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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  • SJ


    Brothers & Sisters also runs on ReelzChannel in addition to SoapNet. (I know I’m basically making your point for you, but still… ;)).

    I think it’s way too early to be talking about moving The New Normal. 66% retention isn’t that bad. It bought Cougar Town 2 seasons behind Modern Family and it got 30 Rock like 4 seasons behind The Office. It would be an entirely different thing if Go On was in mid-4s and TNN in high-1s. But a 2.2 rating (yes, it probably won’t keep it, but then again, neither will Go On keep that 3.3) isn’t bad, especially for any network not named CBS.

  • Raykov

    I’m pretty sure Parenthood will get a fifth (and probably final) season which will be 15-18 episodes like last ones and will run again in the fall to the end of January.

  • Allen

    LOL New Normal. Sad.

  • CD

    After yesterday’s episode of The New Normal, I’m done (although I was only planning to watch a few eps). The Pilot of ok, the 2nd ep was great, but the 3rd was terrible. However, what put me off the most was how annoying one of the gay father is (the taller more feminine one; don’t know his name). In Modern Family, the 2 gay dads are cool and funny. In TNN, the shorter dad is cool and ok, but the tall one is freaking annoying. I actually want to punch him in the face.

    Other than that, this “comedy” just isn’t funny at all and the story isn’t very intriguing.

  • mc

    I just started watching The New Normal last night…I hope it doesn’t get cancelled.

  • Tyson

    Parenthood needs 20 episodes in 2013-14 to reach syndication. NBC ordered fewer than 20 episodes last year and this year. The same situation (limited repeats, make room for another show) will be there next season. The ratings aren’t likely to increase much, if at all.

    Sure, Sony will do what it can to get Parenthood to 88 episodes. However, the syndication prospects are poor. If NBC doesn’t want to air repeats, why would potential syndicators be interested?

  • Front Loaded

    A 3.3 out of a 5.0 in The Voice’s 8:30pm half-hour is quite the bit of bleeding compared to last week for Go On. This show is clearly gonna live off of huge lead-ins like The Voice and the Olympics.

    The New Normal is doing exactly what I thought it would be doing and that’s slipping badly. With competition entering in next week this show will look real bad next week and may slip under a 2.0, what a fraud this show is.

    ABC comedies repeated well at 8pm.

    Can’t wait to see what NCIS, LA, and New Girl all do next week.

  • Oliver


    it got 30 Rock like 4 seasons behind The Office.
    We’re all operating under the assumption NBC’s new management makes less insane decisions than the last lot.

  • Oliver


    it got 30 Rock like 4 seasons behind The Office.

    We’re all operating under the assumption NBC’s new management makes less insane decisions than the last lot.

  • Alex

    NBC produces the show and is completely aware of its episode count. I just don’t buy this argument at all.

    Universal Television (alongside others) produce the show not NBC. They might be owned by the same parent company but they aren’t the same company and don’t always have aligned goals or aspirations. The purpose of NBC is not to get Universal productions to syndication and if it were then we’d have seen larger episode orders for Parenthood in previous seasons. The problem, as I’ve said previously, with this ‘owned by the same company’ argument is that it misses out some of the economics that make this work.

    There has to be a belief that the syndication value is not only great enough for Universal Television (and others) to make back the money they’ve already invested into the show but the increased investment that would be required on their part to offset whatever reductions to the license fee NBC would need to make the show palatable to them. Equally NBCU would have to believe that the syndication value is great enough to offset whatever loses NBC has already made or will make from airing the show. Another 20 episodes of Parenthood would not only cost NBC the license fee but judging by its ratings already they’d likely lose money on that license fee. Unless it was discounted to an incredible degree.

    Also this idea that NBC don’t want to air repeats of Parenthood is flawed. Repeats are where shows make money and turn a profit for the networks. That’s why shows that repeat well are so highly prized among the networks.

  • Front Loaded

    I noticed Parenthood has looked consistent the last couple of weeks.

  • Ultima


    I’m not sure how I can make this any more clear…

    NBC Universal produces Parenthood!

    Yes, the production studio and broadcast network operate independently, but they have shared ownership and they work together. Virtually all of NBCU’s programs air on NBC and the bulk of NBC’s lineup is produced by NBCU.

    You’re acting like they’re working towards separate goals and there will be a big fight to keep Parenthood on the air so that it can be sold into off-network syndication. That’s complete nonsense!

  • william

    I can’t believe no one brought this up before me, but go on, and the new normal are killing parenthood. I hope both of those shows get pushed back to 10:00, or they get canceled. out of those three shows parenthood should have got a direct lead in from the voice. parenthood has always been compared to modern family, and called a lesser version of modern family by critics, but one show is a comedy, and the other is a drama, and it’s probably the only family drama currently on television.

  • CrimTV

    If Happy Endings was renewed after it’s poor retention from Modern Family, The New Normal has a fighting chance to survive, just because it’s not the networks new no.1 comedy, doesn’t mean it won’t be a contender for 2013-14.

  • chrisss

    @ william

    How are Go On and The New Normal killing Parenthood when it’s getting pretty similar ratings to what it got last year?

  • Ricky

    And while Go On goes down very slightly, TNN has a four times bigger drop. Al we need is another string of 10-15% drops and bye-bye Ryan Murphy misbegotten crap!

  • Stefwhit

    Yeah there was a slight dip for the New Normal but those numbers are fantastic. Those wishing for an early dimise will need the numbers to plunge a lot more because if the show can stabilize around those numbers it ain’t going nowhere!

  • Ultima

    Also this idea that NBC don’t want to air repeats of Parenthood is flawed.

    It’s not an idea, nor flawed – it’s a statement of fact.

    The show has aired a total of four repeats in its timeslot and hasn’t aired outside of Tuesday 10pm since the second season’s premiere.

    Repeats are where shows make money and turn a profit for the networks

    Indeed. And yet NBC knows that they can’t/won’t be repeating Parenthood, yet they continue to renew it. Hmmm.

  • bob

    I can’t wait to see CBS drop kick NBC back to reality. I can’t believe all the bragging NBC has been doing with ZERO competition. Seriously, they are the lowest ranked network and as soon as Monday night begins, NBC is doomed. CBS will win Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for sure. ABC will win Sunday and Wednesday.

  • Mary

    I think The New Normal is an interesting show, the acting is good and adds something a little different so I hope it stays on and is given a chance. Compared to other NBC comedy shows, it seems the ratings are pretty decent. No matter what NBC puts in that time slot it would face tough competition from NCIS LA anyways so i don’t see a benefit in putting out another untried comedy there.

    I DVR Parenthood and will watch it for as long as it’s on. For some reason i was annoyed that they added Ray Romano to the cast and heavily advertised the show with him. I think that focus just made the show seem a bit old & tired. If they’d return to focusing on the characters people have enjoyed on the show, then maybe they’d start attracting more viewers.

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