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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  • Joseph A

    1st , So You Think You Can Dance , those were horrible numbers this year , not sure what can be done since Nigel really does not listen to the critique from the audience.
    Okay for those shows part of the Fall Season :)
    The Voice is doing great , amazing ratings , good respectful auditions, judges that are part of the moment but do not take away from the contestants. The Show should do great even with the other Networks launching their Fall Seasons next week.
    GOON , has much better ratings then I would have imagined but it should take a ratings hit next week when its up against New Girl, but can not see the show falling below a 2.0 by the end of the season.
    New Normal, has problem though, and will be below 2.0 next week, not sure how low but not seeing this getting an additional episode order.

  • peter

    abc sends its shows to die at tuesdays. so go on can succeed . if “Go on” keeps getting better , can succeed because comedies can add new people easier than dramas. and go on is a lot better than mr sunshine which seemed like a show that existed just because of mathew peerry and storyline was awful…

  • Steve

    SYTYCD’s season was definitely better than the prior two seasons (less focus on too-juvenile-to-be-interesting dancers…) And overall, the series is far more entertaining than any of the singing contests. But the ratings are definitely poor. I’m hoping Nigel made a deal with Fox to keep SYTYCD on the air in return to him coming back to try to save Idol.

    (And Nigel, first fail in your attempt to save Idol? Keeping Randy Jackson around. WTF???)

  • badman

    I just want to say that it is too bad that Parenthood has such poor ratings.. It is a great show, so authentic and so perfect..
    I hope it can last for at least one more season.. Last year was easy as NBC had real trouble finding a show at 1.8-1.9
    This season things may change for the best in NBC, but i really hope they will keep Parenthood..

  • Noname_Rex

    The “Yeah But Factor” for NBC is strong in this comments section today…

  • Travis

    My gut’s telling me that The New Normal will drop but still outrate 3/4 of NBC’s Thursday night line-up, both of its Friday comedies and probably both of its Wednesday night ones too. Mindy Project will take a chunk but Apt. 23 will not be a threat. It’ll probably be a full 22 order for Normal with its renewal chances on the bubble until the very end.

  • Maya Ayala

    The “New Normal” is ridiculous. It is filled with nothing more than idiotic stereotypes. It actually makes GLEE look like an intelligent show.

  • Texas44

    I hope the ratings for parenthood rise. I have a friend in Montana that has a grand son with aspergers and she never heard of parenthood, so she will be watching next week. I think this show is under advertised by NBC – it is a great family show. The writing and cast are great on this show.

    The new normal is very funny. I laughed so hard! Ryan Murphy is great! I love Nip/Tuck season 2 and 4 (created by Ryan Murphy).

  • stephen cerny

    really disappointed in the 2020 special. I love Lucy as favorite show. How reto and boring!

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