TV Ratings Tuesday: 'New Girl' Steady, 'Raising Hope' Debuts Down, 'Hart of Dixie' Debut Solid, 'NCIS,' 'The Mindy Project', 'Go On, 'The New Normal' All Down

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October 3rd, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.9/8 2.2/6 2.0/6 1.7/5 1.5/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.7/6 1.7/6 2.1/7 1.1/3 1.3/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 15.145 6.002 3.992 8.712 3.581 1.095


CBS was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, NCIS earned a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 12% from last week's 4.1. NCIS: Los Angeles scored a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 9% from last week's 3.4. Vegas garnered a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating down 16% from last week's 2.5.

On FOX, the season premiere of Raising Hope scored a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 45% from a 3.1 for last season's premiere on Tuesday, September 20 at 9:30PM, which it followed the highly rated season premiere of New Girl. The second episode of Ben and Kate earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 24% from last week's 2.1. New Girl garnered a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week's premiere. The Mindy Project notched a 1.9 among adults 18-49, down 21%  from last week's 2.4.

On NBC, The Voice best of the auditions clip show earned a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 31% from  last week's 4.2. Go On scored a 2.2 18-49 rating, down 19% from last week's 2.7. The New Normal garnered a 1.7 among adults 18-49 down from 15%  last week's 2.0. among adults 18-49. Parenthood notched a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating down 6% from last week's 1.8.

On ABC,  Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars, garnered a 2.1  adults 18-49, even with last week. Private Practice earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 16% from last week's 1.9.

On the CW, the season premiere of Hart of Dixie scored a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating down from a 0.8 for its series premiere on September 26, 2011 at 9PM but up from a a 0.6 for its season finale on May 15, 2012.The Next earned a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating, matching its last original episode on Thursday  ,September 27.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, October 2, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.6/11 18.50
NBC The Voice (Clip Show) 2.9/9 8.22
FOX Raising Hope (Season Premiere) 1.7/5 3.89
ABC Dancing With the Stars (Clip Show) 1.3/4 8.21
CW Hart of Dixie (Season Premiere) 0.7/2 1.54
8:30 FOX Ben and Kate 1.6/5 3.26
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.1/8 14.87
FOX New Girl 2.8/7 5.07
NBC Go On 2.2/6 5.99
ABC Dancing With The Stars 2.1/5 11.80
CW The Next 0.3/1 0.66
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project 1.9/5 3.75
NBC The New Normal 1.7/5 4.61
10:00 CBS Vegas 2.1/6 12.07
NBC Parenthood 1.7/5 4.48
ABC Private Practice 1.6/4 6.12


Via Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) trailed "Late Late Show" (0.6/4).
  • 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 ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Silvio

    @Honey Badger
    If Bill Gorman and Robert Seidman are right, and ratings equal ad dollars which is revenue for the network, then NBC must be losing money.
    I really don’t understand NBC, could someone explain it to me?
    What does NBC do now?

    NBC is not losing money, they’re just earning less than other big 3. A lot less.
    If you’re interested, you can read here what NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke had to say about it:

  • KJ Styles

    @John M- “Ignoring the fact that Vegas was set up as a ‘criminal enterprise’ long before the show takes place”

    The mob has ALWAYS had a hand in casino runnings, and still does to this day

    “or the high ranking female district attorney in a time when working women were a rarity”

    Rarity? Yes. Unheard of? No.

    “or the sherrif breaking the law constantly – those are all very realistic.”

    Like we haven’t seen anti-hero cops in TV series before (The Shield, The Wire, etc).

  • Anon

    Fan Excuse for overall broadcast ratings drop this year: MLB races going down to the absolute last day, and then possibly to a tiebreaker game on Thursday (affecting New York, Dallas, Bay Area and Baltimore-Washington).

  • chrisss

    @ RG-X

    “Good Bye – New Normal”

    It’s not like The New Normal got a full season order yesterday or anything…

    “Parenthood; I think will be safe – it’s beating Private Practice and soon will be over Vegas – (in 2 weeks) – then it will be the number one show in its time-period.”

    You’re forgetting about Sons of Anarchy…

  • KJ Styles

    Oh and John M, you spelled sheriff wrong.

