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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  • JD

    Thank God for LA Complex…I’d love for it to get adjusted to a 0.3 but who knows. Maybe if they put a decent lead-in ahead of it it could pull some better numbers. But really, do they even have anything else decent to air? They’re premiering a f*cking MUSICAL CHAIRS show tonight.

  • HoardOats

    Looks like paying 15million for a has been and moving the Show across country really paid off for NBC

  • Charlie Sheen

    @ tv_viewer: I’m coming back to Rookie Blue this week as the Olympics kept me away from the regular programs I’ve been watching this summer and I wonder who got killed. I know they had a huge two part episode that I’m still upset that I missed out on.

    I would actually say that The Middle and LMS have been doing decently all summer in that Tuesday timeslot. It’s the 9pm timeslot that’s in real deep trouble. Happy Endings and Apt. 23 might be in last place in that single-cam race this fall. Like I just said before TGIF’s LMS and Reba will be moving from Fridays to Tuesdays sooner rather than later.

  • Vince

    I definitely think that LA Complex would be doing really well for the quality that it brings if it wasn’t on The CW. That goes for other shows like Nikita and Supernatural too.

    I swear LA Complex is like the top show on TV that gets ratings it doesn’t deserve.

  • Austin Lauran

    If NCIS, The Big Bang Theory, and Two and a Half Men moved to Friday nights or even Saturday nights in January 2013, what kind of ratings would those shows get? Would they get the same ratings they usually get during the TV season or would the ratings drop?

  • SJ

    @Charlie Sheen

    Nothing ever gets moved from Fridays. If it starts airing there, it will keep airing there. And since LMS and Reba are starting two weeks after Happy Endings/Apartment 23, there would be no time for the network to suddenly start advertising the shows with the new time slot. Besides, I don’t think NBC’s comedies are going to be much of a factor. By the time Happy Endings and Apartment 23 roll out, Go On and New Normal will already be hovering around a 1.4-1.6 rating.

    Also, as people keep pointing out year after year, summer repeats have never been nor will they ever be, indicative of Fall ratings.

  • Dana

    such a strange moment when nbc is on top! haha

  • Bills

    @ jojo

    That’s not a lie either I just saw the number last Thursday for LAC on a few of those sites and LAC was constantly near the top. I think it really is the network that’s holding that show back from doing better in the ratings.

  • Tyler


    No, but people will do it anyway because we have nothing better to do.

  • Bills

    @ SJ

    You don’t know if it won’t or not, I highly doubt just because of the time all of those are premiering that they’ll be moved right away but a mid-season move is a possibility.

    Summer repeats more times than not will give you a few clues on how a show will do during the fall that’s why people take a lot of stock into them. If they really didn’t matter than the networks wouldn’t go out of their way to prepare the audiences in those timeslots or months before they premiere.

    @ Austin Lauran

    I think they’d do well on Fridays and Saturdays, the only problem they would have is a decrease in the demo but they would do super well especially NCIS which already does good numbers on the weekends on USA and it skews to that kind of audience too.

  • Roger

    more TV people start talking of L.A. Complex : EW PopWatch made a great rewiew yesterday and Dan Harmon said he love the show on twitter last week.

  • Oliver

    Surprisingly respectable repeat numbers for Stars Earn Stripes. It looked like the premiere had bombed but perhaps not. The strong lead-in must have helped.

    Not so great for Happy Endings/Apt 23. That said, I suspect they skew very young and young skewing shows tend to repeat badly, it’s a timeslot premiere after being off the air for months, and there’s some reasonably tough original competition.

    Even so, I’ve been thinking for a while HE/Apt23 would struggle next season. I suspect HE will eventually be renewed so Sony can get it to syndication numbers (even if it means it moving to cable) but I think Apt 23 is a goner.

  • Chad beat the s*** out of his wife

    LA Complex has a chance to breakout if more people discover it. I haven’t seen a show this original in a long time. My problem with the show is the network its on.

  • Tyler


    Summer repeats haven’t really given any “clues” to a show’s successes in the fall beyond what we already know/don’t know. That’s why we don’t really bother to pour over them. Some shows inherently repeat better than others — The Middle is an example of this. Some shows repeat comparatively poorly. It’s not worth anyone’s time to pour over summer repeat ratings.

  • Bills

    @ Sylar

    You’re right and I also believe its because people actually don’t have access to The CW. Even though CW is a broadcaster a lot of markets don’t have the channel available. I think I read somewhere that ABC Family gets into more homes than The CW.

    @ Tyler

    It goes both ways, you can either argue over it or you don’t its as simple as that.

  • Peter

    If you like a show then watch it no matter what network it is on…

  • a p garcia

    I watched SES because sevral people who have won the nobel peace prise want it off the air as if it this prise is reserved for trully peacefull people. Through the years the nobel peaceprize has been shown to be full of politics, who lobbies the hardest execpt peaceful people. Sad to say NBC has caved. On another note AGT had a lot talent that needed to go back to the drawing board.

  • rob60990

    So how many weeks has AGT lead-in been wasted on reruns? Pathetic.

    Nothing except TBBT has been repeating well this summer so I’m not going to comment on ABC comedy reruns. Commenting on rerun ratings are just boring.

  • Kissan

    Good demo for Apt. 23 even though it was against a lot of good cable shows and repeats. Let me ask ya’ll a question, do u think Apt. 23 is gonna do better against all the weak competition(except for NCIS:LA) in the fall since there premiering in late October and everything else is premiering in late September?

  • DTV

    The LA Complex was great last night. Love the show. However I am a litte concerned. At the end of the show they did not show a preview of next week. The CW said they were dedicated to the full second season. I don’t know now.

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