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[05/09/12 - 08:30 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice" Goes Out on Top for NBC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for tuesday, may 8, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

NBC (9.20 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was the top demo draw on Tuesday thanks to the two-hour season finale of "The Voice" (11.60 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1). Leading off the night was a special early edition of "Fashion Star" (4.41 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12) - its lowest rating to date.

The silver then went to CBS (14.35 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) with new episodes of "NCIS" (17.82 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #T2) - its season low - and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (14.50 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #T2) plus the season finale of "Unforgettable" (10.73 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7).

Next up was FOX (5.49 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) with its mix of "Glee" (6.49 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.6, #5), the season finale of "New Girl" (5.53 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4) and a repeat of "New Girl" (3.44 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (8.35 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) offered up its season finale of "Last Man Standing" (6.60 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8) - tied for its series low for results shows - followed by new episodes of "Cougar Town" (4.72 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10), "Dancing With the Stars" (13.31 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6) and "Private Practice" (6.09 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10) - its series low.

And finally, originals of "90210" (1.32 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "The L.A. Complex" (0.68 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.00 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "90210" delivered a 0.9 rating while "Complex" posted a 0.4 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+38.71% - The Voice
+33.33% - New Girl
+21.43% - Last Man Standing
+15.38% - Cougar Town
+11.11% - Unforgettable
8.33% - Glee
0.00% - NCIS
0.00% - NCIS: Los Angeles
0.00% - Dancing With the Stars
0.00% - 90210
0.00% - The L.A. Complex
-13.33% - Fashion Star
-28.57% - Private Practice

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+27.27% - New Girl (vs. Raising Hope)
+19.44% - The Voice (vs. The Biggest Loser/The Voice)
+7.14% - NCIS: Los Angeles
0.00% - Unforgettable (vs. The Good Wife)
0.00% - 90210 (vs. One Tree Hill)
-14.29% - NCIS
-15.00% - Last Man Standing (vs. Dancing With the Stars Recap)
-25.00% - Cougar Town (vs. Dancing With the Stars Recap)
-27.78% - Glee
-28.13% - Dancing With the Stars
-28.57% - Private Practice (vs. Body of Proof)
-40.00% - The L.A. Complex (vs. Hellcats)
-50.00% - Fashion Star (vs. The Biggest Loser)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/6.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/10/11):

NBC (7.97 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) took home the demo crown on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "The Biggest Loser" (6.80 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.6, #6) and "The Voice" (10.29 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1).

CBS (14.48 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) then had to settle once again for second place with its mix of "NCIS" (17.10 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (14.75 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5) - both season lows - and "The Good Wife" (11.59 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T9).

Next up was FOX (6.72 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) with fresh installments of "Glee" (9.09 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2), "Raising Hope" (5.45 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.2, #7) and the departing "Traffic Light" (3.26 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11). Both comedies posted their best numbers since 3/15/11.

Meanwhile, ABC (12.82 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4) offered up another "Dancing With the Stars Recap" (11.05 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T9) followed by new episodes of "Dancing With the Stars" (17.11 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #4) and "Body of Proof" (10.30 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #8).

And finally, new episodes of "One Tree Hill" (1.38 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "Hellcats" (1.22 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) on The CW (1.30 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Hellcats (25.00%), Traffic Light (16.70%), Raising Hope (15.80%), Dancing With the Stars (10.30%), Body of Proof (5.00%), Glee (0.00%), NCIS (0.00%), The Biggest Loser (0.00%), One Tree Hill (0.00%), NCIS: Los Angeles (-3.40%), The Good Wife (-16.70%), The Voice (-17.90%).

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.3/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.6/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/6.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.2/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.8/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.5/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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