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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  • darius

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

  • DW

    vegas may go old but it did win the hour.

  • Billy

    After a bad Monday CBS back to normal on Tuesday.

    ABC is big, big trouble.

    NBC still good.

    FOX not much.

  • Oliver


    Go On held up well.

    Huh? Go On dropped by 0.7, a full 20% of its audience!

  • KS

    NBC and Fox would renew anything above 1.5 by the end of the season.

  • Guardian Owl

    Prediction was way off on Mindy, but right on the money for Vegas.

  • XYZ

    The lukewarm ratings for Mindy aren’t that surprising; I found the show (and the lead) to be vastly overrated.

  • KarenM

    I don’t get the NCIS love anymore but glad for CBS after the disastrous Monday.

    Even I didn’t watch the DWTS results show.

  • Eridapo

    Wow… DWTS is crashing and burning. NCIS and NCIS:LA are down a bit from a year ago (4.3 and 3.6), but they approached their fall numbers. I’m surprised by that. I was expecting Spring Finale type numbers…. The results though are in the middle.

    New Girl is down to Spring like numbers (2.7).

    The 10PM shows: Vegas did alright, but PP and Parenthood where were those viewers…

  • Andrea

    DTWS stars really only needs a one hour results show,two hours (except for the finale) is just too long. ABC should be more than pleased with Castle’s numbers last night after PP.

    I’m still interested to see how the NBC ccomedies hold up after a few more weeks.

  • SWC316

    Can’t believe the low numbers for FOX. It seems like the other shows they try to pair up with New Girl just end up bringing New Girl down. This should be the final season for Private Practice. Especially with Kate Walsh leaving after 13 episodes…hopefully they just end it then before its ratings plummet without her.

    Last year the big talk was how well all the new comedies were doing…this year it seems to be quite the opposite!

  • psychic

    O Cancellation Bear, please eat all the new sitcoms and then regurgitate them as science fiction dramas destined to become classic cult shows of which I will be an avid follower of all. Sincerely, Hopeful.

    (I’m desperate.)

  • POI

    I’m happy that the mindy project premiered down and i hope it goes down more and more and gets canceled sooner rather than late i just hate this show so much and i dont know why i know i didnt watch it and all but i hate it.

  • Justin121

    Good news for CBS today. Better than I expected.

    FOX did exactly as expected, except the first New Girl episode did even better than I thought. OK performance for them tonight — re: the 2 Girl episodes, meh for B&K & Mindy.

    Voice did better than expected, but didn’t expcet it to lose to NCIS.

    GO On affeted by the added competition but still ‘hit’ status. New Normal better than expected. A 2.0 on NBC for its 3rd or 4th epsidoe, while its lead-in is down.

    ABC: no comment.

    Vegas did ~Unforgettable #s but that’s the most you can expect of a new 10pm drama these days.

  • Dario


  • James


    Go On was up against New Girl for the first time. The drop was expected. A 2.7, regardless of the lead-in, is fantastic for NBC. Therefore Go On held up well.

  • RyanCanada

    Its terrible, that NCIS has 20 million viewers but has only a 4.1 demo, it should really be like a 7.something demo

  • XYZ

    FOX, NBC (and ABC) are going to have a VERY tough Tuesday with this huge glut of comedies all airing against each other. It’s going to be pretty bloody with a few survivors…

  • Desperate Houseboy

    Go on is holding up well it might get a second season.New Girl porbably will fall a little bit more i was expecting 2.4 for both of vegas and mindy and i got that kinda right.mindy will definetly go down because of it’s lead-in but vegas won’t see much of a drop.

  • jenn

    Who cares Dario if it was a recap shouldnt it be the “OLD SKEWING” cbs and anything it goes against? It went against Bones and nothing else worth watching Monday night yet im sure you were on here saying how its the greatest show on tv

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