TV Ratings Tuesday: 'So You Think You Can Dance' and 'The New Normal' Flat, 'The Voice' Dips; 'Go On' Premieres Well & 'Parenthood' Premieres Down

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September 12th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.9/8 1.6/5 1.5/4 1.2/3 0.7/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.5/5 1.2/4 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.386 3.491 4.286 7.456 2.419 0.670


NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX,  So You Think You Can Dance scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, flat with last week.

On NBC, The Voice earned a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating, down three tenths after yesterday's premiere 4.2 rating. The second episode of Go On earned a 3.4 18-49 rating, down considerably from its 5.6 post-Olympics premiere rating and The New Normal was even with yesterday's 2.5 premiere 18-49 rating. Parenthood premiered its fourth season to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, down three tenths from last season's 2.2 premiere rating  and its lowest-rated premiere ever. Your predictions were about right.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, September 11 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice 3.9 12 11.30
FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10PM) 1.5 4 4.29
CBS NCIS -R 1.2 4 8.64
ABC The Middle -R 0.9 3 3.84
CW Hart of Dixie -R 0.3 1 0.70
8:30PM ABC Last Man Standing -R 0.8 2 3.03
9:00PM NBC Go On 3.4 9 9.57
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 1.1 3 6.92
ABC Happy Ending -R 0.8 2 2.28
CW the Next -R 0.2 1 0.64
9:30PM NBC The New Normal 2.5 7 7.00
ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt 23 -R 0.7 2 1.94
10:00PM NBC Parenthood 1.9 5 5.57
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 1.2 3 6.80
ABC Private Practice -R 0.5 1 1.72


Via Press Note:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/6 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.6/6; 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 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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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  • CrimTV


  • Dennis

    Impressed with Go On.
    I actually like it.

    Parenthood will get canned this season

  • rob60990

    Parenthood couldn’t crack a 2.0? pathetic.

    Where are those that said The New Normal would tank? :D

  • Dario

    Wow for Go On and The New Normal!

  • forg

    Good for Go On

  • CrimTV


    Exactly, totally agree with you about The New Normal, people are so stupid sometimes lol

  • dantas

    Loved Go On & The New Normal yesterday! I hope both shows get to stay above the 2.0 mark this season.

    Wow! How many weeks SYTYCD has been flat now?

  • Kie

    Poor Parenthood

    I hope for the fans’ sake they get a final fifth season Friday burnoff.

  • Klaus

    Goon! I said yesterday that Go On will eventually do better than The Voice, and these ratings have made me even more confident in that assertion.

  • Potato

    calling it now– new normal gets a full season order that they regret by march

  • Fran

    Well Parenthood didn’t do that bad! It’s still solid for 10.00 p.m. ON NBC and like last year it can still grow, or stay stable for the rest of the season. Usually the premierès are pretty slow… We have to wait HOW the rest of the line up of NBC will do this season.
    Good result for Go on and the second episode of New normal.

  • taylor

    Go On was bloody awful, once it faces competition it’ll drop like a rock.

    Likewise with New Normal which was even worse than Go On.

  • Bee

    LMAO so where are all you folks that went on and on about the new normal (and even go on) crashing. they will go down, but this is NBC. if damn whitney can survive, anyone can.

  • CrimTV


    After seeing the ratings for The New Normal today and how stable they are, you are still claiming they will regret this series? :S

  • EatMorePez

    It’s good that the New Normal could retain 100% of its audience from Monday night, but how will it do when all of the networks are finished with summer repeats? I would wait a few weeks before calling this show a success.

  • Klaus

    The New Normal folks will also be happy. Yesterday’s rating was pretty disappointing, but the fact they could hold that with a slightly weaker lead-in means that enough people were hooked by it.

  • s0303

    good for the new normal, even though i don’t watch it…go on did better than i thought it would also…hopefully nbc can bounce back a bit this year :) i agree with dennis, this will be parenthoods last season.

  • PHIL

    Go on did well as for The Voice expect the finale to be in the 2s

  • Joshua

    Just wait, the new normal will sink…

  • SG

    Never watched Parenthood before. Could only handle about 10 minutes last night. Absolutely awful. They’re trying too hard, not amusing at all!

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