TV Ratings Tuesday: 'MasterChef' Down But Wins Night, 'Hell's Kitchen' Falls, 'America's Got Talent' Ties Tuesday Low, & DNC Coverage

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September 5th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/7 1.9/5 1.5/4 0.9/3 0.7/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/7 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.5/2 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.267 7.509 3.644 5.762 2.687 0.644


Note:  Due to the live nature of the Democratic 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, while NBC won with total viewers.

On FOX,  Hell's Kitchen scored a 2.5, down 14% from last week's season high.  MasterChef  garnered a 2.7 among adults 18-49, down 14% from last week's season-high 2.8.

On NBC, America's Got Talent earned a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 8% from last week's 2.5 and tying its Tuesday low.

Coverage of the Democratic National Convention earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating on NBC, a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating on ABC, and a 0.6 on CBS . However, these numbers are approximate and subject to more than typical adjustment.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, September 4 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.5/8 6.05
NBC America's Got Talent (8-10PM) 2.3/6 8.60
CBS NCIS - R 1.2/4 7.87
ABC The Middle - R 0.9/3 3.73
CW Hart of Dixie - R 0.3/1 0.79
8:30 ABC Last Man Standing - R 0.8/2 2.95
9:00 FOX MasterChef 2.7/7 6.48
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles- R 1.0/3 6.19
ABC Happy Endings - R 0.8/2 2.35
CW The Next - R 0.2/0 0.47
9:30 ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 - R 0.6/2 1.92
10:00 NBC Democratic National Convention - Live 1.3/4 5.33
ABC Democratic National Convention - Live 0.7/2 2.59
CBS Democratic National Convention - Live 0.6/2 3.22




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," 2.4/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.5/4; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.4/6; 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,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; "Nightline," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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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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  • GARebelman

    Masterchef beating Hell’s Kitchen this week. I hope both go way up for the finales on Monday despite being up against the Voice premiere.

    For a change, this year I am SATISFIED with who is in each shows finales. Pretty good seasons this year with less drama.

  • RJ

    Hells Kitchen was a snoozefest last night (and always is before the finale).

  • K

    @RJ How so? It’s nice that Chef Ramsey, allows the final 2 chefs, some “downtime” before the final and deciding dinner service.

  • Eli the Elite


  • SMP Belltown

    So, in this early report… the Dem convention seems to be getting almost the same ratings and network breakdown as the Rep convention last week. Interesting.

  • xRockStarz

    Just Off-Topic, but do you really think CW has still a chance to get better ratings? I mean the contract with the CW-affiliates ends 2016 and Mark Pedowitz needs to get more hits till then?! I hope that Mark will make it, but realistically, is that possible?! I hope it, because I have 3 of my favourite-Shows on CW and I dont want the network to close…. Which rating-average needs CW to go on? 1,5? 1,0?

    Sry 4 my englisch, i live in europe. :D

  • PHIL

    What is Hart of Dixie ratings?

  • TimsDale4ever

    Dang, HOD must have been so bad it didn’t even register. lmao (I’m sure it’s just an oversight)

  • Martin

    Yeah, where is Hart Of Dixie?? – I think that it will go up in Season 2.

  • cc

    I’d like to see CW be a competitor, I hope they figure out how.

    Agree about HoD, were the ratings so low they didn’t register?

  • Michael

    I’m probably in the minority, but I feel like this season of “Master Chef” is much more enjoyable & entertaining than “Hell’s Kitchen.”

  • a p garcia

    I didn’t watch the DNC because it was GODless, and loaded with double talk

  • Jen

    According to Futon Critic:

    encores of “Hart of Dixie” (0.82 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and “The Next” (0.47 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (0.64 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the evening. In the netlet’s target demo (women 18-34), “Dixie” delivered a 0.5 rating while “The Next” posted a 0.2 rating.

  • Dee

    a p garcia…so what. I hope while you weren’t watching you were looking for whatever brain cells you have left.

  • Ultima


    So what do people think for tonight’s game: over/under 12.0 rating and 30 million viewers?



  • Ultima

    @Jerry Werbert

    How about first turning off caps lock; it’s hard to make a point when everyone’s first thought is that you’re a moron.

    Then, pick up an intro to economics book and check out the chapter on supply and demand. It’s probably chapter one.

  • SMP Belltown

    Isn’t Bill Clinton’s speech at the Dem convention tonight? It will be interesting to see if the football ratings drop a little bit during that prime time hour.

    But I guess the game might even be done by then. Maybe.

  • Dave

    “But I guess the game might even be done by then. Maybe.”

    Not a chance. Kick off is after 8:30p. Typical game lasts around 3+ hours.

  • Jeff R

    @Michael, I think Masterchef is ten times better than Hell’s Kitchen. In fact, Masterchef is currently my favorite reality show.

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