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NBC’s Tuesday Reality Lineup Fades — But ABC Fares Even Worse

May 2, 2012  •  Post A Comment

NBC’s reality lineup was mostly down as May sweeps continued Tuesday night, with the season finale of “The Biggest Loser” off 30% in Nielsen overnights from the season finale a year ago to a 2.1 average rating in the key 18-49 demo, the lowest-rated season finale in series history, TVbytheNumbers.com reports.

NBC’s “The Voice” was the night’s highest-rated show in 18-49 even while plunging three-tenths of a ratings point from last week to a 3.1 in adults 18-49, while the network’s low-rated 10 p.m. show “Fashion Star” was steady with a 1.5.

The combination was good enough to put NBC in second place overall for the night, while CBS came in at No. 1 on the strength of its “NCIS” franchise. “NCIS” was even with its previous original episode with a 3.0 in 18-49, while “NCIS: Los Angeles” surged 25% for an episode featuring a “Hawaii Five-0” crossover, also averaging a 3.0 rating. At 10 p.m., “Unforgettable” matched its series low with a 1.8.

The prime-time picture was bleak at ABC, where “Last Man Standing,” “Cougar Town” and “Dancing with the Stars” all equaled or surpassed their series lows. “Standing” sank two-tenths of a ratings point from its previous original to a series-low 1.4 in 18-49; “Cougar Town” dipped two-tenths from last week to a series-low 1.3; and “Dancing” matched its series-low 2.3. “Private Practice” was also down, slipping one-tenth from last week to a 2.1.

Fox joined the downtrend, with “Glee” off 11% and three-tenths of a ratings point from last week to a 2.4 in the 18-49 demo and “New Girl” falling a hefty five-tenths and 19% to a 2.1.

For prime time overall, CBS wound up on top with a 2.6 average in 18-49, followed by NBC (2.3), Fox (2.1) and ABC (1.9). In total viewers, CBS was well out front with an average of 14.3 million to ABC’s 8.9 million, NBC’s 6.7 million and Fox’s 4.8 million.

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