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

    “what is going on with CBS repeats. Monday all was 0.9 and lower now this.”

    Tennis, a sport no one watches bled into primetime on Monday night and last night is no different from any other week this summer…

  • MattM

    I don’t particularly love either but I think New Normal is the superior show. Go On’s number is just insane, I would say it’s not that good but neither is BBT and that pulls massive ratings. Will be interesting to see how they do against competition.

  • peter

    Hello New Girl isnt the hit it used to be when it premiered one year ago. In the spring the demo was around 2.3 and with glee as its lead

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

    @CrimTV who said:

    And i am happy for you CrimTV fan. I think you are the only true NBC fan here and to be honest its not easy thing to be NBC fan these days.(i guess when friends was on all was nbc fans) So good for you. For us who mostly are fans of big hit shows on network like CBS or FOX or even ABC its much npre easier to be hounest. So fair-play for you.

  • Block

    The Voice had had no competition two nights running. Tonight it will dive. Sorry Voice lovers.

  • tv#1

    That is pretty good for Go On especially in the demo. The New Normal could have done better, but I think NBC will take it. I hope these two series remain solid for NBC throughout the season. They both are very good.

  • Ram510

    Go On did better than I expected and TNN did ok. However people are jumpin the gun by saying TNN is stable, it’s only been 2 episodes and one was on a special night and time safely tuck behind The Voice so I wouldn’t even count that data point so much. But yes TNN did do ok last night, but how long will it stay around a 2.5?

  • Ultima

    That’s a disaster for Parenthood.


    A 1.9 is probably what NBC was expecting for Parenthood (it was equal with its finale). Last season, it premiered against no competition at a 2.2 and managed to hold around that level for most of the fall.

    The size of the episode order indicates that NBC wants to finish its season off prior to the launch of the 4th cycle of The Voice. If Parenthood can maintain anything north of a 1.5 season average for five months, it’s basically a lock for renewal. They’ll give it ~20 episodes and throw it on Thursday or Friday next season if they have to.

    Considering their recent drama failures, there’s no way that NBC is going to drop a show this close to syndication unless it does catastrophically bad.

  • senor chang


    But Up All Night nosedived in its second week when it premiered in its regular slot, while Whitney bled viewers until it was hovering right around 2.0. Of course, that could also happen to Go On, but because 1)they always have the Voice cushion and 2)this IS its timeslot premiere, I feel like maybe the show will have a better shot at success.

    Who knows, really. We’ll see how this plays out.

  • senor chang

    All good points.

  • MattM


    New Girl would consistently do better numbers than Glee when it was its lead in. I’m not gonna say it didn’t help but I think it’s strong enough to carry the night on its own. Plus it may have some new fans that watched the re-runs over the Summer.

  • Rob R

    NBC executives are popping champagne this morning. This is likely better than they ever dreamed.

  • Ram510

    I those Happy Ending repeat numbers are any indication of how it might do when the original episodes start, it looks like HE will do ok and probably do better than Apt 23 in the demo

  • Andy

    Parenthood is quality television. Glad to see it back.

  • Klaus

    Here are my guesses for regular Tuesday timeslot averages this fall:


    The Voice: 3.2
    DWTS: 3.0
    NCIS: 3.1
    Raising Hope: 1.9
    Hart of Dixie: 0.6


    Ben and Kate: 2.1


    Go On: 2.7
    New Girl: 2.8
    Happy Endings: 1.9 (sorry)
    NCIS: LA: 3.0
    Emily Owens, M.D.: 0.4


    The New Normal: 1.9
    The Mindy Project: 2.3
    Apt. 23: 2.1


    Parenthood: 1.6
    Private Practice: 1.8
    Vegas: 2.5

  • Coacoav

    I watched TheVoice because of the reruns and I don’t watch SYTUCD.
    I watched GoOn a little stupid but funny and hope the ratings stay up.
    Normal and Parenthood don’t do anything for me and Ray Ramono as a reason
    to watch PH.. please no way, very lame. Even though I watched TheVoice it was not very good last night I was bored with the judges and the talent.
    I will be watching The X=Factor tonight. TheVoice is going to take a big
    drop in ratings tonight bad move to air it an extra night against X.

  • fourat

    happy for NBC
    because they are working hard

  • a p garcia

    Not good but not bad for NBC’s # last night execpt for Parenthood. They should have been higher #s because the competation had repeats. 1.9 for Parenthood is terrible for no competation execpt repeats, maybe they are trying too hard with script that could be better.

  • Alysse

    @senor chang Those are valid points. I just think that a lot of people are quickly jumping to the conclusion that these new comedies are big successes and it just feels too early to make that call. Yes, they’re in their regular timeslots, but they’re not facing competition yet. That’ll be the true test for both. Given NBC’s ratings last year, I do honestly believe Go On and The New Normal will be able to stick around, but again, we’re kind of looking at incomplete data and until all the networks are airing new episodes, it’s hard to know what numbers these two will stabilize at.

  • Ron

    Just remember where Up All night and Whitney started last year. Nothing is set in stone with no competition. Go On and TNN did fine but when New Girl and NCIS LA premiere we’ll get a much better idea

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