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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  • Bern

    The New Normal is actually a great comedy. Nene Leaks and Ellen Barkin they steal every scene ESPECIALLY when they are together onscreen.

  • Networkman

    I don’t feel NBC could of expected anything more from Parenthood. It has been off the air since March. NBC is really trying to produce comedy hits so that they can take the older ones off the air. Parenthood was not a big priority for the network. So they are satisfied with its loyal audience. If Parenthood were to come back for one more season, I can see it moving to Friday or it’ll air during midseason once Football ends on Sunday Night.

  • Alex

    Just a few points

    1 – That a show was renewed does not mean that it is being pushed toward syndication it means it was renewed. If Parenthood were dramatically below the NBC average and had been renewed then we’d be discussing that it was renewed to push it toward syndication. That wasn’t the case though.

    2 – The argument that NBC is all about getting Parenthood to syndication does not fit the episode orders the show has been given for the last two years. When you’re pushing a show to syndication you want to get it there as quickly as you can so you order as many episodes as you can. That’s not what NBC is doing with Parenthood.

    3 – The expected value of a new drama vs. Parenthood can be a hell of a lot greater. (Happy now?)

    4 – Again it doesn’t matter how many episodes are left to syndication unless the production company actually believes those episodes and the series as a whole can be profitable. You can try and spin the maths every which way you want but Universal aren’t going to throw more money down the Parenthood drain unless they actually think they can turn a profit on the show (or unless NBC actually wants more episodes and is willing to pay for them).

    5 – Except that Heroes already had a syndication deal – But shows under 88 episodes don’t get syndication deals…

    6 – I’m sure it was nothing compared to the gigantic crater that would have been a fifth season of Heroes. – So you’re saying it wasn’t in the economic interest of Universal and NBC to make another 11 episodes of Heroes and push it to 88. Weird. Because when I suggest that it might not be in the economic interests of Universal or in fact NBC to make an additional 20 episodes of Parenthood and that actually the decision on whether to make those 20 episodes won’t be about pushing it to syndication levels but rather whether its an economically viable or worthwhile exercise you have a fit about the value of syndication like you’re the only person on the planet that sees the value of syndication.

    My argument isn’t that Parenthood won’t get another season nor is my argument that Parenthood won’t get to syndication. My argument is that people throw ‘syndication’ out there like its magical and there are no other considerations involved which isn’t the case. There’s a mountain of other things to take into account and its nowhere near as simple as ’20 more episodes’. With shows like Parenthood in particular which aren’t and never have been particularly popular and don’t have obvious syndication appeal the question as to whether those additional 20 episodes are economically viable is a major issue. Equally as important is that NBC actually have to want to order, pay for and air another 20 episodes of Parenthood. The likes of The Good Wife can creep to syndication because CBS is happy or willing to prop it up. I’m not convinced by this notion that NBC is going to be happy to do the same with Parenthood especially not if its numbers continue to fall.

    The assumption people are making is that NBC will have no choice but to order 20 additional episodes and air them. Presumably because they’re owned by the same company but ultimately they don’t and if NBC gets a foothold this season I don’t see why they would. Parenthood would be a sinkhole they don’t need or want.

  • Alex

    And again I notice that people don’t actually want to talk about Parenthood’s actual ratings but rather how close it is to syndication. This never ending discussion kicked off because I said Parenthood’s numbers were bad (a disaster infact) and the only counter to that description has been – but its only 20 episodes away from 88. Like that somehow makes the numbers better. It doesn’t.

  • TVDude

    Parent’s actual ratings aren’t bad. What are you comparing them to? CBS?

  • Shawn

    If the new normal survives and lasts even a season, we can thank KSL out of Salt Lake City for the great publicity it gave the show by bowing out of airing it on their station. Nice job. Plus, it is on demand so I still get to watch it.

  • me

    The new normal will be cancelled before mid season. BTW the new normal is not the new normal, its sick and perverse.

  • Texas44

    I love, love, love the New Normal and Parenthood.

    Parenthood is the best show on TV.

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