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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  • Jared

    Bad idea for NBC to add a 3rd night to The Voices premiere..if the series second outing..against no competition I might add took a hit just wait until tomorrow’s ratings are released. I think people under estimate the power of Britney Spears. Whether viewers continue to watch the X Factor is based purely on how good the show is..but Britney’s fans will definitely be tuning in tonight to watch. Myself included..and I normally hate music competition shows.

  • The Original J

    For all of those asking, “where are those who said the The New Normal would tank? Look at those ratings!” — remember, it’s not facing any competition yet. Once it does, I maintain that it will tank.


    Well The Voice did solid business tonight. It actually did higher numbers in the 8pm slot then it did Monday. The Voice is still a solid show I wish NBC would keep it a once a year show but thats just me. It was very entertaining both nights. Also it did have big competition in Monday night football. Its going to be a big night for the X Factor night. I think its going to have huge numbers because of Britney Spears. They have done so much Britney promo that people will tune in to see Britney she sells everytime that girl.

  • samunto

    Very impressive figures for Go On which was extremely funny. Ofcourse no one expected it to maintain the post-olympics figures. If it can keep it up above or just at 3.0 everyone would be very happy.
    TNN will probably just have a tiny cult following. But if it can keep those numbers then NBC would be so happy.

    With those ratings and if NBC manage to launch like 2 hits this season, The VOice will remain to 1 series per tv season. Imagine how low it’ll get.

  • Fran

    when did parenthood suffered for full competition? This year is against Vegas and PP, i can’t see it going down so much… and also i read some big spoiler about a dramatic storyline that is coming in the show… i think it will stay at this level in the following weeks

  • Alex

    Failing to crack a 2 for its premiere opposite no broadcast competition is a disaster.

    Also worthy of note here is that the NCIS: LA repeat was down half a point compared to Parenthood’s return last season and ABC was down an entire point vs. its performance opposite Parenthood’s return last year. So the competition was weaker and Parenthood still dropped year-on-year. Essentially what we’re seeing with Parenthood is that its a show that needs to be propped up with a big lead-in (it had AGT last year) or it underwhelms at best.

    However as I said NBC can hope that it maintains this kind of level for the rest of the season and that’ll be fine. But I’m not sure it will. As weak as Private Practice is I suspect that’ll dent it somewhat and I imagine the premiere of Vegas at the very least will do the same. And as bad as things might be at NBC settling for a drama that’s averaging a 1.4/1.5 certainly shouldn’t be an option (as you suggest).

  • Tia

    SYTYCD did great at 9pm, it hadn’t broken 5 million viewers in a while. I’d like to know the hour-18-49 ratings.

    The Voice is up from yesterday’s 8pm hour so they can be satisfied.

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

    Thanks. I forgot about tennis game.

    @fourat who said:
    happy for NBC
    because they are working hard

    Yep. And its much more interesting with for networks in batle not only 3. Even for this site.

  • rob60990

    @Klaus, there is no way Apt 23 does better than Happy Endings.

  • Frankie

    The New Normal holding on to 100% of its viewers is at least a promising start for the series. Whether it continues to hold steady when competition from the other networks start is yet to be seen. NBC has renewed shows with much lower ratings so I’m optimistic. Whether people like the show or not..people are talking about it which is a plus for NBC.

  • Sid

    Really happy for NBC right now. Although, I’m curious to see these numbers when every network rolls out their returning/new shows.

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

    sorry. i mean four not for.

  • Alex

    I’ll say this on the Up All Night comparisons being thrown around today

    Up All Night would have done a lot better had it not been isolated on the schedule but rather been given some actual support. You have to remember it was buried in horror that was NBC’s Wednesday night schedule last season and was for all intents and purposes a self starter in that 8PM slot against some relatively tough competition. Go On (and The New Normal) aren’t going to have that problem. They’ll be getting a lead-in from The Voice and I would imagine some serious promotional weight from NBC.

    The biggest mistake NBC made last year was sticking with Up All Night at Wednesday 8PM as long as they did. As soon as it became clear (so week 2 or 3) that Free Agents was dead and Whitney wasn’t working out of The Office Up All Night should have been moved to Thursday nights. That they waited until midseason just killed whatever momentum the show might have had.

  • steve

    Solid numbers for the voice if it can stay above the 3s i think NBC will be happy & id expect it to be adujusted up to a 4.0 in the finals

  • Greg

    I was expecting a 2.0 for Parenthood, but a 1.9 is fine and there’s the chance it grows on the final adjustments.

    Anyway, Parenthood is doing very fine by NBC standards and there’s no reason why we should be concern about it. As I already said, the show has its own audience by now and it’s a lot more likely that all of those new shows fail then Parenthood. We’ll see. I’m certainly expecting a fifth season and maybe even a sixth so it could reach the 100-episode mark.

  • TVDude

    I think Parenthood will be fine. It’s in the same range it was in last year. It’s not like it premiered 50% lower than it did last season. The number is OK, which the show has always had “OK” numbers. Before we say, “It’s going to get canned” we might want to see how things like Revolution, SVU, and Chicago Fire work out. My guess is that Parenthood will rank toward the higher end of these shows. Revolution will be a lot more top heavy than Parenthood will.

    The Voice held really well from Monday, that’s good news, I suppose. Go on is the first NBC comedy to hit above a 3.0 in a long time and the first scripted show since Smash’s earlier episodes. It looks like NBC might have won one finally. Now we’ll have to see how it holds up against ABC and Fox next week. I think it’ll be fine behind The Voice.

  • Sid

    Also, PTC/ NBC affilliates who refused to air The New Normal must be pulling out their head hair with anger at The New Norrmals’ ratings! :D

  • Justin121


    Up All Night aired out of the America’s Got Talent fianle and wasn’t previewed and repeated three (3) times before its premiere.

    I think there’s a very good chance that Tuesday Comedy Blocks turn out like this:

    #1 NBC
    #2 FOX
    #3 ABC

  • Sam

    There are some really deluded Britney fans on this site. Explain to me how a female, who’s last album couldn’t even sell 800,000 copies is going to cause a 5.0 demo tonight? Deluded to say the least. Britney lost her star power years ago.

    Fox should be worried. The Voice actually improved Tuesday from 8-9 over Monday.
    Had this been a 2 hour episode it would’ve gotten around a 4.5 average. NBC should really consider moving The Voice to Tuesday/Wednesday.

  • Ultima

    Failing to crack a 2 for its premiere opposite no broadcast competition is a disaster.

    Neat. I’m glad things are so black and white for you, but I’ll stick to reality-based expectations and interpreting things in context.

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