TV Ratings Tuesday: 'America's Got Talent' Down, 'MasterChef', 'NY Med', 'The L.A. Complex' Flat

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August 22nd, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.0/6 1.8/6 1.3/4 1.1/3 0.8/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.6/6 1.4/5 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.858 4.660 3.367 7.148 3.003 0.735


NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49 and in total viewers.

On NBC, America's Got Talent earned a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 11% from last week's 2.8.

On FOX,  MasterChef  scored a 2.4  adults 18-49 rating, matching last week's performance.

On ABC, NY Med garnered a 1.0 among adults 18-49, even with last week.

On the CW, The LA Complex  earned a 0.2, flat with last week.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, August 21, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC America's Got Talent (8-10PM) 2.5/7 9.64
FOX MasterChef - R 1.3/4 3.42
CBS NCIS - R 1.2/4 8.05
ABC The Middle - R 0.8/3 3.25
CW Hart of Dixie - R 0.3/1 0.88
8:30 ABC Last Man Standing - R 0.8/3 2.92
9:00 FOX MasterChef 2.4/7 5.90
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles- R 1.1/3 7.11
ABC Happy Endings - R 0.8/2 2.12
CW The L.A. Complex 0.2/1 0.59
9:30 ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 -R 0.6/2 1.72
10:00 NBC Go On - R 1.4/4 4.85
CBS The Mentalist - R 1.1/3 6.28
ABC NY Med 1.0/3 4.01
10:30 NBC Animal Practice - R 1.0/3 3.74

Via Press Note:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/7; 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,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; "Nightline," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 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 ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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

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  • Jeff (Canada)

    The Go On repeat managed a 1.4 at 10pm. For NBC that’s pretty impressive. New episodes of the Thursday comesies in the springtime were getting that number.

  • Dennis

    Go On Repeated well

  • PHIL

    Don’t Trust the B should have an R next to it.

  • rob60990

    Stars Earn Stripes repeated well too last week yet last nights episode did worse than that rerun.

    Happy Endings repeated a little better. I expect Apartment 23 to be replaced by January.

  • Dennis

    @Nunes ya LAC is a beast…


  • Paul

    I think Go On is going to be a hit. People seemed to like the pilot.

  • rob60990

    I mean Monday’s episode of Stars Earn Stripes. My point is while the extra sampling is good, its no guarantee.

  • John A

    why are NBC wasting AGT on Repeats?

  • Jeff (Canada)

    @John A

    To get a better sampling for when those 2 new comedies premiere in their fall timeslots. They want to spread awareness of those new shows, and I actually think it’s good they were doing this last night. It’s not wasting, it’s long-term planning.

  • Dennis

    Go On will do well…

    Probably average around 6 million…

    Animal Practice will be the first to get cancelled

  • Alan

    Well, The LAC is stable with viewers and maybe it will get a 0.3 when it gets adjusted up. CW will renew it.

  • Ricky

    I actually tried Go On after AGT last night and I enjoyed it, more so than I thought I would because I’ve never liked Matthew Perry…my only worry is that the show might end up lapsing into repetitive storytelling and therefore get extremely boring after a while.

    As for Animal Practice, the only good thing about that one was the cute little monkey. Otherwise it was too frenetic to really be funny. I especially didn’t like the main character. His attitude reminded me too much of Dr. House. :(


  • Observer

    Stable bad is bad. #LAC

  • rick

    America may or may not have talent, but most Americans don’t care.

  • OMG

    Go On’s repeat number is very impressive, though it does have that good lead-in. I am quite neutral towards it. The pilot was good, but the subsequent episodes will really determine whether the storylines and basic concept has longevity.

    Seems like ABC’s rock bottom ratings on weekdays is around a 0.6. I am curious though, that they are repeating Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 so many times when it only had 7 episodes.

  • a p garcia

    Must have been Howard Stern’s MTV Jackass act.

  • Ricky

    @darla: Actually, given how SPN depicts God as something of an absentee father (Spielberg-style) and all the angels (and Lucifer) as power-grubbing brothers in an eternal feud…

    As for “any other deity,” they made the mistake of gathering in one place so Lucifer could finish them all off!

    Such poor planning.

  • a p garcia

    Go On didn’t impress me the 1st time it was on.

  • Attraction


    Animal Practice = FUTURE PROBLEM FOR NBC

  • Paige Rules! #betrAyal

    Didn’t like Go On the first time and didn’t like it the second time. I won’t be coming back.

    The Middle and LMS might be the only multi-cam and single-cam match that works well right now. ABC should make a bold move next season and move The Middle to Fridays with LMS and MC.

    Love me some LAC!

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