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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    WOW the Voice did really well in its finale. It didn’t do Idol finale numbers but what does. Those are great finale numbers as it scored highest ratings of entire season for finale. I remember everyone dogging NBC using the Voice for the fall but it was totally the right decision. Those are great numbers as most likely it will uptick to a 5.0 in the finals. The best thing the Voice had in season 3 is the coaches chemistry was on fire, the battle rounds were really fun with the steal, the knockout rounds rocked it and they had better Live shows this year which resulted in more empthasis on us getting to know the contestants. I feel we got to know the contestants alot more this year. The final 3 were a strong group coupled with the fact of I think the Voice might have a superstar winner in Cassadee this girl has killed the itunes charts she is very popular and Blake did something great with her he got her in the country pop realm. I really kind of was sad last night seeing the coaches sing one last time together as Christina/CeeLo will be out next season. I am really wondering if the show will fall with Shakira and Usher. It looks like a completely different chemistry from their promo together. I didn’t see the magic chemistry of the original four. Honestly I wish NBC would keep the Voice as a fall show move AGT to spring. Anyways great way to end a season for the Voice.

  • Networkman

    Private Practice had a very strong and emotional episode. I really don’t even care about the ratings for Private Practice since this is its last season. But I’m just happy about the quality of the program. I’ve always been able to connect more with this show than Grey’s Anatomy. Kadee Strickland was brillant.

    Congrats to NCIS. I would really love for Person of Interest to have NCIS as its lead in next season. I do believe it would be able to constantly have over 3.0 demo. Also I believe its viewership would grow. It would be more compatible with it than the comedies on Thursday. Also it wouldn’t have to compete with Thursday Night Football.

  • Mon

    20-year old named (or chose the name) Patty. Well that’s a first! :D

  • Rsl

    Surprised HE & APT23 didn’t drop considered what week they were on (almost no shows are still showing new episodes this close to Xmas) and being on against The Voice, which is a much bigger threat to them than the FOX/NBC combinbed.

  • Usher

    I love how a repeat of The Voice get’s higher viewers than a regular X Factor ep.

  • BigBrotherFan

    more people likely watch THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW than APT 23 and thats sad because its a decent show. Hope that HAPPY ENDINGS gets a sympathy 4th season.

    Fox is a mess! those numbers are horrible even for repeats.

    Vegas is done and to be honest ive been watching it from episode one and its a really boring show. They really need to pick it up.

    Good for the voice I dont think X Factor will get even half of that for its finale. Why in the world they think Rhinna will save it is beyond me, if Brit couldnt do it Rhinna sure cant! Simon needs to cut his losses and chalk it up as the failure it is.

  • RG-X

    it’s not just over 50 that watch NCIS but 14-17 who are also not counted in the demo…

    And please stop refering to people as Old people.

  • Steph


    I’m not talking about that part of it. I’m talking about generalizing an entire fan base, based on a demo rating.

  • Raymond

    These are really great ratings for The Voice especially because they went up against regular programming from ABC and CBS while X Factor is up against repeats from those networks on thursday.

  • CenterGravity

    I was expecting to see a 4.8 for The Voice. Fantastic rating for NBC, or any network.

    Great to see the NCIS twins back up!

  • NewEnglandMike

    I’m always amused by the comments that only old people watch NCIS, etc. I’m 50 and have never watched it (I prefer Fringe, Homeland, The Walking Dead, Family Guy, H50, True Blood, Happy Endings, Don’t Trust the B.., etc.) Yet, I work with college students and I can’t tell you how many (especially the women), love all of the NCIS type shows.

    I know Neilsen won’t be changing anytime soon re: the demo. But I sure as hell wish the stereotypes would.

  • The Cool Max

    Awesome for 23! Glad it keeps going up.

  • Raymond

    @ BigBrotherFan – They can’t afford someone like Rihanna considering they have to cut their budget next season. That’s why LA is leaving the sinking ship.

  • NeNe Leakes

    I like The Voice, but not when it preempts MY show The New Normal. Blonk!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “it’s not just over 50 that watch NCIS but 14-17 who are also not counted in the demo…”

    True, but don’t kid yourself about how many folks under 18 watch NCIS.

    Here is last night’s NCIS breakdown:
    Total viewers 2+ 19.4 million
    Viewers 18-49 4.2 million
    Viewers 50+ 14.6 million

    Through the magic of subtraction we find that there were just 600,000 viewers aged 2-17.

  • TheFrenchGuy

    Half hours for CBS ?

  • B plus

    Vegas earned less than 10 million viewers. I think it should be move it to certain cancellation.

  • ron

    @robot – you are the one who needs to do the math! People over the age of 49 are not old – they are wise and experience to know what is garbage and what is not! Kids from 18 -24 are still easily influenced by their peers and do not have a mind of their own when choosing what they like. Oh, just to set the record straight, the real money is in the hands of those who are old enough to know what to do with it, and that leaves those 18 -24 out of the equation.

  • Sarah

    I think I’m officially bored with all singing competitions.

  • Dan

    1.3 and 1.1 for ABC’s failing comedies are The New Normal! Fox and ABC are now accepting these numbers as the new 2.0-2.9 and NBC has already lowered their standards to this.

    @NeNe Leaks – The New Normal has aired 11 es already, it needs to take a break before it airs the rest Jan 8-March 26.

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