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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  • Wendy


    But what difference does a high premiere rating make in the end if it just falls into obscurity to die, anyway? I agree it is much, much too soon to call Go On or The New Normal a hit. Wait for the competition, I say. But it is still encouraging for Go On’s second episode, shown long after the first, did incredibly (for NBC) well. Happy Endings and The New Girl will be its real test, though. And I like Go On AND New Girl, so this could get interesting.

    Though, as was pointed out, New Girl slipped badly by the end of its freshman year, and Happy Endings, although a cult hit, rarely scores highly (but seems to edge up). So I can see all three cannibalizing each other, too. And that doesn’t even include NCIS.

    At least Tuesday nights will be interesting, ratings wise!

  • Mike

    I think Vegas will be CBS biggest hit this season. I think it fits CBS viewers and the cast is very strong.
    And POI will be the strongest returning show of the season,

  • Pierre

    @ Wendy

    That’s my point also that its too early to call on Go On and The New Normal. The same would’ve gone for Downwardly Mobile had the show fallen in the weeks after the premiere. It’s possible though had DM started out high its settling in number probably would’ve been decent for the network.

    As for the competition things are going to be interesting because FOX, NBC, and ABC all will share the same type of audiences. This could hurt the shows on all three networks. NCIS: LA is a very diverse demographic show so it will definitely knife into these shows but not as much as the comedies will.

    I will give New Girl a lot of credit it it actually does enough damage to Go On where Go On starts to look bad. This is where I think Downwardly Mobile probably would’ve helped NBC more than hurt because its audience probably would’ve been a bit different and would’ve had to worry about NCIS: LA more than FOX and ABC.

  • Pierre

    @ Mike

    Not so sure about that but I could be wrong, for CBS’ sake I hope I’m wrong. I think it will start out high then the question mark is in the later weeks like that show Cane back in 2007. The problem for Vegas is that its a period drama and they haven’t done well in recent years so we’ll have to see. I think CBS will succeed with either Partners or Elementary or maybe both. Elementary is guaranteed to be their top show this season.

    POI may return as the best in the drama category but not overall that’ll still be BBT.

  • Silvio

    Your syndication calculations are nice … but they have one big flaw:
    Baring rare exceptions, cable networks are unwilling to take into syndication shows with less than 88 episodes produced.

    What is better then
    A) to cancel Parenthood production after 70 episodes and get zero $$$ from syndication
    or B) production company to shoot additional 20 episodes, to give $1 mil. per episode discount to NBC just to air it, then have loss of $20 mil. on it … but eventually sell it in syndication for $90 mil. (90 eps x $1 mil, just for example) = total plus of $70 mil?

    I think it’s clear what’s better. It’s even not about making profit, maybe those $70 mil would just make Parenthood losses smaller in the end. But still something is better than nothing. And less than 88 episodes = nothing.

    Last example of such a syndication math was Blue Bloods – everybody knew it’s a lock for renewal, though CBS had Unforgettable and some other shows with better A18-49 ratings than Blue Bloods’ underwhelming one.

  • Rock

    “The NBC Shows might be pulling from a different demographic then those that will be watching CBS, that means they just might only be competing with FOX and ABC.”

    Hasn’t that been true for, like, most of this century? And even then, “only” FOX and ABC? Isn’t that like someone in Chicago saying, “Well, the Vikings suck, so the Bears are only competing with the Packers and Lions for the division title!”

    NBC hasn’t just been taken to the woodshed by the other three major networks–Univision has beaten them regularly the last couple of years. They’ve become a joke. GO ON and THE NEW NORMAL are posting respectable numbers now, but we have to put them in context: there’s no competition! Those numbers can be taken seriously when the rest of the broadcast networks actually show up. Or, to use another football analogy, last night was a preseason game where NBC played its starters the whole way while their opponent played its third stringers.

