TV Ratings Tuesday: 'The Voice' Flat', 'NCIS' Down, 'Parenthood' Matches High, 'Take It All' Grows

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December 12th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/7 2.3/6 1.6/4 1.5/4 1.3/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/7 1.3/4 1.4/4 1.5/5 0.9/3 0.5/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.123 14.252 3.827 3.390 4.103 1.250

NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice earned a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Take It All garnered a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating up 5% from a 2.2 for last night’s premiere. Parenthood notched a 2.0, up 11% from last week's 1.8 among adults 18-49.

On CBS, NCIS earned a 2.8 among adults 18-49, down 22% from a 3.6 on November 27. NCIS: Los Angeles scored a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating down from November 27’s  2.9. Vegas garnered a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 6% from a 1.6 on November 27.

On ABC, Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town notched a 1.7 down 23% from a 2.2 on Thursday, December 1, 2011.  Happy Endings scored a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 garnered a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 17% from last week's 1.2. Private Practice earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, matching last week’s performance.

On FOX, Raising Hope earned a 1.7 up 21% from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. New Girl garnered a  2.0 among adults 18-49, even with last week. The Mindy Project notched a 1.4, up 8% from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Hart of Dixie scored a 0.6, up 20% from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49. Muppets Christmas earned a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 56% from a 0.9 on Wednesday, November 30, 2011.

Broadcast primetime ratings for December 11, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice 3.5/10 11.31
CBS NCIS 2.8/8 17.51
ABC Santa Claus is Comin' to Town - R 1.7/5 5.64
FOX Raising Hope 1.7/5 4.03
CW Hart of Dixie 0.6/2 1.42
8:30 FOX Ben and Kate - R 0.8/2 2.27
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.6/7 14.97
NBC Take It All 2.3/6 7.35
FOX New Girl 2.0/5 4.24
ABC Happy Endings 1.3/3 3.28
CW A Muppets Christmas - R 0.4/1 1.08
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project 1.4/4 3.03
ABC Don't Trust the B -- 1.0/3 2.51
10:00 NBC Parenthood 2.0/6 5.71
CBS Vegas 1.5/4 10.28
ABC Private Practice 1.2/3 3.77


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," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy
> Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
> were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3;
> "Nightline," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in
> metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
> Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
> Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
> metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25
> markets with local people meters.


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.

  • Nikki

    ABC is just boring, with those Christmas Specials. I mean they only do good on certain days. CBS needs hella improvement their just getting by ratings.NBC surprising to me that they actually did better than most nets. FOX No comment

  • jt

    @Ted Craig New rates very good in L3 and the show has young viewers

    Glee and new girl was a good fit.

  • Oliver

    Interesting to note the Fox and ABC comedies didn’t benefit from the lack of NBC comedies. On the other hand, Take It All beat the usual NBC comedies across the hour.

    Parenthood has quietly turned into a genuine hit for NBC. Its ratings are very consistent and have pretty much held from year-to-year for the past 3 seasons despite long periods of being off-air.

  • danny94

    Yes Go Parenthood, NBC Give this show a 22 episode order!!!!

  • Matthew Thomas

    @taylor @Oliver

    My bad! The R wasn’t next to show when it was originally put up.

  • Samuel

    Oliver, considering ALL of Fox’s original comedies went up, I would say they benefited from no NBC comedies.

  • Reward

    HoD will adjust down in the final. Like usual. :D
    I’m sorry because I think it is a good show.

  • Ted Craig

    Also, guest stars seem to be killing TNG.

  • TimsDale4ever

    HE is such an adorable show — great writing and cast. I wish ABC would move it around some to see if it could get better ratings elsewhere.

  • Oliver


    NBC only has comedies in the 9pm hour. New Girl and Happy Endings were flat, Apt 23 was down two tenths and Mindy was up a tenth. No clear difference.

  • Mike D

    flop of dixie? i don’t think so. how come a tv series that steady in rating is a flop?? if you say B&B a flop, then i totally agreed but not for HoD.

  • Petar Ivanov

    NCIS franchise is dying faster than CSI series. And why in the hell CBS want one more spin-off of these when people are alredy tired of tham.

    NCIS still have couple of season…….at least 3 but NCIS LA is almost dead. One moe may be 2 seasons not more.

  • Ted Craig

    I don’t think advertisers are that excited about DVR numbers. I know many ads are still watched even then, but it lessens their impact.

  • kiber9

    @jt If New Girl is the premiere FOX comedy, it shouldn’t have to rely on a lead in, it’s 4M fans should know when its on.

  • Sel

    Half hours, somebody

  • Chad

    Happy Endings is such a GEM. Biggest mistake ABC ever made was moving it. At east it is holding steady with THE B in Apt continues to sink. C’mon Happy Endings!!!!

  • Petar Ivanov

    And its official Tuesdays is the WORST day of the week. NO ONE want to watch these shows. After the voice ennded even in sunday and friday will have better shows.

  • Chad

    How does Happy Endings do with the DVR crowd?

  • Mark

    NCIS was such a good episode last night, surprised by how far the ratings are falling.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “NCIS still have couple of season…….at least 3 but NCIS LA is almost dead.”

    I see your nonsense extends beyond POI chatter.

    NCIS is CBS’s #1 drama. NCIS:LA is effectively tied with Criminal Minds & POI for #2 drama. Neither of them are going anywhere.

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