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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  • rob60990

    “NBC is doomed. CBS will win Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for sure. ABC will win Sunday and Wednesday.”

    I think NBC will still win Monday unless DWTS All Stars gains traction. CBS on Monday without Two & a Half Men is hard to predict. CBS will definitely win Tuesday & Thursday. ABC wins Friday. ABC sure as hell won’t win Sunday while NBC has football. Wednesday could be either FOX or CBS.

  • Ultima

    Parenthood needs 20 episodes in 2013-14 to reach syndication.


    Parenthood needs 20-X episodes in 2013-14 to reach syndication, where X is the additional episodes order this year. Sure, it may be zero. It might also be two, like last year, or more.

    This garbage about the declining episode orders of Parenthood is ridiculous. They order 16 episodes last season and 15 this season… why are people so worked up over an insignificant difference of one episode?!

    Networks bump episode counts for veteran shows frequently. They need flexability because they don’t plan out the entire season the previous May.

  • TVDude

    Good numbers again for NBC. Parenthood’s doing OK. It looks like it won’t be the highest rated drama on NBC, but the numbers are good enough for it to stick around. It will be hard to justify canceling it with these ratings and Rock Center at 10pm on Thursdays.

    The comedies are also doing OK. It will be interesting to see where they average at the end of the season. I have a feeling that NBC will miss The Office next season.

  • Joe

    To those saying NBC shouldn’t move any old shows behind Go On because The New Normal got better ratings – they got better ratings BECAUSE of the better lead-in. I’m sure if The New Normal was shoved to Thursdays at 8 it’d get a 1.3 too. Hell, I bet Go On wouldn’t do too much better. The hope would be that the shows could be boosted by being in a much better timeslot.

  • SJ

    Off topic:

    I wonder if ABC pushed the return of Suburgatory all the way to October 17 just so they could put it back at 8:30 at a moment’s notice if/when Neighbors flops and slot something new (likely How to Live with Your Parents…) in the post-Modern Family time slot.

    Nashville is the real question mark for ABC Wednesdays. If it hits, I can easily see them beating Fox on the night. Hell, I half-expect the hour long season premiere of The Middle to beat the first hour of The X Factor next week.

  • SJ

    I think all these “The New Normal is a flop” posts will subside once the grim reality of NBC’s Thursday comedy block sets in this week, especially if The Office isn’t even able to beat it… and then it’s off to next Wednesday with the sure-to-fail Animal Practice and Guys with Kids. Something tells me there will be some serious crow-eating by next Thursday at the latest…


    @ SJ

    I’m hoping The Middle will do the same next Weds at 8:00, Modern Family is a given @ 9:00

  • william

    parenthood was never given a real chance. it has always had to follow shows who’s demographic most like wouldn’t fit the show (first the biggest loser, and now go on, and the new normal), but that not even the number 1 thing that’s killing the show, it the fact that NBC gave parenthood ”A FAMILY SHOW” the 10:00 time slot. the only way that could work is if you put it on Friday night, and had a whole night of family programing, because we all remember ABC’s TGIF line up in the 90’s.


    @ SJ2

    And it’s the final season for 30 Rock & The Office which I think bodes extremely well for the future of both The New Normal & Go On

  • william

    I just want parenthood to last long enough so I can see max finish high school.

  • Christopher

    “[The Voice] 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 totally agree. I didn’t enjoy The Voice as much last season because Xtina was annoyingly bitchy and she and Adam were at each other’s throats. But this season is a complete 180 — all four judges are relaxed with each other and frequently hilarious. LOVE the banter between Adam and Blake — hell, Blake is funny with all of them. And the singing talent is WAY better. Definitely a must-see show this year.

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

    Hugo, you are so right! I was iffy on this show the first couple of episodes, but fell in love with it last night. The chemistry between the leads came together, Bryan and Shania were hilarious together, and racist Nana was toned WAY down. IMO, it was both funny and touching. Hope it stabilizes at these numbers…

  • s0303

    revolution is not a hit yet, for those who said it was…yes, it got a 4.1 for its premiere, but it will drop big next week…2.2 is good for tnn, but it’s not done dropping yet either…great for go on to pretty much maintain its ratings…the voice is doing much better than i thought it would.

  • CrimTV


    That’s exactly what I was thinking, compared to the crop of other shows on offer on Wed/Thu/Fri. The only comedies I see beating TNN are Go On and The Office (if it can stay up). Up All Night won’t, P&R’s higher rated episode will tie with The New Normal’s weaker episodes and Community and Whitney have no chance.

  • Zed

    I don’t understand why most of you think that if TNN fails, it’s going to be replaced by some of the old shows (by old I mean 2+ seasons). Have you seen how many comedies NBC ordered for this season? I’m pretty sure Community and Whitney will stay on Friday, and tbh it’s better for these shows to stay in that timeslot where anything above a 1.1-1.3 is considered good.

  • CrimTV


    I see NBC winning mondays for a while with The Voice, unless all the CBS comedies can crack 3.5 above. I only see 2 Broke Girls managing that most of the time with Partners possibly getting that for it’s first few episodes.

  • capslocke

    Go On is a hit, we can just say it now. It’s on NBC and has stayed above a 3.0 rating for 3 episodes. Yes, it has The Voice lead- in, yes it has no competition so far. But remember what network it’s on. Go On is a hit.

    The New Normal is middling atm, and honestly even though I love it I don’t see it stabilizing anytime soon, especially when starting next week it has some heavy competition starting (The Mindy Project/ DWTS/ NCIS: LA). TNN will most likely be picked up for a back 9, but somewhat undeservingly. But again, this is NBC here. They’re happy that’s it’s stayed above a 2.0 for 3 episodes.

    If NBC is smart, they’ll wait for the inevitable failure of Animal Practice and Guys With Kids, and move TNN to Wednesdays at 8. No need to waste the Go On lead- in. NBC has so many shows on stock this season there is little room for failure. For half-hours, they have Next Caller Please, 1600 Penn, Save Me, and Off Their Rockers. Throw Next Caller Please after Go On and Save Me after TNN on Wednesdays and there you are, 2 tonal matches to rely on. Because Go On and TNN, although tonal matches, obviously aren’t overlapping audiences.

  • CrimTV


    Do NBC want a risk and move a new comedy at midseason after Go On, but it doesn’t work out?

  • Colin

    New Girl is going to kill Go On, once New Girl starts next week, ima leave Go On and watch New Girl since New Girl is way way way funnier than Go On.

  • DryedMangoez

    Great for The Voice and Go On!

  • Kellix

    The voice ratings will go down after the auditions, it always happens.

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