TV Ratings Tuesday: 'New Girl' & 'Private Practice' Return Down, 'NCIS' Beats 'The Voice' for Top Spot + 'The Mindy Project', 'Vegas' & 'Ben and Kate' Premieres

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September 26th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/9 2.7/8 2.5/7 2.0/6 1.5/4 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/6 2.1/7 2.8/9 1.2/4 1.4/5 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 17.192 7.439 4.858 9.891 3.610 0.632


CBS was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice earned a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating, down considerably from last Tuesday's 4.7 rating. Go On scored a 2.7 18-49 rating, also down considerably from a 3.4 last week. The New Normal garnered a 2.0, taking a dip from last week's 2.2 among adults 18-49. Parenthood was flat with last week's 1.8  adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, the season premiere of New Girl scored a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, way down from last year's 4.8 series premiere 18-49 adults rating. A second episode of New Girl at 9PM also earned a 2.7. The series premiere of Ben and Kate  earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, and the series premiere of The Mindy Project earned a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic.

On CBS, the season premiere of NCIS earned a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating, dipping slightly from last season's 4.3 premiere rating. NCIS: Los Angeles earned a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating, also dipping slightly from the 3.6 its last season premiere. The series premiere of Vegas earned a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating and is CBS’ lowest-rated Tuesday drama premiere since Century City ( which earned a 2.1/5 on Tue 3/16/04)  Your predictions were again a little too optimistic.

On ABC, the Wednesday premiere of Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars, garnered a 2.0  adults 18-49 rating, down from last year's Tuesday premiere of 2.9 and yesterday's 2.5 18-49 rating. The season premiere of Private Practice earned a 1.9 adults 18-49, down almost a full ratings point from last year's 2.8 premiere.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, September 25,2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NCIS 4.1 12 20.16
NBC The Voice 4.0 12 11.25
FOX New Girl 2.7 9 5.33
ABC Dancing With the Stars: All Stars 2.0 6 11.56
CW Hart of Dixie -R 0.2 1 0.65
8:30PM FOX Ben and Kate -P 2.0 6 4.19
9:00PM CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.4 9 16.72
NBC Go On 2.7 7 7.27
FOX New Girl 2.7 7 5.19
CW the Next -R 0.2 1 0.61
9:30PM FOX The Mindy Project -P 2.4 6 4.73
NBC The New Normal 2.0 5 5.24
10:00PM CBS Vegas -P 2.5 7 14.70
ABC Private Practice 1.9 5 6.56
NBC Parenthood 1.8 5 4.81


Via Press Note:
In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.1/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Ultima

    why exactly is the CW all of a sudden waiting till October to premiere all there shows this season?

    All of a sudden? They said they were going to do this in May, long before the schedule was released.

    Main reason is less repeats (going from 35-37 week seasons to 31-33 weeks) and also avoiding premiere week for the big four.

  • a p garcia

    I think Parenthood is too serious a drama, I think an occassional touch of comedy will help.I don’t mean to make it a comedy out of a drama, but an occassional touch of comedy. Families aren’t serious 100% of the time.

  • Ricky

    Yay to the NCIS duo – most awesome shows, most awesome ratings!

    Sad for Vegas, though. Will it dip? Possibly. In which case, CBS please switch it with H50 (which definitely suffered a freakish fluke.) Also: Is Jason O’Mara a curse? Think about it – Life On Mars, Terra Nova. And this time, it does not look like the third time will be the charm the way it was for Alex O’Loughlin.

    Too bad for Go On. Too, too bad. And too bad The New Normal didn’t swan-dive even further. I don’t like what I’m seeing. It’s evening out and Go On is continuing to fall! What’s happening? :(

  • Ultima

    14 million viewers for Vegas a lot! Who cares if more older people watched it

    The advertisers whose time buys during the show pay for the production costs?

  • Ultima

    Move the Voice to 9pm as NCIS: LA is a much weaker show.

    So you think NBC’s goal is to get the highest possible ratings for The Voice, rather than using their successful hit show to boost their new sitcoms?

