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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  • rob60990

    @One, yea that’s Nene.

    @thinking out loud, we’ll see but obviously enough people liked what they saw on Monday to watch the show the next day. That certainly is a positive and I’m not always a positive person. ;)

  • SJ

    Good – I dare say, great – time slot premieres for the Tuesday comedies. The New Normal getting a 2.5 out of a 4.7 yesterday was disappointing, but it keeping the exact same rating leading out of a 3.4 is pretty good. Also wow @ Go On. I didn’t expect it to hold onto that much of The Voice’s audience.

    My feelings are still mixed on both shows, but I’ll keep watching them. Go On actually stole a Friends line in last night’s episode and the effeminate gay guy (and NeNe Leakes) on TNN are gonna take some getting used to.

    My favorite comedy pilot from the fall 2012 cycle – Ben & Kate! I was pleasantly surprised at how thoroughly I enjoyed the pilot. Let’s hope that greatness translates into ratings…

    OK for Parenthood. It likely gets 2-3 more episodes for the season and then 17-18 next year to get to the magical 88 for syndication.


    The Voice down from yesterday!

    Glad the New Normal maintained the 2.5 & was on target w/ Parenthood 1.9

    Not looking good for Parenthood

  • UKD

    NBC has a bit of a mixed bag. Go On and the New Normal did just find, but the weakish numbers for the Voice, especially considering this is what it’s getting without competition, must be worrying.

  • Klaus

    @thinking out loud

    When TNN airs against new programming it’ll probably get a 1.8 or something, because of the competition. The Mindy Project will do OK (around a 2.2), Apt. 23 had poor summer repeat ratings, but will still get around a 2.0. TNN had very poor ratings yesterday, but the fact that it got the same rating today is extremely important. If you look at yesterday’s half-hours, The Voice was at almost a 5.0 at 9:30, and TNN lost almost half of that. Today, it got a 2.5 from a 3.4. So I think it has an audience.

  • CrimTV

    The New Normal will not share the audience of NCIS: LA, it may have a problem with The Mindy Project but Apt. 23 is low anyway so maybe that won’t make a difference.

  • Bawk

    Hahaha, The Voice continues to flop. X-Factor will kick it’s ass tonight.

  • senor chang

    Really really good numbers for Go On. I’ve seen enough shows tank on NBC to doubt that the show will be that high when facing full competition, but that’s a very auspicious start.

    Even more promising: that’s the highest-rated second episode of a new NBC comedy in a long time.

    for reference:
    Community garnered a 2.7 for its second episode
    Outsourced got a 2.8
    Whitney got a 2.5
    Up All Night got a 2.4

    As for The New Normal, it did fine. If it holds in the high 1s or low 2s, it should be fine.

    Parenthood…frowny face. Maybe syndication will get it to 88?

  • battye

    Good start for Go On – I have to say I went in with no expectations (although I have a lot of time for anything Matthew Perry is in… Friends, Studio 60, Ron Clark Story, etc are all quality) and was pleasantly surprised. The jury is still out of course, but two episodes in and the signs aren’t all bad.

    Hopefully it continues to rate well. I realise that it was against no competition, but with The Voice as its lead-in hopefully that will limit some of the damage.

  • still good shows on tv

    Parenthood has gotten high 1’s or low 2’s pretty much every week since season 2.

  • senor chang

    Yes, doing better in the 8PM hour on Tuesday compared to the 8PM hour of your premiere is flopping. :shrug:

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

    What is going on with CBS repeats. Monday all was 0.9 and lower now this.

  • iMember

    Happy dancing for NBC right now. Hopefully this year they make a turn around in the ratings.

    Also, if a show like Whitney can survive, then I pray that Go On and The New Normal (which are two great new comedies) will make it through as well. I mean, if Whitney can live, anything can!

  • TvFanatic

    Lay off Parenthood, maybe people forgot it was on last night. SYTYCD got a 1.5 & PH had more viewers in millions. & lets not work people have school & work today.

  • Carmen

    @ Rob60990
    Where are those that said The New Normal would tank?

    I wouldn’t get too confident just yet.
    They may still be around and coming back with a vengence in a week or 2.

    Yes, the 2.5 seems ok on the surface, but we have to remember that:

    1) NBC is advance premiering some of its scripted shows early against almost no competition.

    2) It lost almost a full demo point and about 2.5 million viewers from its lead in

    If New Normal can hold with .75 of that in the regular season, then you may consider the show a success. . . by NBC standards.
    If they hold 2.5 for the year. Then yes, it will shut up all the naysayers. . .but that is not likly to come close to happening once the season revs up

    I will give NBC show kudos this pre-season though. They have actually shown some strategy by putting thier shows on early and attempting to get people to sample them before the other networks start up the season.

    Will it work?

    I kind of doubt it, but at least they’re trying.

  • peter

    Because ABC’s shows on tuesday are soo strong huh

  • GStar

    @senor chang

    Let him Troll… The Voice IMO has nothing to worry about. XFactor on the other hand, it remains to be seen what will happen after the premier week. And I doubt these Britney trolls will be happy,

  • Alex

    Surprised won’t even begin to sum up my reaction if The X Factor is above a 5 (easily or not) tonight.

    And just for the record that has nothing to do with my feelings on the show, on Britney Spears or on The Voice. I just think its incredibly unlikely that whilst airing opposite The Voice (and then a Voice assisted America’s Got Talent) The X Factor is going to achieve runaway ratings success. It isn’t even that those shows are going to beat The X Factor. Just simply that because of the obvious audience overlap between them they’re going to dent The X Factor. NBC can average a 2 (and I imagine they’ll do better than that) tonight and still massively dent The X Factor.

    Of course that’s also not to say that I think The X Factor would be a 5+ with a clear run. That seems unlikely to me as well but I know certain people are really buying into this Britney hype so they’ll run with the theory of blockbuster ratings regardless.

  • senor chang

    at least NBC doesn’t seem dead in the water this year. they’re really going big and I respect that. hopefully it’ll translate into some big hits.

  • Alysse

    @Justin121 Keep in mind that the Up All Night premiere had 10.9 million viewers and 3.7 in the demo and Whitney got 6.7 million viewers and a 3.2, so last night’s numbers aren’t unheard of. It’s way too early to call either Go On or The Normal a success or failure (though I suspect they’ll both last at least a full season), but as many have stated, we need to see what happens when the other networks start airing new episodes. There’s no way Go On maintains a 3.4 against New Girl and Happy Endings.

    Bummed about Parenthood. Such a good, underrated show.

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