERish: Masterchef had the BEST elimination last night. The big joke is out! Yes!

  • Juan

    Well I don’t think those are horrible repeat numbers for happy endings and apartment 23, they never repeat comedies there and it’s the first time those get repeated there

  • Jeremy

    Sometimes I wonder if the la complex would have better numbers if it came on at 7 instead of 8.

  • John A

    That is awful for HE. In fairness to Apt 23 it only aired 7 eps last season.

  • iggy.

    I’d love to know why all of a sudden The Middle can’t break a 1.0 but Raising Hope all of a sudden reruns as well

    Check the finals for Hope. It got 0.7 and 0.8 last Thursday.

  • Christian

    Those were two very good episodes of HE and Apt. 23 to rerun. I got a couple of friends to tune in and they liked what they saw. Was this just a one-off thing or will ABC rerun them a few more times? I know networks want to compete in the summer but I miss when they used to rerun their shows so that people who couldn’t watch in the regular season could catch up. I managed to get into a lot of shows because of the summer reruns. And it’s not like these cheap reality shows are setting the world on fire with huge numbers.

  • Dennis

    Happy Endings repeat is fine, it was up against America’s got Talent and Masterchef

  • Shim

    Yes Iggy that’s what I Mean. All of a sudden RH reruns as well as The Middle? A show that got 10 million last fall. Granted these are 3rd runs of The Middle, but outside of MF, no conedies are breaking a 1 last few months but FOX repeating above avg

  • Tyler

    Wow, this has gotten so bad during the summer that we’re pouring over repeat numbers to pick apart.

  • Bills

    FOX has officially become the Gordon Ramsey Cooking Network. Ridiculous how far that network fallen.

  • SJ

    @John A

    In fairness to Happy Endings, it’s been off the air for 4.5 months.

    Don’t get me wrong, those ratings are horrible, but they’re in line with what New Girl and The Office get on a repeat and we know those will at least be somewhere around the 2.3-2.5 mark in the fall, so I’m not too worried.

    I knew that Hotel Hell would grow! OK results for MasterChef, horrible for NY Med.

  • Charlie Sheen

    NBC’s post-Olympic numbers have been disappointing so far as its really not looking good for them in the Fall if their summer series which were heavily promoted didn’t get huge sampling. I still have high hopes for Revolution and maybe Chicago Fire at least does decently against Nashville and CSI. Guys with Kids is a major wild card because that show can go the Whitney route or the Chelsea route. Hopefully for NBC its the Whitney route.

    It’s weird for LA Complex because their numbers were so much more better for the repeat on Thursdays so now I’m starting to wonder if its in a really bad timeslot. The same thing happened in the spring where its repeat numbers were far better on Wednesdays.

    ABC’s 9pm hour on Tuesdays is in trouble, TGIF will be moving from Fridays to Tuesdays.

  • tv_viewer

    Some people complain about spoilers on this website. Recently Rookie Blue had a death of a recurring character and someone actually said it was a while since someone spoiled on this website. Actually the last new Masterchef before the London Olympics had someone complaining about the overweight contestant not being eliminated. There are spoilers on this website on a regular basis. Mon’s comment just proved that spoilers do get posted frequently.

    I wouldn’t worry about a repeat episode of The Middle getting an overnight rating of 0.8 on a night different than its usual day (Wednesday). Fans of Happy Endings and Apt 23 do have to worry because Dancing with The Stars skew old while the Tuesday ABC 9 pm comedies skew young. DWTS won’t help the Tuesday ABC comedies much.

  • Charlie Sheen

    @ Leslie: Wendy and Leslie I hope LA Complex gets adjusted up and I’ve missed the show the last two weeks b/c of the Olympics and its still really good right now.

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