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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  • Josh

    It’s still early The New Normal CAN still tank. Let all the competition come first(ABC,CBS,FOX,CW) before you call it a success. NBC will drop in the coming weeks

  • Alex

    The Voice relatively stable for NBC. You can’t argue with a two/three tenth drop when you lose an hour and air purely in the lower PUT 8PM hour. It also clearly rated a lot better at 8PM last night than Monday night which is good news. Fox might want to start getting a little concerned about that clash with The X Factor tonight. The Voice doesn’t need to win (although I think it can in the 8PM hour) it just needs to dent The X Factor and it’ll almost certainly do that. If they’ve spent millions on Britney and don’t crack a 4 (average) tonight then it’ll be a disaster.

    Go On did very well. The New Normal not so much but it was stable vs. yesterday and you can’t ask for much more than that I suppose. Of course a word of caution here these performances were against zero competition. How are they going to fare against comedies on Fox, ABC and drama on CBS? Go On can afford to drop an entire point plus from where it is right now and still sail to renewal on NBC. The New Normal cannot.

    That’s a disaster for Parenthood. That it can’t crack a 2 against broadcast repeats for its premiere is not good. The best NBC can hope for is that this is the core audience and it stays at around this level when ABC and CBS start back up.

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

    Go On is second new show on facebook very close to 100 000 likes.(only revolution better) I was sure will be good, but so good – to be honest-no. Really surprise me. Great show. Best new comedy and best NBC comedy overall.

    Still don’t like The new normal. But in the end can beat premiere ratings. Which is surprise.

  • john

    New Normal couldn’t hold the lead in from Go On and got a 2.5, down from Go On’s 3.4. This was against repeats.This is not an auspicious beginning.

  • r0ckmypants

    I’m hoping that The New Normal won’t crash with increased competition. The cast is great, and for the most part the writing is smart.

  • Potato

    @CrimTV– it’s just a prediction and I actually like the show, but it seems like a trend on NBC for them to order a full season of a decently rated show before the ratings settle out to the point where it limps to the finish line. It happened last year with up all night and whitney (although to be fair, they were both renewed, but the ratings were pretty low at the end.)

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

    The voice very stable. But let see how will be tonight.

  • Justin121

    A 3.4 and 9.5 million is huge for Go On. NBC finally got it right.

    A 2.5 and 7 million for New Normal is unheard of on NBC, given last year’s ratings.

    Even with all The New Normal’s flaws, it looks a 1000x better than Partners.

  • Dennis

    I hope Go On can at least stay above a 2.1….it is quiet decent

  • Holly

    Very good numbers for NBC. Granted, it was against mostly repeats, so I seriously doubt they’ll keep these numbers after next week. Still, NBC has reason to be quite happy this morning.

  • Tyler

    While these numbers are a bit disappointing for Parenthood…I think it’s a little early to write it off. It was really consistent last season and there’s no reason to believe it won’t be this year. A 1.9, generally speaking, isn’t too bad for NBC. And competition hasn’t really ever effected it too much. If it stays consistent I’d bet on a renewal. Time will tell. Fingers crossed though, I love this show!

  • Lena

    NBC is doing good. Hopefully they will be able to get a couple of hits this season :)

  • thinking out loud

    @ rob60990 What happens when TNN actually airs against new programming?

  • Justin121

    Those ABC and CBS repeat numbers are terrible. They usually do better.

    So You Think You Can Dance is sinking. Will it be cancelled?

    Parenthood is OK but for NBC’s sake it shouldn’t dip below 1.9.

  • PHIL

    @Alex what are you talking about?! Xfactor is going to be over 5 easily, in fact The Voice is going to drop even more.

  • One

    Why do I get the feeling that that picture was picked for a very specific reason? Is that that Nene chick Bill is always talking about?…

  • Agnes

    NBC is skewing so old this year. With these Total viewers, one would have expected the 18-49s to be a full point higher. 9.5 million viewers for The Office used to translate into a 4.5 or so…

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

    TV BY THE NUMBERS where is poll topic. I want to see what was my projections. For Go On was 2.8 but don’t remmember else. Please stay Poll topics one more day after ratings are in so people can see who say what and check tanhks.

    Big Poll tonight the voice against x factor.

  • GStar

    The Voice seems to have a stable audience backing it. I doubt the X Factor will be able to maintain over a 4.0 after 3 weeks in and the Britney shine fades. I have a feeling these two shows will end up with an almost identical season average, with maybe the XFactor getting a slight edge from the expected inflated premier numbers.

  • iMember

    Go On and The New Normal had GREAT episodes last night too! They were both even better than their respective Pilots. This is great!

    Laughing at all the haters right now. Obviously, time will tell how well they can maintain these numbers over the course of the season, but I’m loving both new shows, they’re both starting off strong for NBC, so I hope it continues.

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