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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  • Honey Badger

    final ratings for NBC The Voice (9-11PM) , will adjust up to 5.0

  • TheFollowing

    Please indicate Amanda that Fox is on repeats. Some people don’t know the meaning of -R.

  • I LOVE TV!

    Raising Hope rerun topping a New Girl rerun… That’s weird

  • Samunto

    Imagine the series lows Idol will hit!

  • CrimTV


    Obviously I meant only one person COMMENTED that they thought the Fox comedies were new


    Isn’t it ironic that shows rose against The Voice when it was up 1.3 from last week :)

  • Oliver

    The Voice remains a monster.

    Shame about HE/A23. Then again, the fact they increased, despite the holidays and a huge The Voice does demonstrate there are scheduling issues with the other comedies. Afterall, repeats of RH/B&K wouldn’t normally beat repeats of NG/Mindy.

  • Tellitlikeitis

    @I Love TV

    Is it possible that maybe it’s because RH was against The Voice rerun instead of the actual season finale?


  • Steph


    That’s just talking about the people who watch it live on tv. That doesn’t include the people who watch it in other countries, the people who download episodes online, watch it on itunes, netflix, and hulu. A lot of young people as you like to call them are watching more and more shows online. It’s ridiculous to say the entire fanbase is made up of “old people”

  • Patty

    NCIS, 20 million viewers, nice!

    No comment on the ‘old people thing’, which is a really ‘old’ comment, if you get what I mean. But I’m only 20, and I’m totally obsessed with the show, just saying.

  • Steph


    It wouldn’t surprise me. Especially when they put Nicki Minaj as a judge. Not the best way to bring in viewers. I was into it when Mariah signed on, but they lost me with Nicki.

  • Samuel

    Hmmm… Is this any indication of how high X Factor should go tomorrow night?

  • Tellitlikeitis


    Were all the Fox shows last week reruns? If not that could account for ABC’s slight rise.

  • Juan

    Happy that abc comedies at least up, and with huge competition from NBC, do think that it’s composition from 2 other strong comedy hours, it’s just bad scheduling, I hope they see this

  • ToXiX

    Fox should keep Ben & Kate instead of Mindy considering it did match New Girls repeat numbers.

  • Honey Badger

    NBC The Voice (9-11PM) 4.9 18-49 Rating 14.04 Viewers Live+SD (million)

    how will Fox The X Factor do?

    how will Fox American Idol do?

  • Dan

    Yeah, Vegas will slowly burn through it’s remaining eps and then die, same with ABC’s entire Tuesday lineup. Maybe if TBS saves Happy Endings, they can pair it with Cougar Town. Both shows make a god pair together.

  • TimsDale4ever

    I’ve fallin’ in love with HAPPY ENDINGS. Apparantly I’m all alone in this. Cute show with a great, talented cast.

  • Usher

    The Voice usually adjusts upwards in the finals (no pun intended), so might happen again later. I hope it get’s adjusted up to a 5 or a 5.1

  • Tyson


    Those “other” people you mentioned don’t count because they aren’t watching the same American commercials that those watching live are seeing. Therefore, advertisers won’t pay for them.

  • Ted Craig


    Baby Boomers have been out of the 18-45 demo for several years. Most of that demo is under the age of 30.

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