  • John A

    It does hurt me a little that Castle beat Private Practice. PP is a good show even better than Greys most of the time.

  • John_M

    Oh and John M, you spelled sheriff wrong.


    Seeing as how you knew what word I meant to write, BFD. Grammar police to the left please. Now if I had written loose instead of lose you might have had a point to make because that’s just stupidity like when people write ‘should of’.

    However, your rant about ‘realism’ was pointless, your lack of understanding of hatred when you then spew hatred towards a show that doesn’t even claim to be realistic is as laughable as the old fart longing for the old days when because newspapers didn’t publish demographic information it must have meant the networks didn’t care about it.

  • Chad

    That dude John M is not very intelligent that dude didn’t even know mobs run casinos and why Gossip Girl and 90210 kept on getting renewed.

  • Brian J

    NBC shouldn’t be that worried. It just needs to work on promoting the shows more and leave them be for now. It might not do all that much to increase their ratings, but it could help. And it’s not as if the network has a lot of other comedies on top, or any at all really, so it might as well give these more time to grow.

  • lyon

    The comedies, NBC did very well, as shown by, all the programs had significant drops, Go On in your schedule is good, the new normal, too.

  • Wendy

    No fan excuse bingo here: Those “Go On” ratings blow, much as it pains me to type it. It obviously is still very lead-in dependent if these are the numbers it does without one (The Voice was a clip show last night.). The thing is, does NBC even know how to fix things by now? Been at least a decade, so I have no confidence.

    Maybe it was too early for the back 9 for “Go On”. But what’s done is done. I wonder how much more it will slip in the meantime? What a sad thought.

  • Tom

    @ s303 Nothing happening on another network will affect Hart of Dixie. Last season HOD opened to a 0.8 demo and averaged 0.6 for the season. So, notwithstanding the header, the show’s 0.7 second season opener was hardly strong.

  • oldmanatkeyboard

    @John M “as laughable as the old fart longing for the old days”

    Uncalled for…. very rude….

    Not loning for the old days, jsut wondering about todays ways….

    Piss off

  • denny

    @ lyon

    Yeah right, those comedies did horribly.


    Private Practice needs to wrap after six seasons. It had a good run but Kate Walsh is the show and theres no need to keep it going. Kate Walsh even said she is done with Addison would not return to Grey’s either. She is ready to explore other roles. I don’t blame her either but you know she had a good run for a show that really never took off in the way Grey’s did.

  • Fake Me Out


    I’m still putting my money on 2015 being the year both the CW & NBC either close-up shop or radically alter their business methods. My guess is the CW goes mainly cable and/or as a secondary channel on CBS HDTV OTA broadcasts. NBC is harder to predict … do they just cease to exist with Comcast salvaging the “best” for their cable channels or does NBC pull back and become more like the CW … gives up the 10pm hour, turns Saturdays over to the locals, leaves most of day time to reruns and syndication?

    Whatever, with the numbers decreasing year-after-year at some point there has to be, IMO, a contraction in the marketplace.


  • Ryan

    Everyone needs some overhauling when it comes to next year. All the networks have shows that need to be wrapping it up; which means someone needs to have an original idea. Tv isn’t what it use to be.

  • j

    If Elementary goes down the same amount as Vegas, it’ll still be doing decently, but not a hit really.

  • cas127

    NBC getting what it deserved with “New Normal”…”Will and Grace” – like ideology-driven decision to give full-season order after two weeks of mediocre ratings = pending (costly) disaster.

    Last year, no scripted show with a 1.9 or lower season average rating on NBC(except Community – on the cusp of syndication) was renewed.

    A 1.7 for a first run show in Ocober (high viewership month) indicates ratings danger.

    At this level (or lower) NBC may have seriously screwed itself in giving a full season order to a tanking show.

    NBC lawyers feverishly looking for outs as we speak…

  • youwsahh

    Once again you fail to mention that a show, Raising Hope, has had its premiere episode online for free for some time before it aired live. The same way that The Last Resort did. And both shows had “disappointing” ratings, according to you.

    I must say I am disappointed in this site. Clearly you aren’t keeping on top of things. When an episode is available online for free prior to its network airing that HAS to affect the ratings.

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