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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  • Ryan30

    Who cares if the voice was a recapish episode? It was still listed a new.

  • jRobnyc

    Wow for NCIS ouch for DWTS.

  • Potato

    So… they won’t cancel everything except NCIS and The Voice, right?

  • RyanCanada

    @POI so you hate the mindy project so much, and you want it cancelled, but you havent even watched it.. hmm is it because the lead lady is East Indian??? i sense racism

  • ruudisss

    So far the season has is doing horribly bad across the board.

  • Jo

    Who gives the greenlight to these awful shows? Fire them now, they suck. Most of these new shows will be cancelled if there is a God, yuk!

  • ruudisss

    So is my grammar >.>

  • John_M

    @POI so you hate the mindy project so much, and you want it cancelled, but you havent even watched it.. hmm is it because the lead lady is East Indian??? i sense racism

    I sense stupidity – and not from POI

  • r0ckmypants

    @Dario – The Voice was NOT a recap episode.

  • Eridapo

    DWTS 1.6/1.8/2.3/2.5
    PP 2.0/1.8

    NCIS 4.0/4.2
    NCISLA 3.5/3.3
    Vegas 2.7/2.2

    Voice 3.7/4.4
    Parenthood 1.9/1.7

  • tvperson

    How does Mindy get a higher rating and share than New Normal, but a lower number of viewers?

  • RyanCanada

    FYI, New Girl, TMP were great, and i didnt mind B&K had some good parts, i will continue to watch it…Parenthood had me in tears! this show always does it to me, great season so far.

  • Tom

    Vegas did well enough in demo to survive at least through Feb sweeps, though I won’t make any statements on later in Spring.

    B&K looks like it will settle in the mid-high 1 morass. Mindy Project settling a couple tenths off of NG (I don’t think Apt 23 hurts it too much).

    Honestly, NN is holding up better than I figured, especially by NBC standards. It will get a backorder at this rate, and probably crawl to a 13 episode order next year.

    The Voice is really putting the screws to DWTS, isn’t it.

  • Fed

    LOL, Guess the CBS Gods were mad after yesterdays results and blast things go to normal. Go On is really good, hope it goes back to the 3s. And DWTS should go to 1 cycle a year ASAP. That show has a phenomenal drop. 2-3 seasons ago it had 4s and 5s and now 2.0 for the second show??

  • John_M

    How does Mindy get a higher rating and share than New Normal, but a lower number of viewers?

    Well, look at the column headings, and think about it for a minute – it should come to you

  • Clarissa

    Why are people saying the voice was a recap episode? I saw Cassadee Pope in it, and she definitely hadn’t shown up in the previous blind auditions.

  • SarahL

    I enjoyed The Mindy Project, but did not find it very funny.

    I thought Vegas was horrible. I could barely get through the whole episode. I cannot believe that a show with Michael Chikilis could be so bad.

  • VH1

    are broadcast number down this year? They seem lower then usual or is it just me

  • Dan

    Wow @NCIS – And I remember back in October 2003 a press release when the show got a full season called NCIS performance “less impressive” compared to all other shows. Who’s laughing now. If NBC waited one more season to cancel JAG, The Voice would have a little less competition.

    Also no matter how low Go on and New Normal go, they will still get full seasons. With 30 Rock and The Office in their final years and Animal Practice and Guys with ids likely flopping, NBC is desperate for comedy hits.

    Ben & Kate & Mindy Project did OK but lets see how well Ben & Kate does w/o New Girl lead in. My guess is that Mindy will get a full year and B&K will likely be replaced by The Goodwin Games come midseason.

  • iMember

    I absolutely loved the Ben & Kate Pilot, so I’m hoping it’ll stick around and level off at a solid rating for the season for FOX. Critics were right when they said Ben & Kate was one of the best new sitcoms of the season.

    I also really liked The Mindy Project, not as much as Ben & Kate, but I’ll definitely keep watching.

    New Girl had two EXCELLENT premiere episodes. They were both so good! I missed this show a lot, so it’s nice to see it come back strong in terms of quality and well in terms of ratings. FOX really messed up last season when they took it off air due to baseball.

    Go One was great again, and I enjoyed The New Normal last night too.

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