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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  • SVU: The Revolution


    Ncis la and 20/20 were both 2hrs last night.

  • June

    The Voice is getting stronger :)
    NCIS got great repeat numbers considering the competition.

  • Hugo

    If New Normal establishes at 1.8 or so NBC will by happy

  • Petar Ivanov

    What a season for the voice. And so many people was against two cycles. One more nice move from NBC CEO and all their team.

  • Raykov

    Well, I think they’re doing great for NBC standarts. I guess, we’ll see full seasons of both Go On and TNN. Parenthood didn’t fall big also. So there is hope for NBC.


    Damn on the Voice. It went from 4.0 to 4.5 from last week. This thing is soaring. IMO the coaches chemistry is just on fire this season. U can’t fake chemistry and these four have it in droves. I don’t know if its just season 3 and they know each other better. Their chemistry is golden it as good as the Randy-Paula-Simon years on AI when it was just flawless chemistry. Did the X Factor really end up helping the Voice? Or is the chemistry better than ever? Its crazy the show is hot right now.

    Go On looks like they are getting a full season renewel its a good show after the Voice. Its doing solid numbers. Its weird Go On and the Revolution are doing better than Smash after the Voice.

  • SJ

    …and by the time ABC does premiere its comedies, Fox’s will already be on a baseball-induced hiatus. I think the battle of the three comedy block probably kicks in the Tuesday after the election.

    I know that The Voice is still considerably lower than it was last season, but considering that it didn’t have a Superbowl lead-in this time around – and that it keeps growing week after week – NBC is probably happier with it now than last season. Solid hold for NBC’s sitcoms. Both had unexpectedly poignant episodes last night.

    Gonna be a looong season for Fox. Any chance they might end up last this season? I’m not sure how many hours of football they have (yes, yes, I know, the late-afternoon double-headers are pushed by 10 minutes, but how much can that really move the needle if they get like 6-7 of those games a year?)

  • Alicia

    As far as NBC comedies go..The New Normal looks pretty good to me. I mean I never thought it would be a show that would be this huge hit..but more of a show that has a steady core following.

  • Bee

    great numbers again for go on and the voice.
    and good ones for the new normal, which had its best ep. so far, for NBC standards.

    the new normal is not out yet. i think when NBC’s wednesdays and thursdays return, people will get some perspective. and if we live in a world where the horrendous whitney can survive in its timeslot and then move mid-season to air against american freakin’ idol and that too without a lead-in and survive, ANYTHING can happen.


    I think NBC will give the New Normal a chance. Ryan Murphy the Glee creator is attached. Its not going to be an out of the box hit but it got critical buzz. They should give it time it has potential.

  • RyanCanada

    The new normal would be find if it had the same spot as Go on, trust, if it was the other way around it would be the same.

  • Dude

    I do hope that The New Normal can hold on to those numbers but its doubtful. It’s a really great show but I understand that it’s not as accessible a show as Modern Family or GOON.

  • jt

    is it true the voice ratings go down after the auditions?

  • maya

    nbc has a very good season

  • Ram510

    The New Normal and guys with Kids aren’t that strong however I think it’ll be Animal Practice to get cancelled first, it’s just not good. Which is sad cause I like Labaine

  • Joshua

    Congrats NBC…

    as I said… The New Normal will fall more

  • Alex

    The Voice up week-on-week and building momentum heading into the return of competition next week. NBC has to be happy with that and feeling relatively confident that it’ll hold up OK next week.

    Go On continues to look strong. The real test comes over the next few weeks but again NBC has every reason to feel confident about it surviving. The New Normal looks less secure. Up against a full slate of competition NBC would be doing backflips about those numbers but its not. We’ll see what it does next week but it could get ugly. The question is does NBC hold on to Community for Wednesday night or move it to The New Normal slot?

  • SJ

    @Jay S.

    New Normal “as good as dead”?! Lol, seriously? It only dropped 12% from its premiere numbers and it’s on NBC, which has lower standards. And it wasn’t even the lowest-rated show of the night! But by all means, troll on!

  • rob60990

    The Voice at 8:30 had a 5.0 so the 3.3 for Go On doesn’t seem so impressive but if it can hold a 3.0 next week, I’ll be impressed.

  • Joshua

    remember… is all fantastic now… but NBC still has crappy numbers for the rest of the week…

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