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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  • Mary

    I find it interesting how someone suggested replacing TNN with Community. I checked on Community ratings back in April. They had a total of 3 million viewers with 1.3 in the 18-49 category. As you can see TNN had 6.2 million total with a 2.2.

    I think NBC is going to stick with TNN for a while. I think it’s got an edgy, buzzy, controversial feel to it & they’ll let it run for a while to see if it can catch an audience. I think it’s a show like 30 Rock that won’t appeal to everyone but there’s an audience for it. A lot of Gleeks love the show already so it’s probably also skewing on the younger side of that 18-49 age range as well and advertisers love that right now.

  • JohnM


    Go On has actually aired 3 episodes – the pilot aired quite early (I think the olympic closing ceremony interruption correct or was that animal practice, dear PETA, shut up)

  • RG-X

    I will watch GO ON before I watch New Girl ever again – I used to Love FoX and hate ALL the NBC stuff – but NBC has

    and if I have nothing goin on – I’ll watch GO ON…that’s a lot of NBC for me.

    NBC has improved – but they still have a lot of crappy stuff though.

  • TomTheU

    Damn, Obama blew up Letterman’s numbers. He was great last night.

    Glad to see Go On doing well, the 97% retention is awesome this early even with the big lead-in. It’s a funny show, I’ll keep watching.

  • enes

    The New Normal it’s a great show, but not a show for NBC it’s audience is to older to understand the show !

  • Ultima

    plus it only confuses when it’s on

    My second favorite tile on Fan Excuse Bingo! “TV viewers are all as dumb as I am!”

    No one gets confused when a show airs because they’re repeating the pilot. Mostly because while doing so, they advertise the show’s regular timeslot because that is the entire point!

  • Brian


    Heroes revival next year please.

  • DW

    i dropped the new normal last night. hope it goes down. poorly written. on to the Mindy project. go Mindy.

  • Tony

    I like Go On a lot and am really enjoying New Normal. If the NN ratings decline, however, NBC should consider switching it with Up All Night, which I think would be a good companion for Go On. They have a similar tone and would probably appeal to a similar audience. UAN premiered well last year, but struggled when it was given difficult time slots, and paired with shows that appealed to different audiences. Paired with Go On, UAN might do very well again.

  • Ultima

    How many episodes has each show aired?

    Go On and The New Normal just aired their third episodes.

  • Michael

    -Hart Of Dixie, repeats well! I wonder if the show is going to gain some healthy gains, when the second season premieres.

    – The Voice is unstoppable, lets hope it continues next season (with new judges).

    – This season of Parenthood should definitely be the last.

  • Zach

    I’m really liking Go On a lot more than i thought i would. I was only going to watch it until New Girl came back but i think I’m going to stick with Go On and give up on New Girl. That is of course until Happy Endings comes back. It will be interesting to see the numbers for the first night all three air. I think Happy Endings could do really well out of DWTS and be in the mid to high 2’s. Thats just assuming because last Winter when it was airing alone on a night of repeats it was doing high 1’s low 2’s. So it has a loyal fanbase. That plus casual viewers could put it at a tie with Go On assuming Go On has stabilized by then. I can actually see both beating New Girl. New Girl fell hard in viewers at the end of last season (So did Happy Endings, but that was for a different reason). Overall i think 8pm will be really Neck and Neck between ABC, NBC, and Fox. 8:30 will be very different. Don’t Trust the B with get slaughtered. High 1’s if its lucky. Mindy will likely lose from New Girl but i can see it winning the time period with low 2’s. New Normal will stabilize around 1.7 to 2.0 making it a hit on NBC. Overall it will be a very interesting ratings race.

    On a side note i feel like Parenthood has a renewal locked up if it can keep these ratings. Even though it is lower rated, it is racking up for syndication. NBC made the mistake of only giving them one full 22 episode season, so now by the end of season four they will only have 68 episodes. A final full fifth season seems very likely unless it falls hard, and even then we are talking about NBC.

  • DamC

    I guess Go On’s and New Normal’s back 9s will more likely be back 11s!

  • Justin121

    Thanks of the replys.

    This was the second airing in their regular, Monday slots, though, wasn’t it?

    So 5.6, 3.4, and 3.3 for Go On.

    2.5, 2.5, and 2.2 for New Normal.

    Thanks again for the replys.

  • Joe

    The New Normal is in trouble. If it’s at a 2.2 with no competition there’s no way it’ll be able to stay above a 2.0 once everything else comes back.

    I think Go On still has about another full demo point to drop until its stabilized, but that’s still not bad for NBC. Should get a full season pretty easily and a second if it doesn’t collapse.

  • Zach


    I don’t want to be too optimistic, but i can see Hart of Dixie returning with almost 2 million viewers and a .9. Matching its series high from last fall. The CW was smart to have it launch the whole fall schedule. As much as Ringer/Secret Circle/Nikita fans like to pretend HOD is a flop, it was a solid performer last season and always grew out of its terrible lead in.

  • Oliver

    NBC won’t be putting Community or Up All Night in the post-Go On slot.

    Let’s get real: NBC will be using that slot to create new hits, not support dying old ones.

  • Sarah

    I’m enjoying Go On. I gave up on The Voice after last season, but maybe I should start watching it again.

  • Justin121

    I can’t fathom how some think New Normal and Parenthood’s low 2s / high 1s are not good for NBC.

    They are MORE than good.

    Just wait for a regular Wednesday or Thursday in October, November… May, and you’ll see why.

  • agnes

    “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.”

    The Voice beat just about everything ABC and CBS airing opposite it (NCIS, DWTS, TAHM, 2BB etc.) convincingly in its last cycle, I don’t see why it can’t do it again?

    Revolution against H50, Castle is uncertain – Smash only kept #1 in its time slot for 2 weeks against H50, but kept above Castle a lot longer. Who knows how Revolution will fare…

    NCIS:LA will easily win against Go On/TNN.

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