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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  • Darcy

    I wonder how The Voice will do once DWTS returns Monday and Tuesday next week and also the CBS comedies and NCIS (the #1 scripted show) return. They haven’t faced their real competition yet.

  • Billy

    NBC has done well with their early premieres. It will be interesting to see how their programming does facing full competition next week.

  • Annie’sGotAGun

    I am happy for Go On, so far the only good new show from NBC this year.

  • Alex

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

    I believe Revolution’s pilot has been online for the exact amount of time that The New Normal’s was and it still managed a 4.1 out of The Voice on Monday. Fox released New Girl online early last season and it still pulled strong numbers for its debut. The effect of the early online releases appears to be minimal. And equally you have to ask if millions of people watched the pilot early online where the hell are they now? Its not like they’ve tuned in for episode two or three.

  • rob60990

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

    So was Revolution and it premiered to a 4.1.

  • Ultima

    So how long are these audititons….

    Four weeks; the last regular audition is Monday, 1 October and then they have a “best of” the following night.

  • Alex

    That The Voice held up relatively well against The X Factor when it was thrown into a new slot on short notice suggests that it’ll be OK. It may very well dip from the numbers we’ve seen this week but I don’t think NBC have any reason to be too worried. Plus lets not forget that The Voice did face Dancing with the Stars, NCIS and the CBS comedies last season. Its not like this is uncharted territory for it.

    The bigger questions for NBC will be how Revolution, Go On and The New Normal hold-up since they’re complete unknowns going into next week and actual broadcast competition. NBC could come crashing back down to earth next week in a very painful way. But we’ll see. I think Go On and Revolution will probably come out of next week looking OK at least. Revolution purely because its week two drop would have to be unprecedented for although the size of the drop could certainly provide cause for concern. New Normal will be the interesting one to watch I think.

  • Alex

    Four weeks; the last regular audition is Monday, 1 October and then they have a “best of” the following night.

    And that’s where the random Wednesday audition show last week came from…

    The best of is actually quite a good idea though given how many people they’re featuring. Gives them a good chance to refresh everyone’s memory.

  • Hugo

    By the way The New Normal last night episode was GREAT! They seem to be finding their path.

  • Oliver

    The New Normal looks like a bubble show to me. Slightly above average ratings for an NBC comedy despite being placed behind a huge lead-in and only being its third episode, with new shows being more likely to lose viewers.

  • Rob R

    I expect “Go On” and “New Normal” to get Back 9 orders after next week. Haters need a reality check. For NBC, this is back slapping, champagne-popping celebration time.

  • RG-X

    New Normal will drop even more next week when more premiers start – If it remains over a 1.9 – it will make it thru until mid season – but if it’s less than 1.9 then I think it will be the only season it has– if that.

    GO ON looks to stay the full season.

    VOICE is killing it – I noticed a rerun tonite just to tick off FOX & SIMON.

    Although X Factor is getting waay more hits on youtube of their artists than The Voice is. So it may gain fans when the competition starts so viewers can watch how it plays out.

  • Cory

    I must say I’ve been surprised by this NBC comedy block. I always watch pilots to see if they are any good, and both were decent enough but not special, but now I’m very much liking both shows, especially New Normal. Go On is funnier, but TNN is a better show, with a big heart. I’ll give some props to NBC for getting a jump on the season, because I would have been less likely to sample the second and third episodes if they had waited until next week when a bunch of shows are back.

    I have a feeling ABC’s comedy block is going to completely bomb here. HE could only seem to do well behind MF, I don’t see it as an anchor at all, and I think B in 23 will plummet faster.

    It’s going to be tough for me though, Happy Endings is one of the best shows on TV, and now I like Go On and New girl, so I want to see all 3 of the 9pm comedies, and the DVR can only do 2. That means I either have to watch the 3rd live on the TV in the kitchen, or wait and watch online later in the week. As for 930, New Normal will be watched for as long as it’s on, I’ll give B a few more weeks, as I enjoyed it sparingly in the spring, and I’ll sample Mindy Project as well since B isn’t on for a month yet.

  • RG-X

    NBC – Revolution is a hit – don’t over do it and rerun the premiere to death – plus it only confuses when it’s on –

  • Justin121

    How many episodes has each show aired?

    I’m aware of the following

    Go On: 3.4, 3.3

    New Normal: 2.5, 2.2

    So is it 2 or 3 episodes?

  • Luuis

    The Voice is going well. But I think X Factor will pass it .. Simon, Demi, Britney Spears and LA are giving a show of chemistry between them in the competition! the program is much better than last year! And The Voice is great too, but do not think they have the shine that the other jurors have. Britney sang live and will air today!

  • Gamer101

    Loving the Voice this season. Those are pretty impressive numbers.

  • DKD

    If there was a poll on who will win the “Go On” vs. “New Girl” battle next week, I would vote for Go On right now.

    New Girl did have a slow decline last season even if it was still a success. The last time it got a rating above a 3.3 was in February.

    As for “New Normal” vs. “Mindy Project”, I have to think about that. Both seem to appeal to more niche audiences. How Mindy does may depend on how New Girl does, but I see it losing audience from its New Girl lead-in.

  • RG-X

    @Cory –

    Breath man, breath!

  • PinoyTvCritic

    The X Factor has already been beaten!

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