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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  • Shawn

    I think if Vegas can stay at a 2.0 or higher it would be safe at that 10 pm timeslot for a Full Season Pick up. 10 pm has been really rough all the way around this season. It is winning its timeslot easily too, which helps!

  • SPM

    @ Bill Gorman

    That is true I suppose

    I personally see Beauty & Beast or should I say hope it flops worse than HOD

  • Colin

    They should give everyone a rating box and go from there…

  • MattFitz

    FOx was stupid to move Glee as its tues anchor at9pm.If the voice is onlyan hr. on Tuesdays the 9pm has much less of a demo competition as NCISLA skews old and Glee is gonna keep getting wiped out on Thur with grays and POI both shows that would share audience with Glee they are killing both nights (Tue and Thur) with there stupidity Glee performed way better on Tues it can crush goon/nn and the stale DWTS plus win or tie demo with NCILA its doomed for 3rd on Thursday,Who made this dumb decision.They must want to end Glees run or they would not have tried to go against such tough proven audiences on Thur for CBS and ABC.The X Failure gives it no bump

  • Chana

    Good for New Girl staying steady! I didn’t like the show last fall when it debuted, I gave it another try over the summer and changed my mind. Now I really, really enjoy it. The second episode of the Mindy Project was much better than the first. I may stick with it for a few more episodes.

  • TimsDale4ever

    GO ON and NEW NORMAL keep dropping. NORMAL is actually quite interesting and different. NBC may have renewed this 2 a little too early.

  • Kavyn

    Woah a 0.7 for HOD? That’s really impressive. I’m hoping the other CW shoes follow suit with the better ratings too.

  • KJ Styles

    John M is an idiot, that is all.

  • SPM

    @ Kavyn

    How is 0.7 for a premiere episode of a new season impressive?

    A 0.8 or 0.9 would be impressive for the first new episode.

  • Rebecca

    Mindy was pretty good yesterday…better than the pilot. I’ll keep watching.

  • Brandy

    SPN, HoD was up in demo from its season one finale,barley lost any total viewers,& had its best performance since Jan & was only one tenth in demo down from its series premiere,not to mention CW was comfortable with its 0.5-0.5 almost all last season to renew it, and a 0.7 is good for CW ,specially considering how bad most of thier shows did last year & this summer(remodeled,h8tr less than a million viewers 0.2-0.4 demo& cancelled,SC,Ringer started as hits but crashed later & were cancelled,Catalina,Next,Breaking Pointe 0.4. Or lower demo,less than a million viewers(BP was renewed),LaComplex less than a million viewers,0.2-0.4 demo,oh sit 0.4 demo a little over a million viewers for first several episodes but has fallen below a million viewers the last few episodes.)CW averaged 0.4-0.7 demo last spring and HOD didn’t fall as much as the other CW shows did old&new.

  • SPM

    @ Brandy

    I can guarantee you that the CW were and will never be happy with 0.5s for ANY show.

  • Silvio

    Hart of Dixie 0.7 in A18-49, 0.8 in A18-34, 1.1 in W18-34.
    Absolutely speaking: awful.
    Relatively speaking: in line with expectations and not a flop.
    Sadly enough, that is the state netlet The CW is in.

  • Brad

    I feel bad for these networks. They just continue to bleed viewers season, after season, after season.

  • omabin


    I don’t think we need to feel bad for the networks. Their profits are probably not affected that much. I think they renegotiate the prices with the advertisers in terms of the relative ratings. I think, if anything, advertisers come out of this ratings decline loosing, because they are likely to be paying the same thing they were paying before for a lower amount of viewership.

  • Brandy

    Spam, plus considering the fact it is a leadin now,has no leadin anymore, the new day/time & middling amount promotion ,a 0.7. Isn’t bad.

  • John A

    Nikita fans are mocking HOD ratings i see.

  • Scrootie

    I don’t get why you guys are always saying that Networks aren’t paying attention t other modes of viewership. iTunes charge for every episode that is downloaded, Netflix charges subscribers a flat fee and includes many tv shows, and there are ads on every single official streaming site. If you ever streamed a show on CBS.com or fox.com for example, you would know there are numerous ads played during every break. The way I see it, every base seems to be covered. Television ads just cost the most.


    CBS only net showing sign of life as 8-10 over 3.0 & Vegas wins 10:00

    The Voice not singing as well & brings entire slate down w/ it
    SOS sent out to ABC, CW starting to look alive

  • xhp24

    Looks like CBS made the wrong bet on ‘Vegas’

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