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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  • william

    parenthood is holding steady, but I still believe that go on, and the new normal are both killing parenthood. parenthood is a family show, and there is no reason whey it shouldn’t have been given a 9:00 time slot on any day.
    you can’t just throw a bunch for show together on the same night. you have to build a night of programing by pairing shows together so people watch one channel the entire night, and it not like nbc doesn’t know how to do that, because they did it with the office, parks & rec, and community. I love revolution, and I have confidence in it, but nbc needs to start developing some new show that they can pair up with revolution when the voice ends to build a night the revolution fanbase will be into.

  • Allen

    Noooooooooo Vegas!

  • lyon

    @ Danny

    The many years that major broadcasters, not been shown good programs
    Private TV channels like HBO or AMC has made these years so much better programs and series than any other major channel, and never depended on Ratings.

    The American has lost interest in television, and the numbers do not let me lie.

    The new normal for example had 1.7 / 4 against Mindy The Project 1.9 / 3, how is that bad? both had virtually the same hearing, Neither Fox nor NBC had big gain.

  • Holly


    You’re right, Vegas is realistic.

    Obviously there are differences from the real history, but Ralph Lamb did have an interesting approach to justice, and did battle it out the with mob in Vegas.

    From an article on the real Lamb:

    In his day, Lamb’s law was simple: If you came to his town, you played by his rules. If you didn’t, you paid the price.

    In the 1960s, he arrested 74 Hells Angels and gave them haircuts — after dismantling many of their motorcycles. “They were pretty shaggy,” he explains with a hint of a smile. “I was afraid they might disease-up the jail.”

  • silvit


    Then broacast tv is DEAD. They don’t even know the meaning of original idea. It’s always the same recycled stuff with middle of the road characters, all perfect, all stylish and dressed-up, all uber-smart, all rich or with no real worries about money/job, all saying the right things to say (do you think a broadcast tv character would say something like “I’m waiting for the day it (cancer) will come back”? No way, cheesy dialogue all around etc. etc.

  • ReallyTired

    @John_M You think Modern Family making jokes about pregnant women getting fat or a guy lusting after a hot Latina is the same as ‘The Mindy Project’ making jokes about a Husband beating his wife, and breaking her nose in a domestic fight, is the same thing?? Really? Any women in your home? Or do you have a Mom who was beaten by your Dad?

    It’s disgusting.

    Women’s group should be outraged. Not only is ‘Mindy’ horrible to women, it’s a disgrace of a comedy. Period.

  • POI

    good for hart of dixie, comeon Go On GO UP!!!!!

  • SPM

    Only a 0.7 for a premiere episode?

    And thats solid?

    HOD = FLOP

    I expect 0.5s before Christmas.

  • Mike

    NBC is already regretting their decision to give new normal a full season… they should just order 1 episode more…lol

  • Wendy


    Because that is just another likely excuse in Fan Excuse Bingo. Consider this: “New Girl” also has its pilot online before it aired last year…and the pilot ratings were still great. Ditto that formula for “Go On”.

    The extra exposure helped those premieres (in “Go On”‘s case, at least for a few weeks).

    The sad reality is, “Raising Hope” has never, ever been able to pull in huge numbers. And I don’t think it is strong enough to lead the two-hour comedy block.

  • ReallyTired

    Vegas really isn’t good. Another Crime Broadcasting System procedural that wishes it were ‘Goodfellas’ or in tv terms, HBO’s phenomenal ‘Boardwalk Empire’.

  • lyon

    Boardwalk Empire, Made Man, The walking Dead, Game of thrones, are examples that the private channels have presented to us, Fox with all his money, which she presents to us? Over a soil boring children of Glee.?

  • Andrea


    A .07 for the CW is hardly a flop. If it was on another network, yes it would be a flop. But not on the CW.

  • nikki

    dont get used to heat of dixies numbers that will be the highest it gets all season.. wait and see.

  • william

    honestly i didn’t know that (vegas) took place in the 60’s until the day it was suppose to premiere, and i couldn’t tell what (the last resort) was about from the commercials so i looked it up online. i think network tv sucks because network executives are bad at picking, and promoting shows. the first batch of network shows seem to always suck for the most part so i’m waiting for the midseason replacements. the only one I’ve heard about so far that sounds cool is kevin bacon’s new show (the following)

  • SPM

    @ Andrea

    I stated it was a flop for a premiere episode of a new season. Premiere episodes usually are the highest rated episodes of the entire season based on hype.

    A 0.7 for the premiere isn’t a good sign for the rest of the season as it almost always drops.

    HOD isn’t likely to make it to a third season imho

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “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.”

    As noted yesterday, that 1.9 is nonsense.

    Whitney was renewed averaging a 1.6 in the spring.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Wendy, how retentionista of you. Networks may schedule based on retention, but they renew or cancel based on ratings. Even at last nights rating Go On us in no danger.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @SPM, until we see how the other CW shows do, declaring HOD dead is comical.

  • aiden

    new normal nooooooooooooooooooooooo! the show is really good I love it

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