  • Networkman

    Dancing with the Stars should not be on at 8pm. ABC has to make the switch soon. Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B… will do horribly if the schedule remains. Last Man Standing and Reba’s Malibu Country is needed for Tuesday @8pm. Private Practice is gone after its 13 episode order. Body of Proof should replace it.

    Go On should get its 22 episode order but I would hold off on rewarding The New Normal just yet. Next week its demo may be below 2.0.

  • Eridapo

    Has the ABC Press Release been released? They most be working overtime to put a positive spin on the numbers..

  • kougie757

    With all of the shows dropping so much, the Cw may not look as epically pathetic.

  • Mary

    I’m not surprised at DWTS. It’s too long at 2 hours. I stopped watching a couple years ago when it had stars like Bristol Palin who were only kept in because of pure political votes. It took the whole fun out of the show. I saw complaints that they bought her back again & that they bought back people who had already won. There were lots of comments I read on FB saying people weren’t going to watch because of that.

    I think NBC Tues is beginning to stabilize. This is the first season I’ve been watching The Voice and it’s a fun show because the stars seem to be really enjoying themselves and the singers, even the ones they don’t pick, all show talent. I watched Go On which was not as funny as last week and The New Normal which was funnier but probably more controversial. I think both shows are developing their fan base & that ABC may be waiting too long to bring back their comedies in that time slot. People get very lazy sometimes when it comes to switching channels.

  • Networkman

    Dancing with the Stars is in need of new judges. And ABC may have to start considering airing it once a year. It’s demo slipping below a 2.0 during the 8pm hour is not good. In a few years, DWTS may be more suited for Friday night.

  • Ricky

    @Networkman: I have heard suggestions that ABC should not do DWTS this spring at all, instead possibly keeping the other two sitcoms (How To Live With Your Parents, Family Tools) together when DWTS otherwise would come back. What do you think?

    Also: NBC sitcoms. Go On will only go on if it stays steady, especially against New Girl. TNN may need to dip really hella low (like 1.5’s or worse, essentially Thursday-like ratings) in order to get the boot up its backside it deserves. Because in comparison to 30 Rock or UAN, its ratings are still very good for the network – so far.

  • jackson

    Hmmm – it’s premiere week and the reporting is “down considerably,” “way down,” and “down slighly?” How ’bout the actual percentages???

  • Ultima

    Has the ABC Press Release been released?

    Yes, Private Practice is up.

    There’s always a bright spot over at ABC! :)

  • chezmoi

    Other than Mark Harmon leaving and taking the scripts to another law enforcement agency procedural (remember doppelganger), there may be the possibilty of Tuesday Night NFL or other sport to mess up the current NCIS/Voice/Amercian Idol Tuesday ratings.
    In terms of costs, the NCIS ratings are probably low enough not to have a huge budget for its ratings compared to the CSI franchise which have probably cut their costs by axing Miami, getting rid of Stella from NY, and no longer having Grissom and Catherine in CSI.

  • Ultima

    Hmmm – it’s premiere week and the reporting is “down considerably,” “way down,” and “down slighly?” How ’bout the actual percentages???

    All of the numbers are there, just calculate them yourself if you’re that interested.

  • Verus

    What happened to Fox ? New Girl I would guess will survive but both the Mindy Project and Ben and Kate will not survive.

    Quite good numbers for Vegas trouncing both Private Practice and Parenthood.

  • Jayme

    So if a show is below 2.0 that is not good am i correct?

  • Ultima

    there may be the possibilty of Tuesday Night NFL

    There’s no possibility of that until the 2020s, and it’s very unlikely even then.

    Amercian Idol Tuesday

    Idol hasn’t been on Tuesdays (regularly) since 2010.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Vehas is DOA!!! Unforgettable was better show with better ratings. One more bad move from CBS. Wgy they cancel it. All network looks bad. And even all new shows ratings are bad. All 10 pm shows(without RVN) are disaster new and old.

  • Holly


    So if a show is below 2.0 that is not good am i correct?

    For the 4 main networks, no, that’s not good. How bad it is can vary per network though. For NBC, a 2.0 is really good, so Parenthood’s 1.8 is OK. For CBS, a 2.0 is just plain bad (excepting, of course, Fridays) so Hawaii 5-0’s 1.9 was horrible.

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