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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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.

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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.

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  • Fake Me Out

    I just don’t understand the people who like to focus on the older viewer numbers for NCIS and comment on how “only older people watch” when it was the #1 rated scripted show on the night and is still one of the top rated scripted shows on network TV. Would they feel better if it got a 3.3 with only 10 million viewers? How about a 3.3 with just 5 million viewers, would that be acceptable? How about it got a 3.3 period … the ~15 million non-demo viewers are just gravy on top of it’s #1 3.3 demo numbers.


    Can we take a direct flight back to reality, or do we have to change planes in Denver?” — Scott Calvin (Tim Allen)

  • Alan

    The Muppets getting better numbers than Nikita.


    As expected 4.9 for The Voice for it’s finale took 9-11

    ABC serious cause for alarm 9-11 (as expected)

    FOX reruns 8-10 barely beat the CW 0.8 to 0.5

    Nice to see NCIS up 0.5 to a 3.3 + 2.9 NCIS LA & 1.6 for Vegas not too bad, either

  • ron

    As an advertiser, I would want my product to be seen by 20 million viewers than seven or eight million. The better received a show is, the higher it will cost to advertise on that show, and a show like NCIS with its built in huge following is where I will put my advertising dollar. I would also put my money into a show like Vegas with it 10-12 million viewers, then in a show that draws millions less.

  • Alan

    And poor FOX, pulling CW numbers is not great. Even repeats should be higher than those numbers.

  • Grey

    I actually enjoyed last night’s episode of “Vegas” so I now know for sure that it’s going to get cancelled. LOL.

  • T

    Sad times when I’m cheering a 1.3 for Happy Endings


    * In “most current” season averages that exclude this season’s
    October 2 recap episode and last season’s February 5 post-Super Bowl
    premiere, “The Voice” has finished within 8 percent of last season’s
    18-49 average (with a combined 4.9 rating vs. a 5.3) and within 1
    percent in total viewers (13.7 million vs. 13.8 million).

    This is how the season 2 of the Voice compared with 3. Its crazy to think how close they were viewership considering NBC had an infalted Super Bowl and other episodes inflated afterwards and season 2 limped to the finish line. While this season started strong but its finale ended stronger showing that this season of the Voice was the strongest due to the fact of they copied a bit off Idol in getting to know the contestants is key to the ratings.

    Btw Idol should fall some for their season premiere in January. It premiered to 21 million last season. I expect about 17 to 18 million to tune in to the new season with audience drop off, plus people will tune into to see the new judges. Honestly Idol is still my favorite but I loved the Voice this season.

    What do you predict Idol’s season 12 premiere to do? I say 18 million this year.

    Also the X Factor has their big two night finale and the only thing is they don’t have a near severe compeition tonight. I say about 9 million watch tonight and 10.2 million watch tommorow’s finale.

  • sally

    my husband and i watch dramas on cbs were 74 years old.the rest of the time we watch cable,to many singing shows

  • LOL

    Fantastic ratings for The Voice. They truly dominated this fall season and surprised everyone in the process. And luckily, Cassadee might be their first successful artist to win the competition. This was definitely a great season and NBC should thank their lucky stars that they had this show on their lineup.

  • Grey

    Re “old” viewers vs very young (age 2-17) vs the golden demo (age 18-49) and shows like “NCIS:”

    You just have to keep in mind that it’s all based on exactly where Nielsen has their “magic boxes” placed. I realize Nielsen says they try to get a true sampling of all types of households and age ranges, economic backgrounds etc. but we, the audience, don’t really know, do we? I’m assuming they’re telling the truth but certain aspects of their procedures are kept secret and people with the boxes are told not to talk. [Shrug] I know it irks us but it is what it is and it’s nothing personal.

    Like I’ve said before, and I know it’s not possible so I don’t need a reply about this but, until there’s a legitimate way to truly count/track every single TV that’s out there we will never, really, *truly* know who’s watching what or who’s buying what as a result. It’s a mathematical “guesstiment” based on a sample, correlated to purchases made by consumers – done by one company, Nielsen. Until that changes we’re stuck.

    The way I see it you have one of two options; 1) don’t get attached to any show until you’re reasonably certain it’s a hit and will be around for more than 8-13 episodes (I say wait two seasons and then have a viewing marathon to get caught up), or 2) take the gamble and enjoy what you like while you can and be prepared to live off the fanfic in the event of early cancellation. :-/ At least this site allows you to know which scenario to prepare for.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    @ron but you are not an advertiser.

  • Rebecca

    Enjoyed HE and A23 last night (well, online today)….and now I have no new episodes of anything I watch airing until January 2nd except for Hot in Cleveland that I have to watch online (those episodes post LATE to TVLand’s site, so it’ll be a while). So, bye for now and Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas to all!

  • Sunny

    The Voice just DOMINATED this season, i like how everyone said the show was going to flop for having 2 cycles… 14 million and a 4.9 demo doesn’t seem like a flop. Congrats NBC, i’m gonna miss you Xtina!!! See you Season 5! :)

  • Gregg

    Talking about old Geezers, aren’t the last of the Baby Boomers aging out of the demo in a year or two??

    I’m the last of the Baby Boomers, and I age out of the 18-49 demo in a month and a half. Please don’t make me start to watch NCIS! I don’t FEEL old! Why’s it so cold in here? Hey you kids, get off my lawn!

  • grant

    People don’t forget NBC= nothing but crap. While yea they have moderate success with the voice, this is the voices peaking season. Also, the voice is nowhere near a phenomenon

  • Joseph

    The real story last night (December 18th) was Univision finishing second among the broadcast networks in the 18-34 demo.

    Given the erosion or English-language broadcast network ratings, and the rapid growth in the Hispanic population, I think it may only be a couple of years until Univision wins the entire season among broadcast networks in the 18-34 demo, and within a decade, they may well win the entire season in the 18-49 demo as well.

  • adanski

    The voice is a huge hit and it is a phenomenon. Keep drinking the haterade

  • chezmoi

    @Bill Gorman Thanks for the post, December 19, 2012 at 9:17 AM about The NCIS live viewing profile. I wonder if the median age of its viwers is younger in the rest of the world.
    I can only assume average ages of live audiences in the US are correlated with the age of the lead actors eg Mark Harmon vs Jim Parsons say, vs Glee vs the Voice.

  • ToXiX

    Fox is in worse shape than NBC

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