'Vegas' Premieres With 14.7 Million Viewers and Time-Period Sweep in All Key Ratings Categories

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September 26th, 2012

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"NCIS" Opens at 20.2 Million Viewers, Its Second-Largest Premiere Ever and Biggest Since 2009


"NCIS" Tops "The Voice," "Dancing with the Stars" and FOX Comedies in All Key Ratings Measures in Head-to-Head Competition


"NCIS: Los Angeles" Wins Time Period in All Key Ratings Categories


CBS Sweeps Premiere Tuesday in Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49


The new drama VEGAS premiered to 14.7 million viewers, sweeping its time period in all key demographics, while NCIS and NCIS: LOS ANGELES opened with their biggest premieres since 2009, as both swept their time periods, leading CBS to an across-the-board victory on Premiere Tuesday, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Sept. 25.


NCIS (P) posted its second-largest premiere audience ever (20.16m), topping "The Voice," "Dancing with the Stars" and FOX comedies in viewers and key demographics.  NCIS was first in households (12.3/19), viewers (20.16m), adults 25-54 (5.6/15) and adults 18-49 (4.1/12).  If ratings hold, NCIS will have posted its best deliveries in all of these measures since Feb. 7, 2012 (the program's 200th episode).


At 9PM, NCIS: LOS ANGELES (P) was first in households (10.2/15), viewers (16.72m), adults 25-54 (4.7/11) and adults 18-49 (3.4/09).  If the ratings hold, NCIS: LOS ANGELES delivered its second-largest premiere audience and its best deliveries in viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 since Jan. 3, 2012.


At 10PM, VEGAS (P) was first in households (9.3/15), viewers (14.70m), adults 25-54 (3.5/09) and adults 18-49 (2.5/07).  VEGAS added +590,000 viewers (from 14.11m, +4%) compared to last year's premiere of UNFORGETTABLE.  If the ratings hold, VEGAS posted the largest fall delivery for a CBS 10PM drama since 2002's JUDGING AMY.


For the night, CBS was first in households (10.6/17), viewers (17.19m), adults 25-54 (4.6/11) and adults 18-49 (3.3/09).


Updated Tuesday ratings will be available this afternoon.


Editor’s Note: DVR penetration is at 46%, up from 42% last season.  Last fall, Live+7 audiences for original entertainment series on CBS averaged more than a +1.4 million viewer gain over Live+ Same Day ratings, more than any other network.  This season, we expect DVR usage to continue to expand, increasing DVR playback deliveries.

  • Gabe

    wow it’s weird reading a press release where they don’t really need to spin the numbers
    *cough* ABC *cough*

  • ChuckieChk

    I enjoyed NCIS: LA, I didn’t watch Vegas but for those who did, did you like or dislike it?

  • Bill

    Vegas was just ok for me, but NBC or ABC had nothing on for me.

  • rick

    Vegas looks good. First rate actors make a difference.

  • Kathy

    I enjoyed it, but it was a but slow at times. I’m glad that it did fairly well, at least. I’d like to see how it develops.

  • Leoben Conoy

    Vegas was very solid. A tid bit generic. But solid overall. And the cast is definitely why I will be onboard for quite a bid.

    Certainly a much better written show then the other big drama to premeire so far (Revolution).

  • Hillbilly

    Vegas = Longmire set in the 50-60’s(?) I’m glad it did good. Hope the demo grows.

  • Matt

    Definitely worth watching- Vegas

  • Don Juan

    Good for vegas. It’s still sitting in my DVR. I will have to check it out.


    Vegas kind of bored me but its has potential. Its slow moving but it could go the way of POI a slow start but then get more involved. Its a very different show for network TV, its more FX and cable but it could be very involving. The creator wrote Goodfellas and Michael Chiklas always is amazing. I only watched to see him and he always delivers its an older skewing show but a good one.

  • Deion

    It’s kinda suck-ish, but it’s okay, it has own thing, but it’s not like it will be gone in the few months or something.

  • Hubert

    I consider Vegas to be a flop. I mean come on, only 2.2 in second half hour, no real competition and a good lead-in. The show will drop next week to at least 2.3. I actually expected this show to be a hit. Now I hope Elementary does good, but if not… Well, this might not be a good year for CBS newbies.

  • KarenM

    @Hubert, Elementary has the best slot on CBS. If it’s a flop CBS doesn’t have a really successful new drama this season.

  • DK

    Vegas will continue to drop if it coninues to be a horrible show. so it will conintue to drop.



    Very disappointed in Vegas.. It was so boring. They had the plot revolve around a murder that no one cared about. And it seems like its going to be a basic cop show with some 1960s elements

  • Karin

    Vegas so boring, agrre with previous post,horrible show ,and as said ,worst ever for CBS drama since 2004,period

  • PaulMax1957

    After seeing Michael Chiklis act as a good cop/bad cop in “The Shield” I always wanted to see him strictly as a bad guy and I really loved his performance. Was happy with the ratings and I hope it can keep it up.

  • KJ Styles

    I liked Vegas, so far it’s the only new show I’ve been impressed with. I’ll probably DVR The Last Resort and Elementary.

    Revolution is soooooo overrated. I don’t like the premise and the acting was horrific. It will survive only because of it’s lead in. Vegas is a much better show and I hope it survives.

  • Bill Page

    Well done show. I enjoyed and would like to see this given a chance to attack viewers.

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