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TV Ratings: 'The Voice,' 'Go On' lead NBC on Tuesday

'The New Normal' has solid retention, while 'Parenthood' returns stable

<p>Matthew Perry. And cats.</p>

Matthew Perry. And cats.

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Fast National ratings for Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
 
The second night of blind auditions on "The Voice" continued to draw good-but-not-great numbers for NBC, improving over the show's 8 p.m. numbers for its Monday premiere, but down from Monday's 9 p.m. numbers and significantly below the second non-Super Bowl night of auditions from the most recent spring season. 
 
[Again, it's going to be hard to find comparable numbers for "The Voice" compared to past spring seasons other than to say that despite a total lack of competition, the first two nights have been down from previous season openers.]
 
"The Voice" was the centerpiece of NBC's comfortable Tuesday ratings wins, but the network also got a fairly big second airing for the Matthew Perry comedy "Go One" and saw "The New Normal" basically replicate its ratings from Monday's sneak premiere.
 
For the night, NBC averaged a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49, far ahead of second place FOX's 1.5 rating in the key demographic. CBS averaged a 1.2 key demo rating, followed by ABC's 0.7 rating and the 0.3 key demo rating for The CW.
 
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 8.39 million viewers and a 5.4 rating/9 share for Tuesday night. CBS wasn't far off in second with 7.46 million viewers and a 5.1/8. FOX was a distant third with a 2.6/4 and 4.29 million viewers, comfortably ahead of the 1.7/3 and 2.42 million viewers. The CW averaged a 0.4/1 and 670,000 for Tuesday.
 
8 p.m. - "The Voice" started primetime in first for NBC with 11.3 million viewers and a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49. CBS' repeat of "NCIS" was a distant second with 8.64 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating. The first part of FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" finale, airing in an unusual Tuesday home, averaged 3.6 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating. ABC's repeats of "The Middle" and "Last Man Standing" finished fourth with 3.44 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating. On The CW, a repeat of "Hart of Dixie" averaged 702,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
 
9 p.m. - NBC's time period premiere of "Go On" held onto a good percentage of its lead-in with 9.57 million viewers and a 3.4 rating among adults 18-49, while "The New Normal" averaged 7 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo rating, basically the same as it drew out of "The Voice" on Monday, also a decent sign. CBS' repeat of "Hawaii Five-0" was second with 6.92 million viewers and third with a 1.1 key demo rating. "So You Think You Can Dance" got a bump in its second hour and rose to 4.97 million viewers and a 1.7 key demo rating. ABC's repeats of "Happy Endings" and "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" were far back with 2.11 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating. The CW trailed with 639,000 viewers and a 0.2 key demo rating for "The Next."
 
10 p.m. - CBS won the 10 p.m. hour overall with 6.8 million viewers and finished second with a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 for a repeat of "NCIS: Los Angeles." NBC's season premiere of "Parenthood" averaged 5.57 million viewers and a 1.9 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. 

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Daniel Fienberg
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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.
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