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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  • SJ


    Happy Endings repeats routinely rated lower than both the shows it was sandwiched between – Modern Family and a special edition of Primetime last summer. Yet it did really well in the regular season, always rating a few tenths of a ratings point higher than Revenge.

    I guess time will tell. I don’t expect the shows to come back to blockbuster numbers, but I don’t think mid-2s are too much to expect, provided ABC actually puts some promotion into them.

  • Michael

    CW’s summer ratings have been tragic!!!! We’ll see if “The Next” the singing reality competition show is a hit, they seriously need one this summer!

    Chef Ramsey is unstoppable!!! He has 4 hit shows on Fox, he needs his own network. MasterChef was awesome last night!

  • The End


    Are they good for the Canadian network its on?

    I mean, entirely at random, I’ll name an example from Showcase, i.e Continuum.

    >670,000 viewers

    From Episode 2 no less. Surely no network would call under 100,000 in Canada good?

  • The End


    The CW will, without a doubt air the entire season.

  • Roger

    @dynthema, yes, even if the numbers are 1 third of the leading (PLL) on MuchMusic who make like 180 000 each week.

    Because a lot of canadian home can watch LAC on CW too on cable/dish, while Much is the only channel airing PLL here.

  • Eric Sanders

    Ratings for this season of AGT sure aren’t what they were in prior years. Whoever thought hired Howard Stern as a judge to make the show more popular made a very bad decision. AGT is not the typical fare for Stern’s traditional fan base and he’s lost many of those people anyway due to his limited radio schedule and unappreciative attitude toward fans.

    Of course, Stern only takes credit for positive results, and this year’s poor AGT ratings will blamed on (1) the show running its course after a number of years, (2) having to compete against real shows early in the season, and/or (3) the “slow build” getting off course due to the Olympics.

  • Networkman

    What I will say is that Happy Endings may have a challenge on its hand with New Girl. Some people liked what they saw with Go On. And with it airing after The Voice it could do decently for an NBC comedy. But I feel @9:30pm Don’t Trust the B… in Apt 23 is the best option available amongst the three single cams. The New Normal looks horrible and Mindy in The Mindy Project does not seem that appealing.

  • Tony JJ

    Happy Endings/Apt. 23 did good for their first repeat airings in that time slot. and this in no way shows how they will do in the fall. and if you think LMS/Malibu Country will takeover Tuesdays at 9 you are delusional. Especially if you think they will be moved before their premiere dates. HE/A23 premiere late October which I think is a smart idea. Go On/The New Normal will lose their ratings they got for their premiere and will be in the mid 1s. New Girl/Mindy Project will having smaller ratings than they had for their premieres and the baseball playoffs will definitely hurt their ratings much like last year. So ABC did a very smart thing in waiting to premiere the comedies because I’m sure New Girl/Mindy/Go On/New Normal will all premiere decently/very well, but will all drop dramatically by the time HE/A23 premieres.

  • Mike

    Mindy/Go On/New Normal, one of them could be off the air by mid October, if they don’t do well ratings wise, I think its too soon to tell how HE will do in October, I think we need to wait and see how well their competition does first.

  • Tony JJ

    @Nico, No HE is not in CW territory, CW shows can rarely hit a .6 in new episodes let alone hit a .6 repeats during the summer.

  • deee


    Where did you get these numbers? I read from Twitter that the season 2 premiere on Muchmusic garnered 88,000 viewers.


  • Ricky

    Glad to see Hotel Hell up a bit…hope it stays steady!

    And kudos to NBC for finally starting to give Revolution a healthy level of promotion – three banner ads during the first half of AGT alone! RVN needs all the help it can get to become a true network-saving smahs hit…


  • The End


    Wow, angry much. I’m not Canadian, and have no idea how the system works there.

  • nikki

    Where are the numbers for pretty little liars and white collar??

  • JJ

    The Canadian numbers for LAC look pretty healthy and The CW will keep renewing as long as MuchMusic continues to do so. PLL is the only show on MuchMusic that’s getting over 100,000 viewers.

    I’ve never seen LAC before personally but I keep hearing good things about it so maybe I’ll start getting into it.

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

    @ The End

    If you’re not Canadian then why would you judge the numbers without any prior knowledge on how the Canadian system works? It’s much different than the U.S. numbers are a lot smaller because its a much smaller country in comparison to the states.

    I swear some people just get on here just to talk smack and troll because they have nothing else to do.

  • KarenM

    So far, Hotel Hell not near as good as Hell’s Kitchen. Kind of boring…

  • The End

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

    Wow, hugely off the mark there. I’m not a troll and have never trolled here at all. I simply asked a question, of which someone reacted in a rather hostile manner in response.

    You must be new here.

  • KarenM

    Watched Star Earn Stripes. What a joke! Dean Cain saying I could’ve died. LMAO. Why does Wesley Clark need all those monitors? Poor, NBC. They’re trying now that The Olympics are over and they’ve got nothing left.

  • Ultima

    @a p garcia
    Sad to say NBC has caved

    NBC caved by, er, not pulling Stars Earn Stripes?

    Are you from some alternate reality?

    I thought the guy (Joseph) who said that Univision was going to win most nights in 18-34 & 18-49 for the rest of the summer was clueless, but you bring it to a completely different level…

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