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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  • fringewillget5seasons

    YIPES Vegas came in low. Still higher than HF0 but there’s no competition on broadcast..

    NCIS over a 4.0 as expected, glad it took out the Voice and the big 20mil marker.

    NCIS: LA was mindnumbingly dull and unoriginal. Deserves to be down from last season.

  • Dan

    Something tells me FOX comedies are in trouble. People are interested in Dancing, singing, and NCIS. Atleast when Glee aired at 8 Tuesday that helped the comedies but if last season’s 4 episode March comedy block is any indication, FOX tuesdays are in trouble.

  • Michael

    @RyanCanada, they got a lot of complaints last season that they were airing too many repeats, and taking too many hiatuses in between the season. With them starting in October, the episodes will air smoothly and consistently.

  • Eridapo

    Looking at Vegas’ halves:

    10:00PM – Vegas 15.459 million, A18-49: 2.7
    10:30PM – Vegas 13.945 million, A18-49: 2.2

    I’ll be concerned about the drop off. It loss 6 tenths from its lead in and at the half it drop another 5 tenths. I’m wondering how low it could go next week. Maybe drop another 2 tenths.

    Also .. other than Revolution, the 10PM slot is looking to be a concern for all networks. Otherwise we are at a point where a 2.0 is a hit and certain renewal, a 1.8 is a mild hit and possible renewal, and anything below will certainly be cancelled..

  • Alex

    A 20% drop is far from a terrible week-on-week performance for Go On considering the circumstances. This was the first time it faced proper competition not just in the form of New Girl but also NCIS: LA. That it managed a high-2 is far from a disaster. We’ll see how it does in the weeks to come as New Girl and NCIS: LA come down off their premiere highs. If it remains relatively stable or even grows as it picks up New Girl viewers that desert it then it’ll be fine. Its hard to take one week in isolation and come up with too much in situations like this though.

  • Oliver


    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.

    Doubt it. It doesn’t seem to have any effect. It certainly didn’t hurt the premiere numbers of Revolution or New Girl.

  • RyanCanada

    @Michael Thanks…

  • Dan

    Vegas and Elementary will get full seasons. Vegas could avoid being the next Unforgettable if it holds up and its competition of veterans Private Practice and Parenthood will certainly help the show.

  • Brian J

    Those are some sort of rough numbers for “Go On” and “The New Normal,” but we’ll see how good things are in a few weeks. At the very least, “The Voice” is holding up well in both viewers and A18-49. If that holds up and NBC gives both sitcoms some time to grow, I could see them settling in nicely.

  • Mark Wilkins

    Ouch at Vegas only a 2.5 from a 4.1 lead since overall viewers aren’t as important as the 18-49 category. If they don’t grow on this or stay consistent, this looks to be the only sesaon for the show. Good for NCIS though winning the night as it should. And New Girl’s numbers are pretty good, I think it will be #2 this season behind NCIS:LA beating NBC.

  • Andrea

    I still don’t see Monday night or Tuesday for that matter realling changing on ABC next year. Excpet whatever will fill the hour after DWTS on Tuesday since it looks like it could be the last season of PP.

  • Tom

    @RyanCanada: CW tries not to premiere their shows at the same time as the other networks, as they would get crushed.

    So they have been launching before everyone else. Except their repeat numbers are terrible, so they would go for literally months in a row with 0.2s and 0.3s.

    So this year, they moved their premieres back. They hope they can get people to try their shows out after the premiere week melee is over, and they get less weeks with (terrible) repeats out of the deal. It remains to be seen if people will try, say, Arrow, or if they have settled into their pattern by then.


    @ rockmypants

    Duh–thanks–just can’t wait to see AHS new season

  • bluejays

    Eridapo- I agree about the ten pm slot. We need to see how Revenge does later this week and Elementary (which I think might do quite well) but so far the ten pm numbers (bar revolution) are seriously low compared to last year and compared to earlier time slots.

    I wonder if there’ll be a tweak to the renew cancel index etc if they all come in low across the board to make an exception for ten pm shows like there is for Friday shows?

    If these number trends continue across the nights and then into the next few weeks though you’ve got to wonder how long networks will bother to put up ten pm shows.

  • Brian J


    Agreed about NBC’s comedies. They were down, but they faced MUCH more competition than usual.

    What’s most important is that they still have a strong-lead in. Even facing a huge “NCIS” and a decent “DWTS,” “TV” held up. If that continues, and I see no reason why it won’t, unless specific viewer interest in the show fails, NBC’s comedies will have a chance.

  • Dan

    @ DougF – I used to think that having episodes available would hurt shows since they were online but it may encourage people to watch if they like what they see. I doubt Ben & Kate and Mindy were affected theres just a lot of competition by NBC’s new powerhouse The Voice and CBS’s old powerhouses NCIS & NCIS LA

  • MoHasanie

    As usual, NCIS performs well and NCIS LA performed respectably. These days, even a 3.4 is excellent. Vegas premiered low, and it looked quite boring to me so I didn’t watch it.

    New Girl only got a 2.7 for both episodes which is not great. Ben And Kate didn’t premiere well. And the Mindy project did ok considering the lead in. Didn’t bother watching Fox yesterday. Overall, Fox is not going to have a easy time on Tuesdays this season.

    NBC’s The Voice did alright. A 4.0 is still good. Go on did ok, but it will keep falling which is not great. Also, that retention from The Voice isn’t good.

    ABC had a terrible night, and Monday’s and Tuesday’s are going to be bad for them this season. DWTS is performing badly this season, and if it does the same next year, than I think its time ABC change their Monday’s and Tuesdays away from DWTS. PP premiered ok, but I still don’t think it deserved another season. ABC really messed up by leaving it behind Grey’s for so many years, back when Grey’s was a massive powerhouse. PP actually did get excellent ratings in its early seasons, and should have been moved to another time slot where it could still perform well on its own, and Grey’s could have been a lead in for something else. Oh well, now ABC is suffering with really, only three shows that can get 3.0+ the entire season.

    Still Tuesday remains the most boring night of TV for me, since I don’t watch or like anythings that’s on. Oh well…

  • Dan

    CW also did a smart thing pushing their premieres until October. This way they will have less repeats and can air October-December straight through when other shows have repeats. Premiering in September just means more gaps and CW doesnt have the shows to fill those gaps.

  • Tom

    People: an NBC show settling at 2.7, against all new competition (including the comedy hit of last year!) IS NOT a dramatic drop.

    If anything, I suspect NBC is breaking out the champagne and/or the backorder press releases.

  • cc

    Wow for CBS with just scripted shows.

    NBC getting back to its old self. The Voice lost this viewer after letting the older woman go who could sing in favor of an autotune reject.

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