TV Ratings Monday: 'The Voice' Premieres Down, 'MasterChef' & Hell's Kitchen' Finales Dip + 'The New Normal'

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September 11th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.4/9 2.5/7 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.1/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.7/8 2.2/7 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 10.004 6.320 4.800 3.608 4.399 0.613


Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for CBS (US Open Overrun)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

Note: Both of last night’s Monday Night Football games were simulcast on the CBS affiliate in the teams’ local markets (Baltimore, Cincinnati, Oakland and San Diego). As a result, CBS numbers may be a bit inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.

NBC was #1 with adults 18-49 and total viewers

On NBC, the two-hour premiere  of  The Voice scored a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating, down -39% from last season's time period premiere on Monday 2/6/12 (6.7/17) and is its lowest-rated premiere. The premiere of The New Normal garnered a 2.5 18-49 rating. Your predictions were about right.

On FOX, the finale of Hell's Kitchen earned a 2.5, down a tenth from last week's 2.6 rating. The finale of MasterChef was also down a tenth, earning a 2.6 after last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating

On ABC, Bachelor Pad  earned a 1.3, down a tenth from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The LA Complex  matched  last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday September 10, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.1 11 12.035
FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.5 7 6.208
CBS US Open Overrun 1.7 5 5.444
ABC Bachelor Pad (8-10PM) 1.3 3  4.516
CW The LA Complex 0.3 1  0.679
9:00PM FOX MasterChef 2.6 6 6.433
CBS US Open Overrun/How I Met Your Mother -R 1.6 4 5.200
CW America's Next Top Model -R 0.2 1 0.548
9:30PM CBS How I Met your Mother-R/ CBS Fall Preview 1.3 3 4.381
10:00PM NBC The New Normal -P 2.5 6  6.912
CBS Fall Preview/2 Broke Girls -R 1.4 4  4.799
ABC Castle -R 0.8 2  4.165
10:30 PM NBC Go On -R 1.8 5  4.972
CBS 2 Broke Girls -R/Mike & Molly -R 1.0 3  3.531

Via NBC Press Note:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/4. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.7/3; 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" (0.9/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 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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  • jake

    The NBC shows premiered close to where I thought they would. The Voice won’t do much better because there’s already two or three singing competitions airing on TV every season. None of the reality singing competitions will ever do as good as American Idol once did.

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    and you will get what i am talking about. Today most hardliners are missing from poll topic. Very safe position. Its like TV BY THE NUMBERS to wait until April and than to say wich show will be cancel. Just don’t take any risk.

  • peter

    The Voice is not in trouble. How do you know cbs’ sitcoms are going to perform well? HIMYM is going to be the strongest of all the rest are gonna fail partners especially

  • bluejays

    Oh how I have missed the fall season battles. I only checked in to see how the Voice did and got intrigued by a whole new TVBTN’s spat. It seems that this year is all going to be about Xtina versus Britney! Brilliant.

    There’s rather a lot of stupidity on this thread. The Voice was hardly a dire flop last night. It wasn’t a huge hit either and once DWTS returns and the CBS comedies it will most prob be in the mid to low three’s. Not the sort of numbers it has done in its first few weeks on other runs.

    But that’s what you get for over exposing something.

    As for The Voice versus X-Factor. Can’t stand either as I hate karaoke shows but I expect the X-Factor to top Voice but not by much.

  • Tessa

    I think most people are tired of singing shows. I can see their stars dimming.

  • Spencer

    I think people need to stop watching all these crap singing shows and watch an actual show once in a while!

  • Colin

    I can not wait till X Factor! The Voice will loose to X Factor on Wed

  • The End

    A 4.1 for The Voice is still good. If Revolution premieres to around a 3.0 and keeps in the upper 2s for the whole season it will almost certainly be renewed. I’m thinking it’l probably be a 7-9 million show upper 2s on average.

  • RyanCanada

    #ItsBritney #Epic #QueenD #MrNiceGuy #XfactorUSA Im not here for the voice

  • Mr.Spain

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  • Ryan Schwartz

    A 4.1 for The Voice without a Super Bowl lead in is quite impressive, and shows the Peacock likely made the right move by bringing it back in September rather than waiting until February 2013. The New Normal’s 2.5 is impressive for an NBC comedy, but it lost half of its lead in audience (12 million vs. 6.9 million). It’ll be fascinating to see how many of Go On’s viewers it’s able to retain when it officially premieres tonight at 9:30. Given how much NBC has sampled Go On, anything below a 3.0 is going to be a disappointment, that is, if night 2 of The Voice can maintain a 4.0 or above. If The Voice drops into into the mid-to-high 3 range, I still wouldn’t be impressed if Go On did anything below a 2.8.

  • iggy

    4.1 is higher than every non-NFL rating NBC will see this coming season. It should be applauded, then pitied.

  • Michael

    These reality shows stopped being about about the competition and the contestants a long time ago. It’s more about the judges and how they can advance their careers and be paid millions of dollars, to pretend like they care. I lost count how many times Ryan Seacrest opened the show promoting Jlo’s latest single, etc…

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  • Michael

    This is why, most of these singers end up being dropped from their labels. All of the winners and contestants from “The Voice” have been dropped.

  • John

    Sooooo Grimm gets over a 1.5 and people say it’s doing well, but New Normal gets a 2.5 and is a failure???

  • Jon23812

    I’m watching Ellen, and they said that The Voice will also be on Wednesdays. What will happen to the two shows that NBC originally scheduled for Wednesdays @ 8?

  • Alex

    Different expectations.

    Ratings aren’t a simple black and white, success or failure gauge. Different shows have different expectations. A much promoted new comedy debuting out of the networks biggest show is expected to do better than a niche Friday drama running out of Stars Earn Stripes.


    The Voice will drop into the 2.0’s. This show is very hard to watch after the ‘spinning chair’ deal is over. I think there’s a a lot of buzz around XF this year. Expect 4.5-5.5U don’t have to make it up to me, I gotta go, have homework, I’ll see u school. I hate The Voice because it is saturating the market and taking away viewers from good singing competitions (IDOL, XF). I guess NBC has no problem killing their only hit. Just like Deal or No Deal,Minute to Win It, ect.. There going to run this show into the ground.


    Oh Wow. Umm just ignore the random sentence in paragraph above. Thanks

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