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.

  • Wagner

    TMP pulled a 1.0 or 1.4?

  • jt

    @kiber9 it’s only in it’s second season. BBT had to be protected by 2 and a half men before it was given it’s own night.

    Fox made a mistake separating new girl from glee….

  • senor chang

    FOX: great for Raising Hope, New Girl did fine considering it had a repeat as a lead-in. Mindy not looking great, though.
    NBC: all-around strong, didn’t expect Take It All to rise, and stunning for Parenthood. ratingswise it’s very underappreciated but it’s been doing solid numbers in the slot for years.
    CBS: WHOA. what happened to NCIS?!?! the other two weren’t down by very much, but wow at a 2.8 this early in the season…
    ABC: eh, at least nothing crashed.
    CW: CW

  • michelle

    As some others have already said, I am very surprised by the 9-10pm FOX/ABC comedies (New Girl especially). So much for the theory that having 3 comedies airing against each other is what’s hurting the ratings.

    Happy for Parenthood. It’s possible it got a bump from Take It All, though Parenthood isn’t really the kind of show you can just jump into as a casual viewer. I haven’t been able to watch it yet, but the previews made it look like one of the main characters might die, so I wonder if that’s partially responsible for the bump with more people wanting to watch it live vs. delayed on a DVR.

  • jt

    2Ted Craig L3 RATINGS count.

  • Dan

    ABC comedies are always weak, that shouldnt surprise anyone.

    Wow at Parenthood beating Vegas when Vegas has a better lead in. Vegas is definitely getting cancelled in favor of the new NCIS LA spinoff while Parenthood should get a full fifth season next year.

  • jt

    i don’t understand what fox was thing with this 8pm hour. It would been better to put new girl at 8 instead of putting 1s rating shows

  • Selah

    Hope HOD doesn’t get adjusted down. It was one of the best episodes and I couldn’t help but wanting to repeat the ending like 5 times ha

  • CenterGravity

    I don’t watch Parenthood, but I’m glad to see those good numbers for fans of the show. What happened to NCIS?

  • kiber9

    @JT With the amount of advertising Fox is throwing at NG, it should be doing better in its second season. It gets ads every 5 minutes on weekend football and during the week too. There was a time when I never changed my dial from Fox, now I only watch one show, and its not New Girl.

  • Mi

    I don’t watch anything in Tuesdays.
    On Sundays I have Once and Revenge, on Mondays Bones and Revolution, on Wednesdays Arrow and SPN, on Thursdays TVD, and on Fridays Grimm, but on Tuesday? nothing..

  • Oliver


    Fox made a mistake separating new girl from glee…

    Fox should move Glee back to Tuesday 8pm in January and move the comedies after Idol. It could potentially boost all three hours of programming.

  • svpike

    what NCIS was on last night????? i thought is was mid brake like other shows.

  • bluejays


    To be fair to CBS when they ordred the spin off they were probably going on last years numbers which were still huge for NCIS and okay for its time slot for NCISLA.

    And I agree that NCIS LA is weak this season but so is POI and so is Criminal Minds. POI has a huge drop – bigger than any other nine pm show – from the comedies before it, the sort of drop you normally see wtih the ten pm hour.

    I’ve been saying for a while now that CSI really is doing very well. I think it’s doing great for its time slot, and because the ten pm shows generally do pull much lower numbers than earlier shows due to DVR impact, then CSI numbers are even more impressive.

  • Mike

    NCSI was a huge megahit for CBS , but the show is getting old , losing steam, as usually happens, and the rest of the night suffers. And NBC finally getting something decent is speeding this.
    CBS is in trouble because they have not being able to produce any new megahit in at least 3 or 4 years. So they have nothing to replace NCiS or even CSI, that would has been canceled time ago if CBS would had been able to get anytthimg good, and not just mediocre performers.
    If things continue this way, NBC will be in the top and CBS will go to 3rd place in the demo. I have been reading future pilots and CBS is all of the same, boring procedurals, while NBC and FOX have better looking new shows,. :)

  • jt

    @kiber9 do you watch new girl? if you did maybe you would see how much product placement the show has.

  • Petar Ivanov

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

    Sorry my friend. You miss the trand. NCIS LA started well and from there is only dowm like a rock. Way too big drop and too fast drop. I guess is MORE THAN 20% down from last season. And NCIS is still #1 but way too much down too. ALso NCIS and CM are old and expensive. Only one of the NCIS stars make 700 000 per episode. For CBS will be much better to fill this spots with new shows wich as you know until season 5 or end of original contracts are cheap for networks and production companies.

    Again as i said NCIS still have a live in it(at least 3 more seasons) but end is closer and closer. And if LA continue to go down CSI will be with better ratings. And the most strange thing is that tuesday is the best day for these shows – no big network competition(other networks are even in weaker position) no footbal, nothing.

    ps NG is the surprise of the season no doubt. Unfortunately in negative way. I am almost shocj with NG ratings and even viewers. It was second best show after 2BG way ahed befoe POI and ONCE and now the two dramas are with better demo than comedy – shocking.

  • Ted Craig


    They don’t count enough to warrant the rates. You want Modern Family money, you need MF numbers.

  • POI

    @Matthew Thomas

    Ben and Kate episode was a repeat and its much much better than the suckie Mindy Project and if it gets its timeslot i assure you it will improve alot.

  • jt

    “ps NG is the surprise of the season no doubt. Unfortunately in negative way. I am almost shocj with NG ratings and even viewers. It was second best show after 2BG way ahed befoe POI and ONCE and now the two dramas are with better demo than comedy – shocking.”

    None of those shows has a 8:30 lead in that gets 1.3s….it still does well in the live 3 rating which is important.

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