TV Ratings Tuesday: 'MasterChef' Earns Season High, 'America's Got Talent' Dips + RNC Coverage

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August 29th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.1/6 2.0/6 1.4/3 1.0/3 0.6/2 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.4/5 1.3/4 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.006 8.152 3.396 6.228 2.535 0.650


Note:  Due to the live nature of the Republican National Convention coverage (airing before primetime in parts of the country on NBC, ABC and CBS), these time-period based Fast Affiliate Ratings are subject to more than the typical adjustments.

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49, but NBC won with total viewers.

On NBC, America's Got Talent earned a 2.4, down a tenth from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX,  MasterChef  scored a season high 2.8 rating, up from last week's 2.4  adults 18-49 rating.


Coverage of the Republican National Convention earned a 1.3 rating on NBC, a 0.6 on CBS and a 0.5 18-49 rating on ABC. However, these numbers are approximate and subject to more than typical adjustment.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, August 28, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC America's Got Talent -Live (8-10PM) 2.4 7 9.534
FOX MasterChef -R 1.5 5 3.507
CBS NCIS -R 1.2 4 8.190
ABC The Middle -R 0.8 3 3.428
CW Hart of Dixie -R 0.2 1 0.735
8:30PM ABC Last Man Standing -R 0.8 2 3.048
9:00PM FOX MasterChef 2.8 8 6.504
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 1.1 3 7.173
ABC Happy Ending -R 0.7 2 2.209
CW The Next -R 0.2 0 0.566
9:30PM ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt 23 -R 0.5 1 1.841
10:00PM NBC Republican National Convention 1.3 4 5.387
CBS Republican National Convention 0.6 2 3.322
ABC Republican National Convention 0.5 2 2.341

Via Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night (New Orleans is excluded and all start times were delayed due to overrun convention coverage):

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.1/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.5/4; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.0/3 with an encore. 
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2; "Nightline," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.8/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.1/1 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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Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • RH Golem

    Anything else, Robin?

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Well at least NBC beats CBS and ABC at SOMETHING, even if it is just a lame political convention. I guess people prefer NBC’s news over CBS’s and ABC’s.

  • Dennis

    Was that a new LA Complex?

  • Obveeus

    CW’s 9pm show was a repeat of THE NEXT, not an episode of THE L.A. COMPLEX.

    Those GOP convention numbers look pretty dismal. Was everyone interested watching the cable news channels instead?

  • Obveeus

    NBC had higher Convention ratings because NBC had the higher lead-in.

  • SG

    RNC = double talk, nothing really said.

  • Anthony

    The LA Complex wasn’t on yesterday. It’s not on Tuesday’s it’s on Monday’s now

  • Spencer

    Fox and NBC were both preempted in Baton Rouge in favor of hurricane coverage. I was really looking forward to watching Masterchef.

  • Jeff R

    Well deserved for MasterChef! Great to see it break out this year!

  • Pete Carroll

    Anybody watch the Pretty Little Liars finale? It was so damn good I watched it twice. It was intense too it was a bit like a fast paced horror movie. What a cliffhanger too?

  • PHIL

    PLL was boring

  • rashi

    Loved the PLL finale that was their best episode to date. Like you said what an ending. I can’t wait to see its numbers later today. People were still talking about it hours after it had gone off.

  • Ultima

    Those GOP convention numbers look pretty dismal. Was everyone interested watching the cable news channels instead?

    Hopefully anyone who was actually interested in the convention watched on Fox News or C-Span.

    MSNBC’s coverage was disgusting; they refused to air any of the minority speakers. I guess if you have a narrative to push…

  • Tony JJ

    Pretty Little Liars was amazing last night. I can’t wait to see the numbers. If you thought last nights episode was boring, you must get your brain checked. That was one INTENSE hour of television with a cliffhanger that I don’t think any one saw coming!

  • Dennis

    PLL was rubbish to be honest.
    Another show past its sell by date

  • Dennis

    @Tony JJ

    TV for 15 y.o girls

  • robin

    Why is everyone going on about PPL i tried watching the first couple episodes and it was boring and nothing happens but dumb teen drama not even scary and its suppose to be a thriller

  • rick

    Wonder how PBS did. They had the only over-the-air full prime time convention coverage.

  • Skipp

    @ robin

    You clearly need to watch last night’s episode, maybe you’ll have a different opinion of it because that episode was amazing.

    If you still don’t like it maybe its just not for you.

  • Jared

    Hart of Dixie repeats so well for the CW..cant wait for season 2.

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