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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  • Oliver

    Weak start for Ben & Kate, but not DOA. Okay start for Mindy.

    Big drop for Go On (0.7) and a smaller drop for TNN (0.2).

    Parenthood stable. Wouldn’t bet against it returning next season.

  • forg

    Poor DWTS. I’m afraid for Happy Endings and Apartment 23

    Great for NCIS! 20 million viewers! NCIS: LA did solid as well. Disappointing for Vegas, was hoping it would get a 3 for the premiere

    New Girl did fine on both timeslots. Ben & Kate and Mindy however disappointed.

    Still solid for Go On, as long as The Voice does well, it will thrive. New Normal continue to wither

  • rob60990

    The New Normal holding a 2.0 is decent. Go On did about what I figured.

    Be interested in the half hours for DWTS. I’m sure the 8pm was really low. ABC should reconsider the comedy block and DWTS at 8.

  • Dean-W

    Wow NCIS is incredible. Vegas had a 2.5 vs a 2.8 for the series premiere of Unforgettable last year !

  • Andrea

    Good for NCIS. Poor Private Practice, it’s not even that it’s skewing old- it just doesn’t have the viewers.

  • Klaus

    If I were NBC I’d hold off on the full-season order for Goon! for a week, to see if it manages to stablize.

  • Oliver


    It’s funny how the New Normal seems like a flop when last year a sitcom on NBC getting a 2.0 would have been considered a huge hit…

    Both Whitney and Up All Night were getting those sorts of numbers at the start of the season.

  • Joseph A

    BTW , to keep things in perspective ,
    VEGAS at 10pm , equals Dancing With The Stars , Monday Numbers at 8 – 10pm in both Demo and Viewers

  • jenn

    I dont want to hear anything about people tuning in to see who died in the explosion. Their Contract talks were all over everything this summer. 20 million or close to it is the norm for NCIS

  • James

    Wow, my predictions were very close for Fox comedies. No more than .2 of each one.

    New Girl is still a strong show. Ben and Kate didn’t start well but it isn’t an absolute disaster like Mob Doctor. Mindy Project did okay. Hopefully Raising Hope will be able to hold its head above water when it returns next week.

    Not very good for Vegas but, like Ben and Kate, it isn’t a complete disaster. CBS overall did very well with the two NCIS shows.

    Go On held up well. The New Normal did okay. Parenthood is doing as well as can be expected.

    ABC need to engage panic circuits. Castle did okay yesterday but Private Practice and DWTS are performing well below what they should be.

  • CrimTV

    The New Normal matches a FOX comedy premiere!

  • POI

    Go On is still the best NBC sitcom and will be renewed but i hope it gets adjusted up and i will watch Go On and DVR New Girl cuz Go On is better but when Happy Endings Returns i will DVR Go On and watch Happy Endings cuz i just love that show and will not watch anything but it if its on.

  • Casey

    Wow 10 PM.

  • JTV

    I think the New Girl vs. Go On drop was expected for both, though I’m shocked they actually tied in the demo. There will only be more cannibalization when Happy Endings arrives in October.

  • KarenM

    CBS rebounded! Yes! Vegas will do well because it has a coveted timeslot. I wish CBS would consider moving H50 to Tuesdays instead of it following the comedies. I wasn’t thrilled with Vegas though. I might consider giving it a longer look next week if nothing else’s on.

  • Joseph A

    #forg ,
    those were nice numbers for VEGAS.
    It beats every thing else at its hour , and matches the strength of DWTS on Monday in both demo and viewers , those numbers were great for VEGAS

  • rob60990

    DWTS: 1.6/1.8/2.3/2.5
    Vegas: 2.7/2.2 OUCH!

  • Hethler De Chavez

    Funny! Ep 1 of “New Girl” garnered 2.7 when “Ben and Kate” came in the ratings dropped to 2.0 and when another Ep of “New Girl” came in, it’s back to 2.7. “Ben and Kate” must be awful!

  • Stella

    Yay for both NCIS’s! :D

  • fran

    well at least PH was stable… I was hoping for a rise… but with the return of the other shows, it was too much of hoping. If it can hold on, maybe there is still a chance of 1 or 2+ episodes for this season
    I’m not giving up, hoping for a last and fifth season too.

    Vegas started really low for CBS… it will win the slot in the following weeks… but it’s far from a good result.

    Private practice is pretty much dead. A 1.9 for 10 pm ABC’s show is not good, and with Addison leaving, it can go on. I can see a 1.7 next week

    The voice keep doing great, Go on too… and The normal now is on par with the other comedies and shows of NBC. Revolution Go on and New normal will get a 22 episodes order in a week or two.

    Fox is on trouble… New girl is still strong, but not enough. B&k is weak, Mindy project a bit stronger, but far from a hit. It’s a mess and Glee looking like a bright star with a 2.9

    NCIS and NCIS LA did great.

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