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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  • Jiji Moran

    The creators of DWTS thought they would score big on ratings this season, by bringing back their most popular contestants of the past. Notice I did not say “best dancers” of the past.

    That explains why they brought back non-champion-but-ratings-getters Bristol Palin, Kirstie Alley, Pamela Anderson, etc… But, people are not buying it.

    People are showing that show, that they are not interested in seeing the same o’ people of the past, and they should’ve done better by bringing in new stars, new faces, new personalities.

    About Kirstie Alley, I don’t want to get heat for this, but I find her annoying, childish (for a sixty year old), and not funny at all. Some of her outrageous acts (like kissing Tom) seem like desperate calls for attention. I wouldn’t be kissing her, if I were Tom, cause I saw her teeth last year during the competition (before her nice dental work.)

    Just saying.

  • American

    The New Normal was good last night. If you want to watch, here’s the link:

  • Gleebo

    Where does anyone see Goon dropping to in the ratings by midseason break? 2.3? 2.1?

  • Daniel Banks

    Well, i;m 34yrs old and enjoy watching NCIS, and LOVED Vegas. Does that make me extremely old? I hope Vegas holds up during the season and not gets cancelled. Because i’m a fan, and am not extremely old. Who writes these captions!!!

  • Networkman

    I really do not care for the Chicago Fire promo. It does not compel me to watch this show. There may be attractive leads but it just seems like the typical emergency drama.

  • KevinY

    Mindy retaining 89% of the New Girl audience is impressive. I didn’t love the pilot but I love her. Just like we saw last winter/spring, everything is just down down down across the board. Not many comedies are ever going to premiere to a (3.0) anymore. A (2.0) season average rating is now not just “survivable” it is desirable.

  • RG-X

    The dance shows (DWTS & So You Think…) are getting tired – time to end them this year.

  • Riff Rafferty

    Beep, beep. Everyone else make way because “NCIS” is back in the house, b!tches. Hey, CBS, bet that makes you feel better about that Monday ouchie, don’t it? (P.S. Congrats on “Elementary”. It’s a hit.)

    9:30PM FOX The Vanity Project -P 2.4 6 4.73
    NBC The New Child Abuse 2.0 5 5.24

    The most interesting thing about these two shows that are competing against each other? You got the FOX-owned show on NBC and you got the NBC-owned show on FOX. I don’t recall the last time that has ever happened, or if it ever has.

    You know what else is interesting about those two shows? Absolutely nothing.

  • Kevinusa Usaforever

    Wow, what is going on this season, yesterday was lower than last year, now this. But at least NCIS remained pretty much the same ratings wise. Best drama on tv right now.

  • a p garcia

    TMP needs this badly-to be funny. It has several elements of The Office. For a sitcom it needs to be funny which TMP is lacking. TMP is filmed better than the Office.

  • Alice

    HART OF DIXIE!!!! PLEASE GOO UP! Am I the only one here that has a guilty pleasure for this series?

  • Sarah

    Give me Mindy Project and I hate everything about the New Normal. That show is awful.

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