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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  • LMG

    @The End

    I didn’t see any anger in dynthema’s response. I also didn’t see any anger in your responses either, so Chad’s response seems a little off. *shug*

    There is a TV network in Canada that gets like less than 10,000 viewers and it is still alive.

    In canada, we have in play here a requirement for every channel to air a certain % of Canadian content. While that will never guarantee a renewal for any show, LAC is not one of MuchMusic’s worse preformers, so it has a better chance of survival.

    If enough other countries order a new season it will certainly get renewed as I can only assume from these past few years that Bell Media’s “master plan” is to expand on making quality television that can be sold abroad. Critics are loving this show, which can only be good for selling future shows.(Bell Media owns MUCH as well as dozens of other stations in which MUCh is like the bottom of the barrel channel which they aren’t too concerned about rastings-wise in the big picture.)

    @JJ Please do. It is not what you may think.

  • The End


    Thanks for a reasonable response to my question/comment. If anything I’m guilty of being ignorant of how things work in Canada for some networks if anything. Not a bad thing though.

    Still, a network surviving on under 10,000 viewers? Incredible, just oozes lack of ambition though, if I had authority at such a network I would be aiming bigger.

  • Julie

    @SJ: “Nothing ever gets moved from Fridays.” – Umm yes, Supernatural did.

    @The End: lol, trust me any of the stations here getting under 10,000 viewers really aren’t surviving. They’re just still alive because they are mashed into ownership and packaging deals with the cable companies, and the CRTC’s (Cdn Radio & Television Commission) often outdated and sometimes head-scratching requirements on what we must be forced to subscribe to. But that doesn’t mean we have to watch them! ;)

  • LMG

    @The End No worries. No one should expect anyone to be aware of how Canadian ratings work. Heck, most Canadians don’t either, especially when ratings have less impact and aren’t the be-end-end-all like in the USA.

    But yeah, that one station is SUNTV aka FOX NEWS NORTH. They are determined to keep it around because of it is to battle the “Liberal media” (:eyeroll)

  • SJ


    On the big four. Thanks for twisting my words.

  • Julie

    @SJ – sorry you took that the wrong way. I twisted nothing. I quoted, and you hadn’t specified “the big four”, so your comment after your clarification wasn’t necessary.

    Happy Thursday!

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