TV Ratings Monday: 'The Voice' & '90210' Down, 'Dancing With the Stars Up + Last Presidential Debate Numbers

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October 23rd, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.0/10 2.6/6 2.3/6 2.2/5 1.1/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share  3.6/10 2.1/6 x 1.7/5 1.0/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.244 11.265 7.90 7.444 2.717 0.927


Note: Last night’s Monday Night Football game (Lions/Bears) was simulcast on the ABC affiliate in Detroit. As a result, the ABC numbers may be a bit inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.

NBC was number one with adults 18-49, while ABC won with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice scored a 4.2, down six tenths from last week's 4.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,  Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars garnered a 2.4, up three tenths from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, MLB Baseball Playoffs scored a preliminary 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, but will definitely be adjusted in the finals.

On The CW, 90210 earned a 0.4, down two tenths from last week's 0.6 among adults 18-49. Gossip Girl was even with last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

The last Presidential Debate earned a 3.9 on NBC, a 2.8 on ABC and a 2.2 on CBS. However, national ratings for the Presidential Debate will be sustained by Nielsen as it ran without commercials.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, October 22, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice 4.2 11 11.95
ABC Dancing With the Stars: All Stars 2.4 6 13.20
FOX MLB Baseball (8-10PM) 2.3 6 7.90
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.1 6 7.75
CW 90210 0.4 1 0.95
8:30 PM CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 2.1 5 6.93
9:00PM NBC Presidential Debate 3.9 9 10.89
ABC Presidential Debate 2.8 6 10.29
CBS Presidential Debate 2.2 5 7.50
CW Gossip Girl 0.4 1 0.90

Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore. * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.6/2; "Nightline," 1.1/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore. * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2). * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • ingmarhappy

    Auch for the CW. AFter this season it’s goodbye to 90210 aswell. With GG gone aswell I expect Hart of Dixie to be renewed. Vampire Diaries gets an automatic renewal so I’m happy.

  • TV Host

    The Voice is still the top show of the night!~ :)

    It’s worth noting that the number of viewers dramatically decreased by the time of the Presidential Debate. Lol!

    It seems nobody gave a s*** on what they have to say!~ Lol!

  • alexis

    >>Did “The Voice” fall 0.6 points from last week

    Last night’s episode was a bit of a letdown. Not even the last pair of the contestants could catch my attention.

  • Hmm

    Maybe DWTS should be an hour all the time.


    The Voice half hours: 3.8 / 4.6
    So it’s still impressive, don’t be silly with comments that it’s finally on the decline when it’s not (at least yet).


    I think if CBS were smart the show that should air after the SuperBowl is 2 Broke Girls. Its one of those shows thats bubbling on the surface and would expose more people to the show. Anyone agree 2 Broke Girls as the post superbowl slot?

  • Dan

    Are the viewers for the debates right!?!

  • SPM

    Flop of dixir will be ar 0.5 or lower so dont expect a renewal there mahahahs

  • Michael

    @Alexjones, there’s no excuse in getting a 0.3 for a brand new episode, no matter what day of the week. There’s no justifying those pathetic numbers. With that being said, this has nothing to do with Nikita. 90210 and Gossip Girl having abysmal numbers, as per usual. Although, 90210 tends to fluctuate weekly.

  • Baqinardo

    Of course The Voice went down.
    Last week was 2 hrs. 2nd hr always rated higher -_-

  • MoveOn

    kinda strange that GG and 90210 had the exact same numbers????

  • Dave

    Yeah, Dan, only a combined 11 million people watched the debates on broadcast for the 9pm hour?

    And the ABC numbers will go down due to football.

  • Alan

    Same numbers for GG and 90210. Hope they get adjusted up!

  • AustinGriffith

    Go Giants!

  • Reward

    Thank God. Goodbye 90210. Trash is over on CW.

  • adanskiiiii

    The Voice is down since it was one hour, the last 15 minutes of the voice are usually a 5.0. I expect the Voice to be up tonight since it does better on Tuesdays than on Mondays (one hour wise)

  • Samunto

    Remember how ‘haters’ and most of us really expected a ratings drop once the blind auditions ended on The Voice?! It’s ratings are generally up. The steal element of the show is quite a success.

  • Anna

    CW should cancel 90210. The show still have 19 episodes to finish the story and I think this is enough. Almost nobody watches this anymore, it’s time to say goodbye.

  • MoveOn

    Anyone want to sign my petition to get SPM off this blog???


  • SJ

    Are those debate total numbers right? And did 90210 and GG really score the exact same number of total viewers or was it a copy/paste error?

    Though DWTS will likely adjust down a tenth, it’s still showing that more condensed, 1-hour telecasts in the 8pm hour rate better. If The Bachelor can also be whittled down to an hour, then I suggest ABC open the Monday 9pm time slot for a new drama. NBC has reality and CBS comedies and it’s not like Fox is getting anything done in that time slot so it’s wide open for a brand new drama. Make it happen, ABC!

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