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[05/30/12 - 08:46 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Got Talent" Still on Top for NBC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for tuesday, may 29, 2012)

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

NBC (7.46 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) took home the demo crown on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (11.30 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1). Said hour was bookended by repeats of "America's Got Talent" (7.25 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Grimm" (3.84 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

CBS (7.59 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "NCIS" (10.04 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.77 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "48 Hours Mystery" (5.98 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

Next up was ABC (5.74 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with the season finale of the TBS-bound "Cougar Town" (3.50 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) followed by the two-hour special "20/20: The Real Queen: By Her Own Royal Family with Katie Couric" (6.86 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.27 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up a full night of repeats with "New Girl" (2.41 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), another "New Girl" (2.22 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), yet another "New Girl" (2.19 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and even more "New Girl" (2.25 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

And finally, the premiere of "The Catalina" (0.99 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and the finale of "The L.A. Complex" (0.63 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (0.81 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Catalina" delivered a 0.5 rating while "Complex" posted a 0.4 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - The L.A. Complex
+20.00% - Cougar Town (vs. 5/15/12)
+15.63% - America's Got Talent

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - The L.A. Complex (vs. Hellcats (Repeat))
-11.90% - America's Got Talent
-25.00% - The Catalina (vs. One Tree Hill (Repeat))
-52.00% - Cougar Town (vs. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night/NBA Countdown)
-76.36% - 20/20: The Real Queen: By Her Own Royal Family with Katie Couric (vs. NBA Finals, Game 1)

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," 2.2/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an encore.

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

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "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 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 with an encore 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 (5/31/11):

ABC (10.77 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) narrowly took home top demo honors on Tuesday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night" (6.30 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "NBA Countdown" (6.93 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4) and the "NBA Finals, Game 1" (12.84 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1).

NBC (14.77 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #2) nevertheless was the most-watched network with the return of "America's Got Talent" (14.97 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #3) and a new "The Voice" (14.38 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.9, #2).

Next up was CBS (9.04 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (11.12 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.86 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "The Good Wife" (6.16 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.61 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up encores of "Glee" (2.81 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "Raising Hope" (2.57 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) as well as the final original "Traffic Light" (2.24 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

And finally, repeats of "One Tree Hill" (0.91 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Hellcats" (0.81 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (0.86 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): The Voice (28.90%), Traffic Light (-42.90% vs. 5/10/11).

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," 3.2/8 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/5 with an encore. ABC's "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" were delayed by an NBA overrun.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.2/5 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "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 with an encore 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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