Tuesday Final Ratings: 'NCIS', 'The Voice', & 'Dancing With the Stars' Special Adjusted Up; 'Go On', 'Vegas' & 'Parenthood' Adjusted Down

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October 3rd, 2012

NCIS, The Voice and the Dancing With the Stars clip show were each adjusted up a tenth among adults 18-49  while Go On, Vegas and Parenthood were each adjusted down a tenth versus the preliminary Tuesday broadcast ratings.


Broadcast primetime final ratings for Tuesday:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.7/11 18.87
NBC The Voice (Clip Show) 3.0/9 8.48
FOX Raising Hope (Season Premiere) 1.7/5 3.90
ABC Dancing With The Stars (SpecialClip Show) 1.4/4 8.29
CW Hart of Dixie (Season Premiere) 0.7/2 1.53
8:30 FOX Ben and Kate 1.6/5 3.32
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.1/8 14.91
FOX New Girl 2.8/7 4.99
ABC Dancing With The Stars 2.1/5 12.03
NBC Go On 2.1/6 5.82
CW The Next 0.3/1 0.63
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project 1.9/5 3,68
NBC The New Normal 1.7/5 4.50
10:00 CBS Vegas 2.0/6 12.11
ABC Private Practice 1.6/4 6.01
NBC Parenthood 1.6/5 4.45


Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Brandy

    SPN, HoD haters said last season”it’ll fall to 0.4, or it’ll be cancelled”. But neither happened.You don’t know what it’s ratings will like in say 5 weeks .

  • eridapo

    @ Ultima said,

    If by getting worse you mean the rate of decline is increasing, then that is probably just perception. Last year was an anomoly, as the major networks were essentially flat year-to-year; we’ve now returned to the normal decline.

    Yes. That is what I meant. I been following the site for about for years, and the change this year as to earlier years just seem to be more drastic.

    BTW … where do you get your historical data from?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Dear Bill Gorman, maybe you an answer a very important question. Not being a Nielsen Family, does my viewership count at all, how about DVR viewing, online viewing or on demand viewing. If not TV viewing is as bad as politics where a few people decide everything for the rest of us but with politicians at least we can vote on election day. I am confused, Thank you”

    Your live TV and DVR viewing isn’t counted if you’re not a Nielsen family.

    Online viewing is counted by whoever’s site you’re using, AND if you’re a Nielsen family AND the online show contains all the ads the TV show originally had when it aired AND you watch within 3 days of airdate it’s counted in the C+3 commercial ratings.

    Video on demand viewing is counted by whoever’s VOD provider’s system you’re using, AND if you’re a Nielsen family AND the VOD contains all the ads the TV show originally had when it aired AND you watch within 3 days of airdate it’s counted in the C+3 commercial ratings.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Yes. That is what I meant. I been following the site for about for years, and the change this year as to earlier years just seem to be more drastic.

    BTW … where do you get your historical data from?”

    Four years of observation, 30 years of broadcast ratings declines. Temper your conclusions.

    Lots of our data is here (sorry,not well organized), including about a decade of network demo ratings as well as 30+ years of HH ratings.

  • Tyson

    Wendy, pre-emptions in October mean fewer repeats in March. No show is going to air 35 all-new episodes. If a debate can hamper a show’s momentum, said show didn’t have much momentum in the first place.

  • Mike

    suddenly im not so worried for hawaii five 0

    Im sure these will be the shows canceled by may on CBS

    1. Vegas (may get a full season though(
    2. Made in jersey
    3. GOlden Boy
    4. Partners (probably wont be on a 13 episodes
    5. The good wife (or given a final season order of 13 eps)

    or possible csi ny but i dont think so

  • Flame

    @Brandy, who wrote: “Good that HoD wasn’t adjusted down.
    SPM, HoD was renewed for several reasons:its one of the cheapest cw shows to make,did well in dvr(1.0 or higher),did well in w18-34,did/does well online,it was doing better than half of CWs lineup at end of the season/third highest rated cw show the last three weeks of the season(it had better ratings than GG ,Nikita,Ringer,Secret Circle in April & May,did better than h8tr,remodeled,la complex).Plus CW ended OTH,cancelled Ringer,SC,Remodeled,h8tr & couldn’t afford to cancel anymore.HoD always bounced back when going low, grew out of its leadin,early repeats in fall helped grow its audience,also it’s not heavily serialized/episodic like Ringer,Nikita ect. so if you missed an episode last season or just tuned in for first time last night,you’re not totally lost & confused,Mark Pedowitz mentioned this in a interview, said he wanted to go more procedural,episode by episode with shows this season cause Ringer was hard to get into if you missed a episode.”

