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

    did NCIS ever get 4.0+ ratings against American Idol?

    Yes, many times; the first time was 24 January 2006 – NCIS had a 4.0, American Idol had a 15.1. I think the competition was probably AFHV repeats and Dateline. :)

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

    No. It would be more than 25% more, but not even remotely close to 100% more (or even 50% more).

  • CrimTV


    Bit early to say that The New Normal is dead!

  • nikki

    Parenthood was stable as usual.. hope to see it jump up a little in the weeks to come. it was a good episode last night too.

  • Ultima

    is [this] the year with lowest premieres ratings for new shows?

    Yes, as was last year, and the year before, and the year before, …

  • Yokono

    Probably the best commercial I’ve seen for any broadcast show this year so far:

  • Yokono

    Oh snap wrong link LOL!

  • Noname_Rex

    NCIS and The Voice will be “battling” it out for first on Tuesdays. I’m attributing ALL of NBC’s losses to CBS’s premiere. We’ll see next week what the rest of the season will probably show us for NBC on this day.

  • Jared

    Vegas’s 14 + million viewers if definitely something to brag about..but CBS had to have known the show would skew extremely old. That being said..its a great series..with top notch actors which I could see lasting a long time.

  • teamo

    The New Normal is a niche show that I don’t see a whole lot of people watching..but it’s doing better than any comedy NBC has during its Thursday night lineup. I’m sure it will be getting a full season.

  • Mary

    As someone else posted THe New Normal is averaging the 3rd best rating of NBC comedies so far. The fact is that it retained more of it’s lead (from Go On) than it did last week so the odds look pretty good for a pick up.

    I really like Parenthood but didn’t watch last night because I find cancer episodes too depressing right now. It does need to have some lighter storylines to balance out all the drama. It’s good that it’s stabilizing though.

  • Aluma

    @ teamo

    Trust me bro The New Normal would be doing worse than Up All Night if it aired on Thursdays. It’s still benefiting a little bit off The Voice.

  • Emily

    even though Vegas premieres lowish, CBS would still have to happy with their performance on the night, gosh NCIS is a machine!

  • rob60990

    “Yes, as was last year, and the year before, and the year before”

    I think last year did better with new shows than the year before.

  • Emily

    @Aluma it probably is getting propped up by the voice, but seriously, its pulling a 2.0 *on NBC!* It and the network may dip later, but considering SVU was their second highest scripted show pulling a 1.4 or there abouts average towards the end of the season, they must be thrilled

  • Sal 850

    I like that new Chicago Fire commercial, is that new I aint seen that one before?

    I might just go on ahead and watch it over Nashville and CSI that night.

  • bob

    Yeah for CBS. After Monday it is good to see the best network back to normal. Tonight should be ok night for CBS, but I really hope ABC has a good night as well. I wonder if people are going to even bother with X-Factor anymore. I watched one night and that was it. The Voice I still like the auditions but I am curious about what happens to the show after the auditions…I think crash and burn like last time. I also wonder just how horrible NBC Thursday is going to be. CBS will be a beast again Thursday. I wonder if CBS will get their second and last 20 million with Person of Interest. I really think that CBS needs to switch H50 to Tuesday night. Every dang year millions make this suggestion and ever year CBS ignores.

  • Colin

    Can’t believe New Girl has crashed with no Glee.

  • SmG

    Good for Parenthood classic numbers as usual…

  • sam

    Really enjoyed Vegas. Dennis Quaid was great.

  • Tony ^_^

    FOX- New Girl- 2.7 5.33

    NBC- Go On- 2.7 7.27
    FOX- New Girl- 2.7 5.19

    Ahh! At least “New Girl” wasn’t hurt by “Go On” and it did the same at 8 and 8. And a 2.7 is about what it was pulling in the spring. So unfortunately I expect it to fall under a 2.0 several times this season. *Sigh* :/

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