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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Ultima

    @Jerry Werbert
    Les Moonves who is trying to get the media to make the change

    I am shocked, shocked, to learn that a network executive is trying to get advertisers to pay more money for time on his network!


    You probably believe the numbers published for the talent shows. Any advertiser who pays the asking price when viewers can vote ten times needs a new media agency.

    You all have a good day. This was my first experience with you people. No jobs will be created by the convention or the football game si I say watch the game and enjoy yourself. Lets go GIANTS.

  • Ultima

    @Jerry Werbert
    You probably believe the numbers published for the talent shows. Any advertiser who pays the asking price when viewers can vote ten times needs a new media agency.

    You all have a good day. This was my first experience with you people. No jobs will be created by the convention or the football game

    Wait. What?

    On second thought, go back to using caps lock; people will be better off by not reading your nonsensical drivel.


    Ultima, without a doubt you are the Ultimate nothing on this blog.

  • Derrick

    ” Ultra -You would have thought they wanted Biden speaking tonight so that when he inevitably says something really, really stupid, no one is watching.

    Anyways, two possible reasons. One – Obama doesn’t want to be upstaged by Clinton on his big night at Bank of America Stadium (er, “Panthers Stadium” (er, a small indoor arena because they couldn’t fill a football stadium)); Two – they might be worried that Clinton will go off script and start talking about Romney’s “sterling business record” or torpedo Obama in some other way, and they don’t want anyone to see it. ”

    I dont understand the republican hate for Dems

    ” couldn’t fill a football Stadium” There were 30,000 people in Time Warner arena just to hear Michele speak last night. Even if you didnt think he could fill it, I doubt less people would have shown up for Him than Michelle. He was going to be speaking in front of 45,000+(at the least) which is still about 3 times as many that came to see mitt romney.

    Also, Joe Biden gaffs usually include him says he is in the wrong state or things like that, But he never says “stupid” things.

    He said the president believed in gay marriage earlier than when the president wanted to announce it . That isnt a stupid remark, it just is bad timing.

    He said when the republican party releases the chains on wall street that would chain the american people which republicans took to mean black people since that was the majority of the crowd, and they called it race baiting. In reality it wasnt. Also, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich all made comments about the african american community specifically and used the word shackles to describe them. I guess shackles to them is some how not racist, but chains are.

    Also, having a good business record has nothing to do with how you would govern. Mitt romney put profits over people and made millions. You cant do that when you are president.

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