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[05/23/12 - 08:47 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Idol" Special Gives FOX Best Tuesday Since February
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for tuesday, may 22, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

FOX (11.02 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) posted its best Tuesday since February 28 thanks to the penultimate "American Idol" (14.39 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) and the season finale of "Glee" (7.64 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 3.0, #4).

ABC (14.58 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then was the most-watched network with its "Dancing With the Stars Recap" (8.78 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) followed by the two-hour season finale of "Dancing With the Stars" (17.48 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #T2) - its lowest-rated finale ever.

Next up was NBC (6.55 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) with its mix of an "America's Got Talent" (5.29 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) encore, a new "America's Got Talent" (9.29 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #T2) and the "Dateline NBC: 20th Anniversary Special" (5.05 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.64 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.47 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "NCIS" (9.16 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) and a second "NCIS" (9.29 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5).

And finally, a repeat of "Hart of Dixie" (0.89 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) led into a new "The L.A. Complex" (0.45 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.67 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Dixie" delivered a 0.3 rating while "Complex" posted a 0.3 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+45.45% - Dancing With the Stars
+20.00% - Glee
0.00% - The L.A. Complex
-5.88% - America's Got Talent
-12.50% - American Idol (vs. 5/16/12)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+3.23% - America's Got Talent (vs. The Biggest Loser)
-28.89% - Dancing With the Stars
-32.26% - American Idol
-33.33% - The L.A. Complex (vs. Hellcats (Repeat))
-34.78% - Glee
-57.89% - Dateline NBC: 20th Anniversary Special (vs. The Voice)

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," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 4.4/10; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/7.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/24/11):

FOX (16.03 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1) won the penultimate night of the May sweeps period with a new "American Idol" (19.96 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1) and the season finale of "Glee" (12.10 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #2).

ABC (17.41 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #2) however was the most-watched network with its "Dancing With the Stars Recap" (10.29 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6) followed by the two-hour season finale of "Dancing With the Stars" (20.97 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #3).

Next up was NBC (8.24 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.3, #3) with the season finale of "The Biggest Loser" (8.08 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 3.1, #5) and a new "The Voice" (8.55 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 3.8, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (9.29 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) offered up repeats of "NCIS" (10.24 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.27 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T8) and another "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.37 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.67 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) did the same with "One Tree Hill" (0.64 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Hellcats" (0.71 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Glee (31.40%), Dancing With the Stars (28.60%), The Biggest Loser (10.70%), American Idol (-13.90% vs. 5/18/11), The Voice (-15.60%).

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," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 5.0/11; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/7.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.7/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/5.

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" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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