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.

  • RG-X

    Wow – Parenthood 2.0 ! Well done!

  • forg

    awesome for Parenthood!

  • Vcoolwater

    I am happy for Parenthood. The show sometimes annoys me but it has a lot of heart.

    As for Hart of Dixie, hopefully it won’t get adjusted down. However for some reason Hart of Dixie get adujusted down while Vampire Diaries gets adjusted up.

  • RG-X

    The Voice has been lame with these finalists – the great aren’t sooo great. the best ones already left – the girl is the best that is left.

  • Jenny

    Hm… Raising Hope and New Girl only separated by three tenths of a point is interesting.

    Parenthood please adjust up in the finals! We already know you’re getting renewed, but you need a full season next season!

  • Oliver


    My guess is that the root cause is both shows starting late.

    When The Vampire Diaries starts late, it gets adjusted up, because its ratings are better than its local affiliate lead-in.

    When Hart of Dixie starts late, it gets adjusted down, because its ratings are worse than its local affiliate lead-in.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Oh, and look at what else is on CBS. H50? Vegas? Mentalist? (painfully) TGW? BB? NY? Elementary? It ain’t going anywhere for a long while.

    I don’t say that will be cancel this season but that is too much down. May be more than 20% down. When one shows for only one season is 20% down you start think how will be next season. And one more spin-off only will make tham worse. And again LA is almost againt nothing not MF, not GA, not OUAT, or RVN, the voice or AI.

  • Peter

    i feel like the CW should start using Could be Worse as their tagline

  • RG-X

    I predict Fox will stick with New Girl for the 5 seasons for the syndicated 88+ episodes— then cancel it.

    Raising Hope will get one more year.

    Ben & Kate gone – although I think the show is good – though “Ben” is over the top annoying.

    Mindy is still up in the air as far as how long it will stay on the air – I’m leaning towards renewed for season 2 then cancelled.

  • Ike

    @Ted Craig who said, “All those advertisers who paid top dollar for The New Girl must be thrilled it was beat by a Howie Mandel game show.”

    But look at the ratio of adults 18-49 to total viewers. This gives a clear indication of how young each show skews. Take It All skews much older, and advertisers won’t pay as much for that. New Girl skews very, very young, and advertisers will a LOT extra for that. I think we can surmise from the ratios that New Girl DESTROYED Take It All in adults 18-34. However, yes, New Girl is way down from its initial ratings last year. (Anti-disclaimer: I don’t like New Girl and I don’t watch any Fox comedies besides Bob’s Burgers. I’m just going entirely by the numbers here.)

  • JD

    Freddy, John A. has no life, and needs to find enjoyment in things such as low ratings for good comedy in order to feel better.

  • RG-X


    Yes – Parenthood = Needs a full season next year!!!!!!

    Come On NBC – a little more marketing please, like you did with this last episode.

  • Wright

    NCIS and NCIS:LA are both great shows. Ratings are down this year. I’m not worried about either of the them. Hope HOD rises in the finals.

  • NewEnglandMike

    While I really like “Vegas,” I will concede that it never caught on with the coveted 18-49 demo. And that’s a shame. But I still think it would have been better off on a Starz, Showtime, HBO, etc. so they could have made it edgier. With that cast, it certainly could have been better than “Magic City.”

  • bluejays

    @Petar –
    The facts are that all the nets are seeing a big decline in most of their broadcast shows this year. Some are subverting the trend but most are down. People can’t keep comparing numbers to previous seasons! If this seasons shows a fairly big across the board downward trend then all shows are down.

    As for Mike and Tracee. What do you mean by produce a huge hit? Firstly evidence shows that most new shows struggle and that older shows generally do better. Secondly if ratings are dropping year on year (which they are) you can’t expect a new show to get the numbers a show might have got five years ago. You’re not going to see new dramas getting high three’s and fours anymore. A hit is relative. A ten pm show on ABC that can pull a 2.4 would be a hit for them. See?

  • Ted Craig


    I’m not calling TNG a failure. But Fox is probably going to owe some advertisers at the end of the year.

  • TVDude

    This was a good night for NBC.

    CBS needs to find a way to keep its shows from falling though. Like all the networks, they’ve been falling too over the years. It can definitely become a problem if they’re not careful.

  • Bri


    “Every week people comment on individual shows without looking at the overall trend, and without looking at what the other shows on the same net, in the same time slot, are doing.”

    when it comes to the 9pm shows on CBS , NCIS: LA do well, in demo the average so far are:
    NCIS:LA 2.91
    Criminal Minds: 2.98
    Person of interest: 2.92

    So as 9pm show NCIS:LA is doing as good as POI and just a bit lower than CM. Nothing to scream at NCIS:LA being a dying show.

  • Charmed

    Goodbye Beauty & The Beast Season 2, Hello Hart Of Dixie Season 3!

  • Fred


    NBC is has improved from last season more than any other network. Not exactly struggling.

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