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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  • Baqinardo

    Did we watch the same show?
    It wasnt a recap. Recap is next week.
    The coaches still have 2 spots remaining.

  • Michael

    I can’t wait for the CW to start their fall season next month lol!

  • Dan

    I can’t believe how old skewing Vegas is that 10pm Tuesday slot is cursed nothing strong has worked there (Unforgettable, The Good Wife, the last season of Without a Trace) something has to work there someday.

  • NBC is awesome


    The voice’s recap episode is NEXT WEEK!!! Obviously you didn’t watch it, or you would have known it was a brand new episode!!!!

  • Ted Craig

    Given the enormous hype around the New Girl in summer 2011, this is not a huge drop.

  • Ben

    YAHOO FOR NCIS!!!! This explains why Cougar Town (ABC), Glee (Fox), and Nova (PBS) moved to different time slots or different days. NCIS rules and replacing Unforgettable with Vegas in the 10 to 11 time slot was a great idea. CBS is back on track after a disapointing Monday.

  • Pipa

    Too bad for Ben & Kate. Nothing earth shattering but I like the cast and it it’s a fun show.

  • Oliver


    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.

    A 2.7 is great for NBC, but a 20% week-to-week drop is huge, especially since the ABC comedy block doesn’t return for another 2 weeks.

    If a 20% drop is “help up well”, then there’s no such thing as “falling precariously”.

  • Big Shooter

    CBS – Better than last night; NCIS huge and on a par with its last couple of years… NCIS LA solid as usual… Vegas with a so-so start, I dont really see this being a sleeper hit that builds either. Both CBS premieres have underperformed are they are starting to look like NBC circa 2001, with plenty of big hits – but almost all are in there latter years. They desperately needs some new hits…

    FOX – Meh. Next week is going to look like an NBC Thursday night rating from last season: Low-mediocre numbers at 8/8.30 and 9.30 and a spike to a reasonable rating at 9… If they really want New Girl to become a legit hit I think they should move it to Thu @ 9 when ‘Idol’ returns in January, cos it will struggle to keep it head above water anchoring this lineup.

    ABC – DWTS is winding down. Nobody under 50 seems to care anymore and it is taking up far too much of ABC’s schedule. It’d probably benefit from going once a year now. I’d also move it to 9. HE/Apt 23 should be held for other spots in midseason (a spot should appear given how bad the neighbors looks) as they are going to do nothing in this slot. Thinking about it, I’m not really sure why Apt 23 was renewed.

    NBC – Voice very strong again… Go On fell a bit more than expected and now needs to stabilize in this mid-upper 2 range; I think it probably will do… New Normal looks to have settled – its numbers are not particularly good but not especially bad either, so I’m sure it’ll get a back 9… Parenthood is one of the most consistent performers in primetime, it seems to be in the upper 1’s every week. Its fate lies in the hands of other NBC dramas though I suspect.

  • Dan

    @VH1 – I think numbers may be down slightly, though more people are DVRing shows than watching it. Even if thats counted as Fan excuse, its still true.

  • gui

    Vegas better hope for great retention early and hopefully build an audience in the second half like POI did last year. You have to expect a dip next week and it will already be in danger range for a CBS drama.

  • Greg

    ABC: Wow, DWTS was really low. No wonder PP returned with a 1.9. If DWTS doesn’t stay steady, I don’t think Happy Endings/Don’t Trust the B will cause that much damage.

    CBS: Still a beast, though Vegas was disappointing for a CBS premiere. Will see how it holds up in the following weeks.

    FOX: I think it did well enough, they certainly can’t expect more than that for a new comedy block. I expect Ben and Kate to do the same as Raising Hope (which I think it’s what FOX expects too) and Mindy to stay above a 2.0. New Girl surprisingly well after falling so much without Glee as a lead in.

    NBC: Still very solid. I’m really happy Parenthood is stable, hopefully PP falls a bit more in the upcoming weeks and PH stays stable.

  • sofaslug

    FOX Comedy block is fine, if collectively they can manage those numbers week after week, they should be happy with that.

    CBS is still a giant from 8pm-10pm, Vegas will go a silmilar way to unforgettable at this rate.

    ABC won’t be any better when the comedies come in, so they will need to rethink Tuesday next season, to be honest, ABC is going to have to rethink every night with the possible exception of Wednesdays for 2013/2014

    NBC is still good and good for them… Parenthood is impressingly consistent so far…

  • MJDB

    Go On and The New Normal were great episodes last night, and not bad ratings. I thought Vegas was very boring and shut it off halfway through it. Will proabably get cancelled after a 22 episode season since it only got a 2.5 for the premiere.

  • Jim Aubrey

    The “Mindy” numbers are a collective yawn to the most over-hyped sitcom premiere in the history of television.

  • Alex

    That’s just about as I expected.

    NBC again held up relatively well as well so they’ll be happy enough. ABC had another horrible night.

  • Tia

    I think Fox should keep New Girl @8 to lead the night. 2.7/9 is great, I expected far less.

    I think ABC Tuesday comedies are going to get NBC Thursday-like numbers and it’s a shame because they’re both great.

  • Jennifer

    I would love to see the quarter hour breakdown for The Mindy Project. Because in my house, I turned it off about half way through. That show wasn’t even a little amusing.

  • Alex

    Dancing with the stars always does worse in elimination night!


    CBS TOP DAWG ENTIRE NIGHT As well it should be

    Projected 2.5 for Mindy & 2.8 for Vegas, not too far off

    I dunno about Vegas, needs some work but will stay w/ it until Ms Lange & AHS return

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