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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  • were123

    Go On seems like a winner for NBC, The New Normal might as well just as long as it holds as tight as possible to its audience when competition comes next week

  • MattM

    Shocked at Go On staying strong. I gave up halfway through the second episode. Missed New Normal because my cable company sucks. I wonder if the shows flip-flopped timeslots if the ratings would be different.

  • rob60990

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

    They do but so do American Idol, X Factor, and Americas Got Talent.

  • Burr

    Tried to watch both Go on (or GOON… thank you Seth McFarlane) and New Normal. No, could not make it past 5 minutes for either show. I can’t wait for the singing “competition” shows to finally burn out, doing a good job of diluting each other.

  • forg

    And oh awful ratings for SYTYCD

  • FilmTurtle

    I am also unable to refer to “Go On” anything other than GOON. All credit to Seth MacFarlane, or the “SNL” staffer who wrote that joke.

  • forg

    Poor Parenthood though, it’s a good show but continues to struggle in the ratings :(


    @ SJ

    Glad you thought New Normal was poignant last night. I’ve been watching the show w/your prospective & you are so right on! Thanks for the input.

    @ Bee

    I agree also, New Normal & Go On both ratings wise & script wise have lots of room to grow + for NBC their ratings (so far) are fine.

  • Tyler

    Not too bad for Parenthood. Hopefully after how it ended and next week’s content, it will rise for the next episode!

  • Alex

    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!

    But worth remembering that this is what its doing without any real competition (and that it only managed a 2.5 out a Voice lead-in last week). The show doesn’t look particularly healthy and for whatever reason it doesn’t seemed to have grabbed the audience in the way that Go On clearly has. And in reality I think its the relative (early) success of Go On that’s doing The New Normal in. NBC has so little light at the end of the tunnel at this point that they have to go out of their way to protect what they have and they cannot afford to take the risk that The New Normal drags Go On down because people prefer to watch the solid hour of comedy on Fox or ABC instead.

    The test will be next week of course. It seems likely that New Normal will drop below a 2 next week and I’m not sure NBC can afford to keep it around if it can’t rebound. On the subject of next week Go On is becoming my pick to be the first show to pick up a full series order. Assuming it stays healthy next week (high-2) I’m guessing NBC go ahead and pick-up the back 9. And all things considered it should stay relatively healthy next week unless The Voice completely collapses opposite competition (and The X Factor clash last week suggests it won’t).

  • were123

    The New Normal had an episode after The Voice and only did a 2.5. Go On, instead made 3.4 and 3.3. So I don’t think it would be the same

  • Ultima

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

    Don’t forget about Up All Night. CBS is going with a full hour of The Big Bang Theory repeats tomorrow – I’m not sure if UAN can clear that hurdle.

  • UMGuy423

    @Forg – The Middle was preempted in Detroit for a local newscast about Michigan businesses. Last Man Standing was on though.

  • Mark

    New Normal dropping fast.

  • cc

    So after The Voice, NBC kept losing viewers, with basically little competition.

    Does anyone know if that 20/20 special is On Demand?

  • Ultima

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

    Yes. Last winter, the audition episodes averaged a 6.0 and for the rest of the season the show averaged a 4.4.

  • Ultima

    Does anyone know if that 20/20 special is On Demand?

    Should be available on abc.com.

  • Amy

    But the New Normal pilot was alreadly online for a while unlike for Go On when it premiered after The Voice. I think.

  • cc

    Agree @Burr.

  • Petar Ivanov

    So how long are these audititons….

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