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[12/19/12 - 08:18 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, december 18, 2012)

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

NBC (12.05 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) was the network to beat thanks to the two-hour season finale of "The Voice" (14.04 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1). A one-hour performance recap of "The Voice" (8.07 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4) lead off the night for the Peacock.

CBS (14.85 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "NCIS" (19.41 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (15.36 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3) and "Vegas" (9.78 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6).

Next up was ABC (4.16 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with a rebroadcast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (5.84 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5) followed by originals from "Happy Endings" (3.18 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (2.55 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "Private Practice" (3.77 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.93 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) was out of the hunt with its all-repeat lineup of "Raising Hope" (2.53 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10), "Ben & Kate" (1.98 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "New Girl" (1.75 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "The Mindy Project" (1.46 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, the feature "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie" (1.44 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) on The CW (1.44 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the film delivered a 0.7 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - The Voice
+17.86% - NCIS
+11.54% - NCIS: Los Angeles
+10.00% - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
+6.67% - Vegas
0.00% - Happy Endings
0.00% - Private Practice

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+133.33% - The Voice (vs. Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas (Repeat))
+65.00% - NCIS (vs. NCIS (Repeat))
+50.00% - Private Practice (vs. Body of Proof (Repeat))
+38.10% - NCIS: Los Angeles (vs. NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat))
+10.00% - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (vs. Suburgatory (Repeat))
0.00% - Happy Endings (vs. The Middle (Repeat))
-5.88% - Vegas (vs. Unforgettable (Repeat))

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

* "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 Orchestra

* 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).

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.5/9; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.3/6; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.8/6 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 1.1/4 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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/20/11):

NBC (5.80 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) slipped into the top demo spot on Tuesday thanks to night two of "Who's Still Standing?" (5.83 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and an encore of "Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas" (5.79 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

CBS (10.58 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) however was still the most-watched network despite an all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (12.35 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (11.36 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1) and "Unforgettable" (8.03 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5).

Next up was ABC (4.68 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its repeat mix of "Last Man Standing" (5.72 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), another "Last Man Standing" (5.51 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "The Middle" (4.31 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), "Suburgatory" (3.43 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "Body of Proof" (4.54 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.99 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "Glee" (3.28 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "New Girl" (2.76 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Raising Hope" (2.66 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "90210" (0.76 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Ringer" (0.66 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (0.71 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "90210" delivered a 0.4 rating while "Ringer" posted a 0.3 rating.

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-14.29% - Who's Still Standing? (vs. Minute to Win It)

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," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore.

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," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/6 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 1.1/4 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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