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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  • Jamie

    There is no doubt this is the final season of Private Practice. ABC needs to call it, so it can get a little publicity and wrap up storylines.

  • Joe

    ABC should really consider moving their Tuesday comedies to Monday.. It’s less crowded. You have CBS’s block, but thats not that much of a threat anymore now that their big hitter is gone. You have The Voice but I think that’s better than 2 other comedies..

  • william

    go on, and the new normal are definitely killing parenthood.

  • ATXCountry

    Last night’s DWTS episode should really be split into an 8pm Recap Eposide and a 9pm Live elimination. The first hour’s ratings were so low because it was basically a summary of Monday’s show.

    Two hours is far too long for a Tuesday show, however a recap show has to be a pretty cheap hour to produce.

  • KarenM

    If Vegas is in danger it’s because Quaid’s a horrible leading actor. He’s not even eye candy worthy like Harmon. Plus, I can only think of the Vegas that starred Robert Urich (and I’m dating myself)!

  • Arthur

    FOX might have the worst comedy block on all of television right now. New Girl deserves better shows around it.

  • KarenM

    Everyone knew Pam Anderson was going home last night so why bother tuning in? Next will be Bristol Palin and then maybe it’ll get interesting.

  • bluejays

    If Vegas drops next week – after being the lowest premier for CBS in that slot for eight years, they should get rid and move HFO to that slot. They have a vested interest to save HFO. It has the syndication deal. It is a CBS production. It also goes well with the two NCIS shows. It wouldn’t be up against Monday night football or Revolution. Which has clearly sapped the strengh of HFO like Delilah cutting off Samsons hair – or some thing like that.

    I’m horrified at Private Practice. I really am. I love that show. But to be honest the ten pm slot is weak all round. Those numbers are very low. It will be interesting to see what happens all week but if these sorts of numbers continue and carry on for the season I can see all the Nets doing a Fox and dropping the ten pm hour in the next couple of years.

  • bigbrotherfan

    I’m worried for “Happy Endings”…What a disastor DWTS is turning out to be now. HE skews young and this show so old. Worried.

  • r0ckmypants

    @The Old Man – AHS is on Wednesdays…

  • DKD

    Vegas may have done better if it weren’t for Sons of Anarchy in the time period.

  • Michael

    Could you imagine if Dancing With The Stars, actually had relevant A-list stars? Meryl Streep doing the foxtrot, Angelina Jolie doing the Cha Cha Cha, Anne Hathaway doing the Rumba, Julia Roberts doing the Jive, Christian Bale doing the Quickstep lol.

  • Justin121

    NBC should announce full-season pick ups for REV, GON, TNN to gain publicity and, hopefully, ratings.

    If only Go On had beaten New Girl…

    Also, if ANP and GWK (and Chicago Fire) do well today, they could wait announce full-season pick-ups for five or six new series.

  • James

    >go on, and the new normal are definitely killing parenthood.

    Parenthood is doing near enough as well as it did last year. Certainly if it holds around 1.7-2.0 then it is a cert for renewal on the peacock.

  • RyanCanada

    i think Happy Endings and Appt 23 will be fine, and i cannot wait for them to premiere i absolutly love them, and i will watch them live over any other show.

  • robin

    I cant wait for the CW to start their fall schedule next week lol

  • Tia

    WOW @Fox 18-34 Numbers, NG skews really young!

  • DougF

    I wonder if the pilots of Ben & Kate and The Mindy Project being online a month before they aired might have hurt them a little bit.

  • Sarah

    Wow at NCIS. I’m amazed by those numbers especially since I don’t know a single person who watches the show. These 13 episodes of Private Practice are going to be the last for sure. Might as well just announce it now.

  • RyanCanada

    why exactly is the CW all of a sudden waiting till October to premiere all there shows this season? is it due to there basic 22 episodes not being enough? or they hope to premiere better with the other shows already being a few episodes in? anyone know?

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