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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

Scoreboard CBS NBC FOX ABC UNI CW
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

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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
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8:30PM FOX Ben And Kate -P 2.0 6 4.19
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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
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9:30PM FOX The Mindy Project -P 2.4 6 4.73
NBC The New Normal 2.0 5 5.24
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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

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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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • Ultima

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

    Do you want the “No, but” or the “Yes, if” version of the answer?

    It also depends on your definition of “good.”

  • Aluma

    ABC better grab Monday Night Football back from ESPN because Mondays will be in trouble in a few years. DWtS is slowly dying.

    NBC sitcoms are still a mess, Go On bleeds so hard out The Voice and TNN is just dead. FOX sitcoms are dead too.

    CBS still strong with NCIS but Vegas needs to get replaced by 5-0.

    BTW, Stana Katic might just be the sexiest woman on broadcast television right now I’m watching her on TNT today and damn that woman got a sexy body.

  • oneeye

    The young people were not home last night! Oh wait I am still in the demo too hmm.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @darius who said:
    The networks might take into account the possibility of giving up on 10 pm like fox!

    Not think so….may be they will lower ratings expectation for that slot. In the spring somebody said that 2.5 is like new 3.0 in that slot. So i guess that will be new rule there for that slot i mean.

  • Ricky

    @Jayme: Depends. On NBC (which has lower ratings than the rest of the big four), a 2.0 is a dream. Luckily for them a lot of their new premiere shows have averaged higher than that so far (RVN, Go On, and New Normal.) Now, compare with CBS where ratings and viewership are routinely higher. Vegas got a 2.5 and that is not too good despite its high viewership. On CBS, a 2.5 is about as bad as a 1.5 on another network (or a 1.0 on NBC.) Even being top of its timeslot may not be enough for Vegas – we all remember that Unforgettable topped its timeslot every time and got eaten by the bear (before being rescued from his stomach six weeks later.)

  • Ultima

    @Petar
    Vegas is DOA!!! Unforgettable was better show with better ratings.

    Nonsense.

    Vegas is up 25% from Unforgettable’s spring average (2.0). Unforgettable only did better than a 2.5 twice last season.

  • Ultima

    @Aluma
    ABC better grab Monday Night Football back from ESPN

    Disney makes more money having MNF on ESPN than it does on ABC.

    Besides, the current contracts run past 2020, so there’s virtually no chance anything changes before then.

  • Ricky

    @Ultima: UF premiered at 2.9. And unless Vegas is an exception to the usual rule that shows decline after their premieres, they may be headed downhill faster than UF was, possibly to the point of becoming CBS’ Harry’s Law (what with the low ratings – relative to the network of course – and high viewership, no doubt due to major old-skewage.)

  • Wendy

    I’m not really shocked that New Girl premiered so low in both slots. Didn’t it shed a ton of audience last season by the spring? The show now seems to have its core audience left which, luckily for the show, still means high 2s. But only a little over five million total viewers for both episodes *is* a surprise.

    Go On tying the second episode’s demo and beating it in overall viewers did stun me. Will that last? No idea. But it is safe to say that they both have an audience. Now, once Happy Endings debuts in October…there will be blood somewhere. But I hope ABC knows what it’s doing, waiting so long to premiere its comedies.

  • chezmoi

    Finally, is the NCIS median age really over 59? Can you publish median age with the ratings?

  • Ultima

    @darius
    The networks might take into account the possibility of giving up on 10 pm like fox

    FOX never “gave up” on 10pm. The only time they ever regularly programmed it was on Sundays, before they expanded to seven nights of primetime.

    When FOX was trying to gain more affiliates, leaving the 10pm hour to them was a big selling point.

  • chezmoi

    @Ultima, did NCIS ever get 4.0+ ratings against American Idol?… by the way thank you for the comments.
    Would 5.0 ratings earn a program say twice as much more than a 4.0?

  • Ultima

    @Ricky
    UF premiered at 2.9. And unless Vegas is an exception to the usual rule that shows decline after their premieres, they may be headed downhill faster than UF was

    I wasn’t comparing Vegas this season to Unforgettable last season. My point was that if Unforgettable was still airing in that timeslot that it is highly unlikely that it would have performed better than Vegas did.

  • Nick

    DWTS is still safe unless it goes under 2.0 on a daily basis. Private Practice, not so much. Whatever ABC says, this is the last season.

    The NCISs are beasts! Vegas, dead after 13.

    Ouch @ Ben & Kate. I was hoping for better retention out of NG.
    TMP will get a full season, but the numbers don’t bode well for the long term.

    Go On is still the highest-rated comedy on NBC, and TNN is third, after The Office. So they’re both safe. Parenthood will get 1 last season for syndication.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Is it a time for poll – wwll any new show premiere hit at least 3.0 in demo? I mean statistical is TV by the numbers has such data is that the year with lowest premieres ratings for new shows?

    The biggest winner for now is Tv by the numbers. With so many shows so lower i guess is the gold mine for that site. And knitmare for us fans.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Is it a time for poll – will any new show (premiere) hit at least 3.0 in demo? I mean statistical is TV by the numbers has such data is that the year with lowest premieres ratings for new shows?

    The biggest winner for now is Tv by the numbers. With so many shows so lower i guess is the gold mine for that site. And knitmare for us fans.

  • hardline_pro

    I didnt bother watching VEGAS, or any new CBS show for that matter.

  • Nick

    @chezmoi

    Would 5.0 ratings earn a program say twice as much more than a 4.0?

    No. They would earn 25% more.

  • Rebecca

    Really enjoyed B&K, Go On and the two NG episodes….hope they all do well overall this season. It was nice to see the guy from Bent (and Perfect Couples) in last night’s second NG – also the guy from Back To You and the upcoming 1600 Penn. Saw him play Jack Black’s brother in something once (well cast).

  • Mike

    NCIS is a huge megahit. But I think CBS needs more huge hits if they want to keep the first spot.
    They tried with Hawaii 50 , but we know how that is going.
    POI will get bigger this season but time will tell if it will get the numbers NCIS is getting. Could be,
    We will need to wait for Elemntary.
    Vegas will end as a modest performer, same as Hawaii. Modest performers won’t help CBS stay in the top .

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