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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  • Nick

    @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?

    Revolution (9/17/12): 4.1
    Go On (8/12): 5.6/ Timeslot Premiere: (9/11/12) 3.4
    Animal Practice (8/12): 4.5

    A little late for that, huh?

  • Ultima

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

    Fair enough.

    Fall 2010 was pretty awful. By my count, only four of those fall premieres are still on (Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods and Raising Hope).

  • USAmerica1st

    Yes, maybe we were a little too optimistic with Vegas, but with older stars like Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jason O’Mara, it did okay. They may have to move it to another slot.

  • Atlanta

    While I would like to see the Mindy Project give the over rated New Girl some competition, it was pretty awful. I couldn’t last 15 minutes and it was not racism, it was awful writing and an unsympathetic lead character.

  • Tony ^_^

    New Girl- 2.7
    Ben and Kate- 2.0
    New Girl- 2.7
    The Mindy Project- 2.4

    The FOX ratings remind me of the CBS ratings from yesterday…

    How I Met Your Mother- 3.6
    Partners- 2.4
    2 Broke Girls- 3.7
    Mike and Molly- 3.0

    Looks like regardless of if a show is after or between two high rated shows, people won’t tune in to watch it.

    So I guess this kind of goes against the whole “It needs a good lead-in to have good ratings!” comments…

  • KJ Styles

    I’m glad NCIS beat The Voice. NCIS is the best show on network TV IMO. I wish Vegas would have gotten a better number though, I really like the show.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Yes, maybe we were a little too optimistic with Vegas, but with older stars like Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jason O’Mara, it did okay. They may have to move it to another slot.

    I think you said it right…….’old’ stars. That is why they are weak with young demo.

  • Cory

    Watched all the Fox sitcoms. 1st episode of New Girl was great, second kinda sucked. LOVED Ben and Kate. Mindy Project not so much. I didn’t see any previews for either of the new ones, so wasn’t sure what to expect, and Ben and Kate made me laugh on many occasions, while Mindy had only a few chuckles and an annoying lead character.

  • Mike

    i Actually likes Ben and kate.. it was a whole lot better than the promos made it look like and a lot better than the mindy project

  • Steph

    NCIS did fantastic and I’m happy with NCIS: LA numbers too. I do wish CBS kept Unforgettable, but I know it’s coming back next summer so I’m happy with that too.

  • Mike

    if Vegas gets cancelled i thin either TNT or AMC should pick it up with like 15-18 episode seasons

    TNT: could place it ahead or behind dallas or falling skies

    AMC: could pair it with hell on wheels or TWD

  • GARY

    Could Vegas be more boring and wooden?

    Scratched from my list of must see TV.


    It never ceases to amaze me how so many comments are made about the huge over 50 crowds with these shows.

    CBS should just air everything on Fri or Sun–really?

    NCIS w/ a 4.1 & over 20 million viewers, while the almighty Voice has 4.0 & 11 mil.

    New Girl had 2.7 with 5 million at both 8 & 9, while Vegas practically tripled that with “only” 2.5 @ 10:00 where viewership is the lowest of the three hours

    Let’s look at it this way. If you were funding an event & advertised for the event, would you want 11 in attendance or 20? Would you want 5 in attendance or 15?

    Just a thought here, not being vicious, but hope it’s something to ponder; as I can’t understand the mindset–that’s all.

  • Holly

    @The Old Man,

    Let’s look at it this way. If you were funding an event & advertised for the event, would you want 11 in attendance or 20? Would you want 5 in attendance or 15?

    Let’s say you were hosting an event and someone offered to pay you $20 for every person with a red shirt but only $0.02 for people wearing any other colors. Would you want 15 people in blue shirts or 5 in red?

  • jakee

    New Girl did fine, I think Fox expected those ratings, every year the viewership decrease. I just hope the Neighbors crash so Apartment 23 can be after The Middle of MF.


    @ Holly

    Got it! Thanks.

  • Nadine

    Yes, maybe we were a little too optimistic with Vegas, but with older stars like Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jason O’Mara, it did okay. They may have to move it to another slot.

    I’d point out that NCIS has considerable older stars, but no one is talking about changing Harmon’s career to hawking local lawyers’ offices in Sheboygan. Weatherly is about Chiklis’ age and Harmon’s a lot older than Quaid. And David McCallum!!!! All this stuff is so very facile — and so misleading. Everybody here — in case you haven’t noticed — is an expert. People who wanted new normal to fail so they declared it had. People who don’t want Voice to succeed so all they can talk about it how AI has better numbers. I don’t know what will happen to Vegas. I’m sure CBS wanted better 18-49 cohort numbers, but it’s simply not food for worms yet, and who wouldn’t like 14 million viewers?

  • Nadine

    …oh yeah, and The Good Wife…all the people who somehow felt invested in that show’s failure. Always a mistake going with your taste. Better going with your sense.

  • joss

    no GO ON

    Come on America 20 million for that ****** NCIS u r better that that :)

  • rick

    Nadine speaks the truth!

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