TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Voice' Finale Up From Last Year; 'Happy Endings', 'Don't Trust The B' & 'Vegas' Tick Upwards

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December 19th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.0/11 2.6/7 1.6/4 1.4/4 0.8/2 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.4/11 1.4/5 1.6/5 1.1/3 0.7/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 12.051 14.850 3.822 4.156 1.931 1.441

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

On NBC, The Voice finale earned a season high 4.9, up a point and three tenths from last week's 3.6 and up half a point from last year's 4.4 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were a bit optimistic.

On CBS, NCIS earned a 3.3, up half a ratings point from last week's 2.8 among adults 18-49. NCIS: Los Angeles scored a 2.9, up three tenths from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Vegas garnered a 1.6, up a single tenth from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Happy Endings scored a 1.3, up a tenth from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 garnered a 1.1, also up a tenth from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Private Practice was even with last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for December 18, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NCIS 3.3 10 19.41
NBC The Voice -R 2.4 7 8.07
ABC A Charlie Brown Christmas -R 1.7 5 5.84
FOX Raising Hope -R 1.0 3 2.53
CW It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie -R(8-10PM) 0.5 1 1.44
8:30PM FOX Ben and Kate -R 0.8 2 1.98
9:00PM NBC The Voice (9-11PM) 4.9 13 14.04
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.9 8 15.36
ABC Happy Endings 1.3 4 3.18
FOX New Girl -R 0.8 2 1.75
9:30PM ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 1.1 3 2.55
FOX The Mindy Project -R 0.6 2 1.46
10:00PM CBS Vegas 1.6 4 9.78
ABC Private Practice 1.2 3 3.77

via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night: 

*	"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" delivered its strongest Tuesday
results in metered-market households (a 3.5 rating, 9 share) since
President Obama was a guest on October 25, 2011 (4.1/11).  Jay's
guests last night included Quentin Tarantino, LeAnn Rimes

*	At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.8/6 in
metered-market households) earned its highest Tuesday rating since
President Obama appeared on the April 24, 2012 telecast (1.8/6) and
matched its highest Tuesday result since March 2, 2010 (1.9/7) during
Jay Leno's first week back on "Tonight."  Jimmy's guests last night
included Tom Cruise, Judd Apatow, and musical guest Trans-Siberian

*	At 1:35 a.m. ET, "Last Call With Carson Daly" (1.1/4 in
metered-market households) scored its top Tuesday rating since April
24 (1.1/5).



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  • Joseph

    The voice dominated! Surprised abc didn’t do as bad as expected!!

  • Robot

    Great for The Voice. The repeat did awesome as well.

  • Dillan

    Wow, that’s really good for The Voice!

  • The Old Woman

    Wow, nearly 20 million folks watched NCIS. I don’t know why old geezers like to watch this show…

    NBC must be happy with The Voice performance in the fall.

  • Ted Craig

    Further proof programming HE against TNG was a dumb move.

  • hanp

    Woah! Fox comedies are really downnn…

  • silvit

    @The Old Woman

    Because they are old. And old people love their comfort food and keep the routine. My grandma used to do the same, always watching the same shows over and over again and never try anything new.

  • rob60990

    “Further proof programming HE against TNG was a dumb move.”

    Because a 1.3 is such huge improvement…

  • Steph

    I’m so happy NCIS is back up! I was a bit worried with The Voice season finale on last night.

  • senor chang

    called it, hahaaa.

    surprised that CBS and ABC were both up on the night, maybe having no FOX competition helped.

  • Adien

    You really cannot complain when you have 20 million viewers
    Glad to see scripted won the day in total viewers
    Wished ABC comedies performed better! This network has to retool quickly, DWTS is no longer a powerhouse and it has 3 hours to fill!

  • Steph

    @The Old Woman

    The “only old people watch NCIS” comment is getting a little old. It’s not even true. I know more people between the ages of 14-25 that watch it.

  • Observer

    Talking about old Geezers, aren’t the last of the Baby Boomers aging out of the demo in a year or two?? What will the lower absolute numbers of youngsters do to the ratings over time?
    Just wondering.

  • Tellitlikeitis

    Fox shows were reruns. Can’t you people read?

  • Wagner

    Bad new for ABC’s comedies

  • CrimTV


    Only one person actually thought Fox’s episodes were new

  • Chris L


    Who has said anything that implies they thought FOX had new episodes tonight?

  • Robot


    Do the math. NCIS got 3.3 demo with 19.41 million viewers. 3.3 is ~3.8 million viewers between ages of 18 to 49. Rest of them – 15.50 million are the OLD people or the kids (which is unlikely). So yes, NCIS is relatively watched only by the old people.

  • Tellitlikeitis


    Congrats on you mind reading skills. Mine differ.

  • Chris L

    Okay, besides hanp, but even still. It’s a fair comment to note that these reruns really tanked.

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