Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
After stumbling through late-spring declines, "The Voice" wrapped up its second season with strong numbers for NBC, lifting the network to a Tuesday win among young viewers. The night still belonged to CBS overall, as "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" won their hours by wide margins.
Among other Tuesday notables, FOX's "New Girl" rose dramatically for its finale, while "Glee" also had a small bounce-back. Meanwhile, The CW's "L.A. Complex" hit a Tuesday high in viewers, which is saying absolutely nothing.
For the night, NBC averaged a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49, beating CBS' 2.7 rating in the key demographic. FOX averaged a 2.4 key demo rating, with ABC's 1.8 key demo rating taking fourth. The CW averaged a 0.4 rating for the night.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 14.35 million viewers and a 9.2 rating/15 share, far ahead of NBC's 5.5/9 and 9.2 million viewers. ABC was third with a 5.6/9 and 8.35 million viewers, while FOX's 3.4/5 and 5.49 million viewers came in fourth. The CW averaged 999,000 viewers and a 0.7/1 for Tuesday night.
8 p.m. - "NCIS" ruled the 8 p.m. hour for CBS with 17.82 million viewers and a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49. FOX's "Glee" was second with 6.49 million viewers and a 2.6 key demo rating. For ABC, "Last Man Standing" (6.6 million viewers and a 1.7 key demo rating) was up in viewers and young viewers for its finale, while "Cougar Town" (4.72 million and a 1.5 key demo) was up in young viewers, but down a hair overall. NBC's "Fashion Star" aired in the 8 p.m. hour this week and averaged 4.045 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo rating, down a little from the show's usual 10 p.m. averages. The CW's "90210" averaged 1.32 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - CBS won the competitive 9 p.m. hour overall with 14.495 million viewers for "NCIS: Los Angeles," taking second among adults 18-49 with a 3.0 rating. ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" was second overall with 13.31 million viewers and third with a 2.3 key demo rating. The first hour of NBC's "The Voice" finale was way up from the comparable hour last week with 10.94 million viewers and a 4.1 key demo rating. FOX was fourth with the "New Girl" finale (5.53 million and a 2.8 key demo) and a "New Girl" repeat (3.44 million and a 1.6 key demo). The CW's "The L.A. Complex" drew 678,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - "The Voice" won the 10 p.m. hour for NBC overall with 12.25 million viewers and with a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49. CBS was second with 10.73 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo rating for "Unforgettable," which was actually up in its finale despite the competition. ABC's "Private Practice," however, took a big hit against "The Voice" and dropped to 6.09 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.