'Animal Practice' Preview Draws 12.8 Million Viewers

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August 13th, 2012

via press notes:

*             NBC's Sunday 10:58-11:20 p.m. ET preview of "Animal Practice," following coverage of the London Olympics Closing Ceremony, generated solid sampling for the new series, averaging a 4.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.8 million viewers overall, according to "fast official" ratings from Nielsen Media Research.

 

*             While the special telecast gave the broad Olympic audience an opportunity to sample the new NBC comedy, last night's preview of "Animal Practice" aired without commercials and will not be measured in official national Nielsen reports and will not be included in averages for the night, week or season.

 

*             Versus Olympics results in the 10:30 half-hour, "Animal Practice" retained 49 percent of that lead-in rating in 18-49 (4.1 vs. 8.4), in line with the 54 percent of last Wednesday's similar "Go On" preview.  In total viewers, "Animal Practice" retained 47 percent of the Olympic average in the 10:30 half-hour (12.8 million vs. 27.4 million), versus 52 percent for "Go On."

 
  • The End

    Very impressive, though I think with next weeks episode the numbers will be halved. It benefited from the Olympics but doesn’t seem like a 12.8 million show in regards to quality.

  • rob60990

    That looks slightly better. Not impressive by any means but it was sampled.

  • Paul

    Of all the fall comedies, Go On seems to have the best chance of being a success. It’s heartwarming and fun.

  • Dan S

    I genuinely enjoyed AP though the opening scene with the cat was very weird. It’ll have tough competition on Wed but well worth checking out when it starts its regular run next month.

  • Oliver

    These ratings don’t strike me as very good.

    The Marriage Ref got 4.9 in 18-49 at 10:30 from a 5.5 lead-in after the Vancouver closing ceremony in 2010. Go On got 5.6 from a 9.4 lead-in earlier this week at 11:06pm.

  • Oliver

    Of all the fall comedies, Go On seems to have the best chance of being a success. It’s heartwarming and fun.

    Critics seem to be unanimous in agreement that Fox’s Ben & Kate is the best new show of the season.

    But, boy, the promos are awful.

  • jens2488

    I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would, especially Joanna Garcia and I liked it far more than Go On. It has hard competition on Wednesdays, but I hope it can stay around 1.7-2.0 on average.

  • John Fischer

    A total joke. People tuned in to watch the Olympics. Stay tuned for this 1 hour promo and we’ll be back to the highly edited and our lousy coverage of the Olympics.

  • SJ

    Watch this try to break a 1.5 on premiere night…

  • Paul

    @Oliver, I was referring to the NBC fall comedies.

  • SJ

    @Oliver

    Really? Ben and Kate? I didn’t expect that one to register with the critics at all.

  • Rebecca

    I liked it but I think Tyler Labine and Justin Kirk should be goofier….I like them more when they’re goof balls. Funniest character in the show is the female vet tech who hid the Yorkie (has a parole officer, etc.). I’ll keep watching. I saw a lot of comments on Yahoo who were upset that the Olympics were interrupted. I couldn’t stay awake past AP last night so I recorded The Who to watch later. It was weird to break up the closing show like that, then show AP, then local news, and then go back to the “party.” Oh well.

  • Rebecca

    ^ change “comments” to “commenters” and my sentence above might make better sense. ugh

  • K

    @Oliver and SJ

    Could be the actor who plays Ben has done commercials with Joe Buck (and Alec Baldwin?), has a big mouth with big teeth, that gives him a “funny” expression, sometimes.

  • Oliver

    If you only count NBC’s fall comedies then only Go On seems watchable. The pilot doesn’t convince me it’ll be good going forward though.

    Really? Ben and Kate? I didn’t expect that one to register with the critics at all.

    It surprised me too, because the trailers make it seems awful and it sounds super-generic, but I’ve yet to see a single negative review and several positive ones. Its creator, Dana Fox, was apparently the highlight of the TCAs.

    The fact that former Community/Scrubs executive producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan are involved is also a positive sign.

  • Ultima

    @The End
    though I think with next weeks episode the numbers will be halved

    Next week’s episde? Ha!

    The next new episode of Animal Practice doesn’t air until 26 September (although they will replay last night’s episode after the premiere of The Voice).

  • Oliver

    Wait a second, does that Revolution is only premiering after the 2nd episode of The Voice?

    Man, NBC be crazy.

  • Ultima

    @Oliver
    Wait a second, does that Revolution is only premiering after the 2nd episode of The Voice?

    Yes, Revolution premieres on 17 September after the second Monday (third overall) episode of The Voice.

    After the season premiere of The Voice, NBC is repeating the episodes of Go On and Animal Practice that aired during the Olympics.

  • John

    @Ultima

    Grimm is airing its final Monday ep out of The Voice premiere before moving to Fridays

  • Ultima

    @John
    Grimm is airing its final Monday ep out of The Voice premiere before moving to Fridays

    That’s what the schedule says now, but not what it said yesterday… who knows what it will say in September! ;)

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