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.

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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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  • Blee

    I can’t wait for X-Factor to blow away expectations and shut the haters up. So pressed.

  • jenny

    hahahahaha at the voice! what a flop! the judges are irrelevant! Christiana’s last album FLOPPED HARD! hahahhahaha

  • Ultima

    @Remote Patrolled
    Problem for The Voice is that there was no new gimmick this season

    Judges can steal eliminated team members during the battle round and there’s an extra round before the live shows.

    Are you expecting a completely new show every season?

  • Mon

    What X factor?

  • Memphis Bandit

    What do you mean they are not for the masses?

    Why the hell are they on CBS then. If it was only for a few people why not put it on the Tennis Channel.

    Times change. 50 years ago everyone watched boxing and horse racing.

    Times will change with these Star Search wannabes like the X-Factor, and the Voice. People will watch different stuff.

    maybe it will never be as popular as it was in the late 70s and early 80s with Conners and McEnroe, but if marketed properly I could see it making a comeback. Enough, anyway, for CBS to put it on Monday night instead of typical reruns.

  • PHIL

    Xfactor is going to hit 5.0 easily.

  • eric

    The reason me and my wife decided against the voice this year was there are too many singing shows…and it airs so many times a week…I feel like I would rather watch something else as its not really that exciting of a show.

  • adanskiiii

    Yes because Grimm would have EVER premeired above a 3.0 during season one.

  • Oliver

    Big drop for The Voice. Ouch.

    2.5 isn’t great for the TNN premiere. Not quite DOA but certainly weak. Be interesting to see how it does after Go On tonight, would not be surprised if it matches the pilot’s ratings.

    Go On looks like it will launch successfully, given this is the third repeat of the pilot. Predict 3.0+ tonight.

  • Ultima

    @John A
    I thought Fox would be higher. Maskedscheudlar was mocking NBC numbers fox didnt do that well.

    FOX took virtually no hit despite the premieres of The Voice and Monday Night Football. How is that not doing well?

  • rob60990

    “hahahahaha at the voice! what a flop!”

    What an absolute moron. Even I can’t call it a flop.

  • Silvio

    I think cause for The Voice spike in 2nd hour is: around 9PM both tennis match finished and Baltimore-Cincy game became blowout.

    It was no weak competition with Fox summer series finales and MNF season premiere … but competition is going to be even stronger soon. The Voice is in trouble, those 3s from first hour look like better indicator for future than high 4s from 2nd hour.

  • adanskiiii

    So has Britney Spears’ latest TWO albums. & by the way Christina Aguilera was the FIRST FAMOUS judge to sign ever sign up for a reality competition. Britney COPIED Xtina.

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

    Love it how before the Voice came around, everyone was saying ‘oh a 2.0 is really good, oh a 2.5 is really good’ and The Voice now gets a 4.1 on NBC and everyone is saying it’s terrible, lol, even if it dropped to a 2.5 it would still be good for the network.

    I guess the trend in this site is hate NBC no matter what. I mean come on…ok they are not CBS or even FOX, BUT this numbers are GOOD for NBC! They are close or even better for the voice from whar Tv by the numbers was expected only before 20 hours and almost the same from what Tv by the numbers and most of us say for new normal.


    The Voice still did well as a show. The show was entertaining but it needs to find a star this year to solidify the show. It did go up in demos throughout the night which is good. I expect X Factor to premiere to big ratings for the Britney tune in. I swear she has a huge fanbase and people love Britney Spears.

  • Ultima

    and it airs so many times a week

    The Voice airs twice a week – just like American Idol, The X Factor, and DWTS.

  • John A

    I know fox did fine but maskedschedular irratates me with his constant NBC bashing.

  • Remote Patrolled


    That’s a format tweak not a substantial change.

    What I’m saying is that The Voice has only been off air for 4 months and has come back with the same judges, host, basic format as the last two seasons. Why would it rise?

    I also think The Voice is a flawed format from the start – after those blind auditions it becomes a generic music competition show – which is why the ratings always slip

    Plus as others have rightfully said – two seasons in and it’s yet to produce a star. Idol made starts out of the gate. (by the same token X Factor needs to find a star this season too!)

  • rob60990

    “FOX took virtually no hit despite the premieres of The Voice and Monday Night Football. How is that not doing well?”

    Both were season finales and both dropped. On the other hand, Bones & Mob Doctor probably won’t even pull these ratings during the regular season.

  • Amy


    Grimm premiered on a Friday. Do you think that any show has a chance to primere with a 3.0 on a Friday night? It premiered with a 2.0. I think that’s good for a Friday show.

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