    -> BINGO! All in one post! YAY! ;-)
    Then again, I’m also feeling good about the show not being adjusted down. 0.7 is (unfortunately) a great rating for CW.

  • Wendy


    I do see your point, and I will agree that any such show that loses momentum so quickly didn’t have much to start with, but with such soft ratings across the board, the armchair critic in me still wonders, even with the usual repeats and additional breaks for sports and politics – to quote a song long before my time – how low can they [the ratings] go?

    Clearly, broadcast is in a world of hurt. I bet all wish they could have football on every night. But they obviously can’t. And even if shows were not setting the world on fire to begin with, repeats and other interruptions certainly can’t help, even knowing most shows only have around 22 episodes. It’s one thing to have expected, necessary repeats for the usual non-sweeps months and holidays, but adding sports stuff and this year’s election stuff is just another log in the bonfire of network shows.

    I am morbidly curious as to how low the TV landscape’s numbers will be within two or so years from now.

  • Colin

    Too all the people saying PP will beat Scandal, you’re stupid

  • Colin

    I’m not a Nielson Family but my view counts but not rating right?

  • Ultima

    where do you get your historical data from?

    The spotvault (spottedratings.com) has fairly complete 18-49 ratings for popular shows from the past decade, as well as the network averages back to 2000. It’s a useful resource for quickly finding highs/lows, year-to-year declines, etc.

    Finding any 18-49 information prior to 2000 has been an exercise in futility. However, household ratings are much easier to come by and you can find those for tops shows dating all the way back to the start in 1950. Viewership numbers and more detailed information is floating around dating back to at least 1980.

    Wikipedia is a good starting point – but check the sources and don’t just assume the numbers are correct or properly labeled (e.g. listing households as viewers).

  • Michael

    @Bill- how low do you think Hawaii can go before CBS yanks it off the air?

  • Bob

    Fox and NBC are very lucky that they don’t care about eyeballs because nobody is watching their shows. I guess they have a few demo folks watching but these ratings are dismal. I am glad that CBS is back in business and beating EVERYTHING. NBC enjoyed their month of goodness and now they are back where they belong. Monday night is going to be interesting with The Voice finished with auditions. I thing The Voice and Revolution are done with their big numbers.

  • John A

    ABC will be a complete trainwreck when Happy Endings and Apt 23 start. It will be fun to those flops sink.

  • Bob

    All the people who thought that Scandal would beat Revenge are stupid. haha..Scandal is a dud as everyone already knew.

  • Bob

    Golden boy cancelled by CBS? It hasn’t even aired yet…lol. You must have a powerful crystal ball.

  • TVWatcher00

    CW should have re-upped One Tree Hill for the 15th year in a row… it would have beat those Heart of Dixie numbers handily, and I’m sure Sophia Bush is probably thinking that old gig wasn’t so bad now given Partners dismal performance.

  • Sid


    Bill shed some light to me on a previous thread when he told me that Five-0 already has a syndication deal which practically guarantees it stays on the schedule for “at least” two more seasons.

    Unlike TGW which gets worse ratings and has no deal yet CBS puts up with it so this made me realize we’re 99.9% safe unless our ratings plummet.

    But it seems like Revolution is starting to lose steam(and demos) and viewers are coming back to Five-0(up two tenths from the premiere this week) so hopefully things will get better as the weeks come by.

    Another thing, I really feel like Partners is killing the Monday lineup so hopefully it’s pulled ASAP and CBS brings something that will flow with the Monday schedule.

  • John A

    @Colin If you switched scandal and PP you would see Scandal do PP or worse. PP ratings are bad but Scandal is doing awful with a great lead in.

  • Ultima


    I love how the gigantic ABC bump was entirely the resut of one silly show. :)

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