  • nikki

    Its too early to tell whats going to happen. In my opinion Parenthood did fine.. and theres always a chance it gets adjusted up. The show is strong.. its in its 4th season.. if this is it then thats it. I still say its been a great 4 seasons.. and who knows there might be 5 seasons. A good show is a good show. Parenthood is a good show.

  • Pierre

    @ Nikki

    Since Parenthood actually had competition it’s numbers are decent. Not bad at all. I have more confidence in Parenthood keeping a decent demo than The New Normal the rest of the season.

  • nikki

    @pierre finally someone with faith. The rest of the comments were so mean.. the season just started and they got it getting canned. The show is in its 4th season.. in my opinion those are strong ratings. Unlike some of these new shows where they get renewed with terrible ratings just because they are cheap to make. Quality tv is lost in this day and age, i hope parenthood holds on one more season.Thats a good decent natured show.

  • Tom

    Parenthood’s number wasn’t great, but Parenthood’s audience largely sticks with Parenthood. I think it settles to slightly under the NBC drama average, good enough for a 20 episode final season, in Friday spackle mode.

    (Also note that Parenthood has a sprawling cast they still haven’t had to reduce. There’s budget to cut if they are forced to to reach 88.)

    I think Go On gets a backorder, though I won’t bet on a renewal yet. (I will lean that way, given the limited comedy inventory NBC has surviving into next year.)

    I am not willing to say that for TNN, without seeing how the other TWO comedies in the hour AND less spinning chairs as Fall goes on affect ratings. (Though again, Whitney suggests a low barrier to survival.)

  • CrimTV


    I haven’t seen him throw a fit at anyone for not liking the NBC shows, the only thing he has done is rightly say that the people who said TNN would flop were wrong!

  • nikki

    @ tom haddies character will probably be reduced. and the rest of the cast isnt that sought after. if i had to guess the highest paid actors on that show who are regulars are the guy who plays zeek, the one who plays crosby and lauren grahamn. Those others are good actors but i just dont see them being that sought after to be getting big amounts of money. and jason ritter probably gets a pretty penny but hes a guest star. not a regular.

  • Melanie

    So glad Parenthood is back. I almost missed the premiere last night.

  • Pierre

    @ Nikki

    Yeah I agree the show is proven and its in its 4th season so its a veteran that NBC can count on. It won’t get the huge numbers but it will maintain a consistent audience every week and at the end of the day the parent company owns the show so they can make money off of it in syndication. I couldn’t really understand the comments on the previous pages dissing Parenthood.

    It seems like people don’t know how ratings work because some of them seem to think Go On and The New Normal will keep these numbers or something. They will be fooled in the coming weeks with that train of thought while Parenthood will continue to post numbers similar to these. I see TNN dropping below 2.0 pretty soon it’ll take sometime for Go On to drop to 2.0 since its on directly after The Voice but it will be there eventually. Once Go On takes its first break and stops airing out of The Voice that’s when it will start to really fall from grace.

    Again like I said before Parenthood was the one with the competition from Sons of Anarchy what competition did TNN have? Yeah that’s right!

  • nikki

    @ pierre couldnt of put it any better.

  • nikki

    off subject.. i cant wait to see all the new CW shows tank, i hate that network lol

  • Michael

    The New Normal premiered lower than Community. Just wait. It will fall.

  • Linda

    @Pierre: HF-0 fans have wanted the show moved to Tuesdays since it began. Tuesdays seem logical, given the leadins. So far CBS has refused, and I’m now convinced they don’t care about it’s numbers because they’re obligated to keep HF-0 on long enough to reach its syndication minimum. They’re only giving the Tuesday night advantage (if that’s what it is), to new shows – Vegas this season and whatever was on last season.

  • CrimTV


    That’s a real bad attitude, how can you hate a network, yes you can hate the shows on the network, but not the network itself. I would never wish bad things on a network, I’m always hopeful for each of them to find a new hit (especially NBC and The CW) as they are both going through difficult times with ratings.

  • CrimTV


    Yet Community is now in it’s 4th season, so anything can happen.

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