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.



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  • Rick

    NBC got too cocky and overconfident. they will regret putting the show agianst X factor on Wednesday.

  • Joshua

    I like The Voice, but this season on the Fall, was a really bad ideia.

  • Alex

    Not great news for NBC but it certainly could have been a lot worse. The Voice was respectable and I suspect they’ll be more than happy if it can maintain this kind of level across the run. That’s a big if though. I remain unconvinced that The X Factor is going to beat it on Wednesday but we’ll see how The Voice holds up tonight.

    The New Normal isn’t such a pretty picture for NBC but again isn’t a complete disaster. We’ll see how things go tonight but I’m not holding my breath.

  • Memphis Bandit

    I am interested to see how the tennis did.

    That was a great match last night, but I don’t think tennis gets good ratings ever.

  • s0303

    i said 3.8 for the voice, so that’s a little better…was right on about 2.5 with the new normal :) that show will be around 1.3 by the end of the season, if it lasts that long :)

  • rob60990

    “The New Normal is a failure”

    Well at least wait and see how it does tonight in its own timeslot before calling it a failure.

  • Holly


    X-Factor will get 6.0.+

    You expect the show to double it’s ratings?

  • rob60990

    “NBC got too cocky and overconfident. they will regret putting the show agianst X factor on Wednesday.”

    THIS. It’s going to blow up in their face big time. Britney > Christina ALWAYS.

  • Billy


    There is no chance The Voice maintains these numbers against much greater competition coming. These early starts give shows inflated numbers in the first week or two. Once the regular competition comes it will drop significantly.

  • taylor

    dead on with my predictions.

    it will drop tonight and then even more wednesday

    they should scrap the wed. episode to save themselves the embarrassment

  • John A

    4.1 isnt that bad. People jumping up and down over a 1.5 for Grimm last weel Lol

  • rob60990

    A 5 for X Factor wouldn’t shock me but a 6 would.

    Go On did pretty well for a repeat at 10:30. It got a lot of sampling so it should definitely be over a 3 tonight.

  • RJ

    With all the competition, Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef did very well!

  • Amy

    The New Normal was already available online so a lot of folks had watched it already. So a 2.5 is not bad. I think it will do well.

  • Alex

    Not only is that an expectation that it’ll double its ratings but an expectation that it’ll do it against similarly themed competition in The Voice and America’s Got Talent. Some of these X Factor predictions seem extraordinarily delusional.

    Personally I think it’ll be lucky to crack a 4 on Wednesday.

  • Person of Interest – TV’S #1 NEW DRAMA

    Th voice still good. X factor last season premiere was 4.4 i think. So not so bad.


    Such a bad start for The Voice! Never have I wanted a show to premiere just so I won’t have to see the promos every second I’m watching something on NBC!

    Hope The New Normal improves–really like the writing here & think it has a serious potential.

    I’m hoping singing fatigue will take hold this year, so same for the X-Factor–struggle for a 3.0!

  • Baqinardo

    Per travis yanan:
    #TheVoice 2hr season premiere 1/2hr #tvratings A18-49 breakdown: 3.2/10, 3.9/11, 4.6/12, 4.7/12.”

  • rob60990

    “People jumping up and down over a 1.5 for Grimm last week Lol”

    LOL also for LA Complex. So much inconsistency around here.

  • Memphis Bandit

    So it looks like the tennis got a 1.7.

    Is that good?? It doesn’t sound that good.

    I have heard they are thinking about moving the finals to Monday nights for good because of all the rain, and they don’t want the men having to play back to back on Saturday and Sunday.

    Do you think a 1.7 rating would be good enough for CBS to put it on Monday night for good?

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