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.

  • Melissa

    What the hell happened to NCIS?

  • Lauren


    “its terrible ratings are getting worse and worse” WTF????

    You cleary don’t know what you are talking about. If you want terrible ratings, look at Nikita, Gossip Girl, 90210 or Emily Owens.

    HOD has been really steady since the premiere.

  • Vicky

    NCIS numbers, while quite good for a tv show, has been showing a trend of lower numbers. It can be directly traced back to its reliance on romance rather than sticking to its quirky humor while solving cases with dead petty officers in Rock Creek Park. The show runners are listening to the fans too much and not writing a quality show. (Yes I know some of the episodes have been outstanding, but the promos keep focusing on the romance, making NCIS a soap opera instead.)

  • Michael

    NBC got lucky with “The Voice” and then scheduled it well to crush “X Factor” following one bad decision after another (e.g. firing Cheryl Cole, Hiring Paula Abdul, hiring/firing Steve Jones, horrific choreography, over-powering sets, hiring a catatonic Britney Spears and annoying Demi “Who?” Lovato, hiring bland Mario Lopez and Khloe J. (the worst host in TV history) and too little of the old Simon, and way-too-much plastic surgery on the new one. But other than “The Voice,” the NBC brain trust has no taste and is completely out-of-touch. They’re killing “America’s Got Talent” and “Take It All” is the latest example of incompetence. It’s DOA – a huge failure out of the gate, creatively and ratings-wise. The show is cheap looking an poorly produced.

  • Josh

    Way to go Parenthood. Such a great show hope it gets renewed for another season and I hope Amber can find love or that Ryan gets the help he needs. I’m not a fan of Hank (Ray Romano) with Sarah, but we all knew Jason Ritter was working on another show. Keep up the good work and I hope we get to see more of Hattie in the last new episodes of this season.

  • Nicole

    Lauren i do know what im talking about.. they already cancelled Emily Owens so that shows irrelavent now. And the CW wont cancel 90210 they always give their long running shows short final seasons to say goodbye. And Gossip girl is ending this year so that show isnt relavent either. The only ones you listed that actually matter is Nikita and thats been around for 3 seasons so it has a shot to be renewed because its close to syndication, but i dont see it happening. Heart on the other hand was bad last season, its ratings were laughable, and this year it started off bad and got worse. It picked up a little in the last 2 weeks or so but its getting worse and worse. It should of never been renewed, it wont be this year. Just because you like the show doesnt mean im wrong dear.

  • Hugh

    Damn NCIS! :(

  • Kate

    NCIS usually gets around 20 to 19 million viewers this time of the year,and right. I’ve never seen 17 or 16 million viewer TV ratings in about 5 years on this show for November & December. And there’s going to be a Ziva|Eli arc come January I highly doubt that the ratings will climb for those 2 episodes since the fans can’t stand Ziva’s father, the last Eli 2 part episode with Vance 2 seasons ago was a flop and I lurk on the IMB NCIS board a lot of people are tired of Ziva’s character and the never ending soap opera with Tony.

    It’s suppose to be a procedural drama, solve the crime, everybody’s private life stays private. To many family members and guest stars of the week, now Curtis’ Dr. Ryan was a major flop last season. Besides the show is 10 years old it can’t go on forever. And as great as it is or was, it never ever got the ratings that CSI got during Peterson’s run as lead actor. 26 Million viewers tuned in week after week on Thursday nights with a tougher TV line up. NCIS has had it pretty easy the past few seasons, ‘The Voice’ is finally giving it competition.

  • Lauren

    @Nicole “Just because you like the show doesnt mean im wrong dear.”

    LOL! Cleary you hate this show. So, just because you hate the show doesn’t mean you’re right DEAR.

    CW itself said it has been its best tuesday for three years (Melrose Place, Life Unexpected and Ringer) Ratings have been steady for two years, that’s why they renewed the show and cancelled Secret Circle and Ringer, probably the same way the will cancel Beauty and the Beast. Of course, they are a little down this year (same for ALL the shows), there are NCIS and The Voice.

    So, YES, cleary, you don’t know what you are talking about.

  • Nicole

    Lauren.. ive noticed your a fan of the show, and when someones a fan you cant talk reason with them so i wont bother. We will see when may rolls around which shows last and which dont.And Heart will probably be on the cancelled list, which is where it belongs.

  • Nicole

    And also Life Unexpected pulled the same kind of ratings.. actually i believe in its first season the ratings were better then hearts. That was a pretty good show too. Sadly it didnt last long, thats the CW for ya though.

  • Tracee


    Hmmm. I think POI does very well considering it really drops off at the 10p hour. Running between a 2.9 – 3.2 considering it runs again Grey’s? That’s darn good and I know the total viewers do not matter but it also ranks high in that category. As for the lack of numbers for Monday over on CBS, viewers just aren’t into the whole CBS lineup now. HIMYM is getting long in the tooth and H50 just lost a LOT from year to year instead of going up. Not good.

  • Sharon

    Parenthood and Private Practice are two of the best shows on tv.What is wrong with you people that you want to cancel Private Practice?

  • eli15

    Go hart of dixie!!! Great episode

  • eli15

    nicole you don’t anything ! Please see the numbers…

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