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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  • Raymond

    “Your predictions were a bit optimistic.”

    How so? Practically everyone in the comments section said it would do better than 4.4. If the rating get’s adjusted up to a 5 it means those people that voted >5 would still be right considering the other option was 4.5 – 4.9.

  • Tellitlikeitis

    @B Plus

    I give your comment a D-.

    Total viewers don’t matter much. The 1.6 in the demo matters a lot more.

  • Mark

    I’m not old that’s for sure and I love ncis, while the majority of it’s ratings are out of the mythical demographic that i’ll never understand it’s not ALL old people. I guess when you turn 50 you just stop buying things in the advertisers eyes.

  • JD

    At least HE was up a bit. The ep was absolutely hilarious, as usual. I hope ABC realizes how damn good their show is and maybe give it a decent slot eventually or something.

  • CBSviewer

    Maybe NCIS is watch by old people but all Shows are in the same situation. Two and a Half Men got a 4.0 and 14 million viewers which means 5.1 million viewers are Adults 18-49 and the remaining 9 million are old peopleor kids. I don’t see any Show with a majority of Adults 18-49 (Perhaps HIMYM and2 Broke Girls).

  • Dan

    @B-plus – I think when the Renew/Cancel Index returns Vegas will soon be moved to certain cancellation. Even though the site wont factor numbers from before January, its highly unlikely that Vegas will bounce back.

    It’s a dead show walking. I predict

    Vegas will move to certain cancellation
    The Neighbors will move to likely cancellation

  • silvit


    New Girl, Glee and many comedies are watched by many 18-49 people, sometimes doing even better in the 18-34. TWD is a drama that is watched mostly by 18-49 people.

  • Capitalist Infidel


    I guess I’ll be young for another 2 years then I’ll turn the big 50 and all of a sudden I’ll be considered “old.”

    You have to remember though that the 18-49 crowd will still try new things. Not like me, I’ll never drink anything but Diet Pepsi. An 18 year old will try all kinds of new things. I’m old enough that I’ve already tried most things and am happy with what I buy. The advertisers don’t cater to me, they cater to those who will still change their mind on what products they use.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Silvit
    Thanks i forgot them !

    @ Everyone
    Someone knows the half hours for the CBS’s Dramas ?

  • Fred

    For ABC to put a new episode of Happy Endings directly against the season finale of The Voice is either a suicide mission or a sign of faith. I’m hoping for the latter. Such a funny sitcom with an amazing cast.
    PLEASE ABC save this show!!

  • Andrew

    Raising Hope repeats the best! Yeah!
    Mindy Project repeats the worst, surprised

  • B plus


    Sorry, my comment wasn’t more clear. It did earn a 1.6 rating. I think next week’s episode will be a better indicator but it doesn’t have a chance of being renewed as of right now unless it moves to a better night or if the budget of the show goes lower.

  • BrieK

    I think American Idol is in a lot of trouble. It’s not nearly as fun as The Voice is. Will people still tune in? I guess we will see. The Voice changed the game for NBC. I did not expect that when the show was announced. I think I may have laughed.

  • Tellitlikeitis

    @B plus

    Yes, I agree.

  • Dan

    @Fred – Happy Endings started late and ABC has 22 eps so they have to air the new eps sometime.

    @Raymond – Well technically the majority of the predictions were high because its expected to be so for the finale but nevertheless The Voice is the hidden gem that NBC found at the right time and relaunched smartly after the Superbowl, and created their own powerhouse. Now they have one of the best fall seasons in 10 years. Despite the fact that Thursday ratings and some of Wednesday are low rated, The Voice has helped NBC launch some new shows.

  • ron

    @CI – the advertisers cater to those who have real money. The ads for the 18 -24 are McDonalds, Dominoes and Burger King, who make up most of their workforce. The ads for the people with real money are the majority of that which targets those with real money; ad for cars, vacations, renovations and real stores like Macy, not Wal-Mart. The paycheck from McDonalds or Wal-Mart won’t buy a Lexus or even a Honda.

  • Capitalist Infidel


    I was going to say the only advertisers that care about me would be car makers, home builders, and other high end items. Everyday products are catered to the 18-49 crowd. (even though I’m 47 so I’m still in the category) I’ve already tried all the toothpaste’s, toilet papers, soft drinks, beer, alcohol, razors, soap, shampoo, etc… and have settled on what I like best. The youngins are much more apt to try something new to see if it’s better. You and I have already gone through that stage.

  • Bob

    I love NCIS. If you guys are talking about watching the new shows that come out like 1600 Penn (which I did) then I will stick with a great show in NCIS. When networks start putting on good comedies then I will watch them frequently. Trust me I have tried Partners, The New Normal, 1600 Penn, The Neighbors, and think they are awful. However, they did put on two good comedies in Guys with Kids and Malibu County. Other then that the new comedies stink to high heaven. Oh I am in that honored 18-49 year group.

  • mula

    that’s the thing. american idol airs on a very competitive night of tv. they need to capitalize on its success and move it to tues-wed and not wed-thurs. fox needs to be smart. if it doesn’t bring in HUGE numbers, it’ll be considered a flop. the rest of fox’s programming will flop anyways, they might as well capitalize on AI’s success and put it on less competitive nights.

  • DeanW

    I don’t know why people are saying NCIS is watch by old people. Im 18 and i watch it since season 1 and my brother who is 11 also watch the Show. It’s a Show for all the Family and it’s the best on TV !

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