TV Ratings Tuesday: 'The Voice' Soars, 'Go On' Dips Slightly, 'The New Normal' Falls, 'So You Think You Can Dance' Finale Down

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September 19th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/9 1.6/5 1.5/4 1.5/4 1.4/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.4/8 1.5/5 1.4/5 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.705 4.625 3.626 8.765 6.280 0.634


NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49, while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice earned a 4.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 13% from last Tuesday's 4.0. Go On scored a 3.3 18-49 rating, down 3%  from a 3.4 last week. The New Normal garnered a 2.2 among adults 18-49, down 12% from last week's 2.5. Parenthood earned a 1.8  adults 18-49 rating, down 5% from last week's 1.9.

On FOX, the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance scored a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 7%  from last week's 1.5 but down 25% from a 2.0 for last year's finale on Thursday, August 11,2011.

On ABC, a two-hour 20/20 special The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time With Barbara Walters, garnered a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, the network's best non-sports rating in the time period since May 22, 2012.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, September 18,2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice 4.5/14 13.31
CBS NCIS - R 1.6/5 10.18
FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10PM) - Finale 1.6/5 4.63
ABC The Middle - R 1.1/3 4.18
CW Hart of Dixie - R 0.3/1 0.68
8:30 ABC Last Man Standing - R 1.1/3 3.85
9:00 NBC Go On 3.3/9 9.33
ABC 20/20 (9-11PM) 1.6/4 7.41
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R (9-11PM) 1.5/4 8.06
CW The Next - R 0.2/1 0.59
9:30 NBC The New Normal 2.2/6 6.20
10:00 NBC Parenthood 1.8/5 5.04


Via Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 4.0/10; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 1.1/6; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.9/7). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) trailed "Late Late Show" (0.6/4).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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  • jt

    the war of the 3 9pm comedies starts next week

  • Nadine

    Go On and New Normal still look pretty healthy to me.

  • John K.

    New Normal won’t last. It’s not even up against the other 2 comedies yet.

  • taylor

    new normal is not doing well

    strong for go on but against new girl next week it’ll drop to 2.5-2.8 or so i think.

  • forg

    Was ABC pre-empted by sports coverage in some markets? If not those are strong repeat numbers for The Middle and Last Man Standing!

    Go On hold on well!

  • taylor

    @ JT

    Happy Endings doesn’t premiere until Oct. 23rd. Only Go On and New Girl will air against each other starting next week.

  • Klaus


    With regards to The New Normal, the poor retention worries me, but I think it has a core audience, even if many Goon! viewers stay away from it.

  • rob60990

    “the war of the 3 9pm comedies starts next week”

    ABC isn’t premiering their Tuesday comedies until October 23.

  • Amy

    NBC comedies seem to be doing well. I think the New Normal will stabilize around those numbers.

  • alavenia

    Only one show at 10 pm? Where are the rest?

  • MoHasanie

    The Voice is doing great. Go on is still doing good, but not great considering the lead in. The New normal is still doing good for NBC standards.

    SYTYCD’s finale did bad as usual.

  • jt

    @rob60990 the first part of the war starts next week

  • Petar Ivanov

    Go On big. Love it. Love bad actor(as one hater cal him) Matthew Perry.

  • AO

    No surprises for NBC. How they do when real competition arrives is the big question.

  • Clarke

    The New Normal (which judging solely from the promos looks awful) is not long for this world.

    The only thing I watched last night was the 20/20 special. I am thrilled I Love Lucy won as the best television show ever, that show is a timeless comedy classic that any age group can enjoy. Wish we had more shows like that today.

  • rob60990

    “Was ABC pre-empted by sports coverage in some markets? If not those are strong repeat numbers for The Middle and Last Man Standing!”

    Both NCIS shows were up 4 tenths from last week. More viewers are returning to network tv with shows returning next week.


    Go On still over 3.0 & The Voice keeps singing

    New Normal & Parenthood eased only slightly

    ABC was all new w/ 20/20 last night

    CBS all new w/ Survivor & Big Brother 8-11 tonight


  • Sam

    If NBC can completely destroy “The X-Factor,” Maybe after one year NBC can just make “The Voice” a fall show when they need things to calm down. Leave “American Idol” for the winter and “The Voice” for the fall, and “The X Factor” cancelled.

  • Jay S.

    If GOON (my preferred title) can hang on to 70% of its current audience when the real competition starts, it’s a winner for NBC.

    New Normal is as good as dead.

  • Hamza

    Its a race between New Normal and Guys with Kids in which NBC comedy gets cancelled first.

    Go On doing quite well and Voice 4.5 at 8 PM! Extremely strong.

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