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.

  • Joe

    Fox needs to start showing Raising Hope a little more respect. All of their promotions seem centered on New Girl and Mindy, when Hope has been their most consistent performer.

  • gerry

    LOL @ Ted Craig

  • Nick

    Parenthood! So proud of you! Literally crushing the competition, it wasn’t even close. As long as NBC keeps ordering 15 episode seasons of this brilliant show, it’ll remain silently supporting NBC in a tought timeslot while watching everything crumble around it.

  • Anon

    We need a poll for how many more cast members from The Office will make appearances on TMP.

  • Parker

    Go Parenthood!! Last night’s episode was excellent, and I’m so happy that the ratings are this high. This little show has the best ensemble cast on TV (even though it’s always ignored by the Emmys and Golden Globes). Please, NBC, give it a full 22-episode 5th season!

  • peter

    cougar town after 1 year hiatus did better than happy endings and dont trust the b …. it got 1.8…
    but apparently cougar town was sent to another network and happy endings and dont trust the b were considered better…


    TBS thanks .

  • Franko

    So happy for Parenthood. So sad for Happy endings.

  • Hal

    Is anybody watching network tv anymore in the US? These numbers are anaemic by UK audience standards and that’s a population of 60 million people. Networks are really struggling here.

  • Bob

    Wow. You never give NCIS the picture when it does well so it does not surprise that you put them front and center on a day that they are down. Most shows would LOVE NCIS numbers even today.

  • Jon

    Lol @ the people who say NCIS is losing it’s steam, every good show has it’s off days in the ratings. Actually quite the opposite is true, NCIS ratings over the past two years are as big as they have ever been, infact one could argue the show is still gaining fanbase rather than losing it

  • CrimTV


    FYI scoring a 2.5 on NBC (Go On) is not a low-rated comedy, and it’s the highest rated NBC comedy, and The New Normal is the 3rd highest rated NBC comedy.


    I always find Tuesday ratings to be one of the lowest of the week, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Mondays look better.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “NCIS ratings over the past two years are as big as they have ever been”

    That is what, in the TV business, is known as “making stuff up”.

  • Herb Finn

    It’s interesting that ABC ran “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town”, as for several years it didn’t run on network television – at one point it was syndicated and then later ABC Family ran it.

  • Freddy Arrow

    “” NCIS ratings over the past two years are as big as they have ever been”

    That is what, in the TV business, is known as “making stuff up”.”

    I don’t know about this year, but relative to the rest of primetime shows, NCIS’s ratings have gotten better just about every year, including the last 5 seasons.

  • ToXiX

    Why did Fox even bother airing a B&K repeat when everything else was new.

    Could have gotten a 1.1 instead of 0.8 FOX

  • sally

    i watch NCIS and NCIS LA, thats the only network shows i like on Tuesday night. i dont watch ABC or NBC, i watch CBS drama shows, i watch mostly cable shows

  • Jamey

    Thanks for the info on NCIS:LA. I don’t watch the original NCIS but do watch LA, which I enjoy very much! Between holiday parties and expecting scripted series to be moved to the wayside for specials, I do not see things live as much this month to count in the ratings.

  • Overdamoon

    Those NCISLA numbers make CSI’s ten pm numbers of 2.5 or so look brilliant!

    Hoho!! H50 almost hit NCISLA’s rating! Doing a happy dance.

  • Overdamoon

    @ Tracee

    “Firstly evidence shows that most new shows struggle and that older shows generally do better.”

    Well, not sure if that’s true. As in the case of Hawaii 5-0, it did better and now it’s in it’s third season and is struggling mightily. POI on the other hand is doing pretty well high 2s and low 3s and still retaining its viewers from last year.

    POI is decent, but I wouldnt say it’s doing well for a 9pm primetime slot, particularly with TBBT and 2.5 Men lead-in. H50 and the other CBS shows on Monday were hurt by the loss of 2.5 Men as well as from the increased completion from NBC.. As for the total number of viewers, they’re low for all Monday CBS shows across the board. HIMYM got less viewers than the others.

  • Nicole

    Go Parenthood!! Last nights episode was awesome, one of the best ive seen so far. I hope it gets adjusted up, but if it doesnt 2.0 is still damn good. Season 5 here we come. Cant wait for the rest of the season to air. On a side note Dixie sucks every week, poor CW. They should bring back OTH that was getting better ratings in its 9th season, HOD is only in its 2nd and its terrible ratings are getting worse and worse. Bye bye HOD. It shouldnt of been renewed in the first place. I still think the CW should think about only having 2 nights of tv, they only have 2 good performing shows on the whole network, air them on the same night and get rid of everything else.

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