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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  • panda22

    @ GetMilk….yeah, but what happens when PLL ends on MuchMusic next week?…i foresee a total collapse!

  • Ultima

    . 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.

    They’re repeating each episode exactly once over the course of the summer. That seems excessive to you?

  • Julie

    Looks like the CW and MuchMusic had a reciprocal agreement of some type, as I saw MuchMusic listings for ‘Oh Sit!’ on my onscreen programming guide over the weekend.
    Now, I don’t watch LA Complex, but it seems to me that the CW actually got the better end of the stick on that deal!

    (Or actually, perhaps MM did – since the CW has already paid them for 2 seasons of LAC and maybe more, whereas I really can’t see Oh Sit! lasting even that long.)

  • Doug

    I can see the CW picking up LAC for next summer again, given that they’re likely paying a nominal fee for it. It’s never going to be a hit, but it doesn’t really perform any worse than anything else the CW airs in the summer. So I wouldn’t count it out just yet.

    Good for Happy Endings – right on par with the Wednesday sitcoms minus MF. Hopefully it’ll open in the low to mid 2s. I have a feeling that ABC might be more patient with Apt 23, given that they already have 19 episodes of it for next season (6 left, plus 13), and they really want the Tuesday comedy block to work. I would expect more sitcoms from 8-9pm once DWTS is done in December.

  • Doug

    Just to add about LAC: it’s ratings look bad, but they’re no worse, comparatively, than ABC’s summer versus regular season slate, or Fox’s, or CBS’s or even NBC’s. It’s just that the bar is so utterly low for the CW right now.

  • Nick

    ABC already has two family sitcoms planned for the Tue 8-9 pm slot this January: How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), and The Family Tools.

  • Getmilk

    panda22: LAC is moving to Mondays starting next week anyway. I have a feeling the numbers may dip a bit but maybe I’ll be wrong?

    Julie: Oh Sit AND The Next, both of which are shows from The CW, are airing on Muchmusic right now.

    So far Oh Sit opened with pretty good numbers. Its premiere got 0.5 with over a million viewers but it dropped to 0.3 for the second episode. I’m interested in knowing how it’ll do going forward…

  • RG-X

    AGT was LAME – watched it for the first time this year and the viewers picked the worst of the worst acts to return – I think people want this show to go away.

  • RG-X

    NBC – Anilmal practice was agonizing – and I only watch 2 minutes –

    also The NEW NORMAL – will FAIL! LAME –

    Come on NBC – you USED to be Great – what happened????- Did you hire CW employees??????????????

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