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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  • Michael

    So far, the CW is starting off really well!

  • bigbrotherfan

    GOOD HoD!

  • Justin121

    Biggest winners of the night: New Girl and Hart of Dixie.

    “Steady” being the new “Up”.

    The 10pm hour will see shows renewed with 1.x ratings for ABC and CBS this year.

    NCIS also big winners. GO On and New Normal need +4.0 Voice lead-in.

  • Sandy

    Poor Raising Hope and The New Normal. Two of the best comedies on TV. I don’t see Raising Hope getting another season at this point. Also, I do agree it was a bit too early for NBC to give The New Normal a full season order (although I’m pleased they did). Here’s a question: can a network say, “Just kidding!” after they’ve given a full season order for a show?

  • r0ckmypants

    Considering Go On is doing better than every other comedy on NBC and The New Normal is doing better than all but The Office, I don’t think they’re regretting anything.

  • Ram510

    So it looks like people only watch NBC on Mondays and Tuesdays

    And people only watch ABC Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday judging by their respective ratings

  • Ron

    Go On and TNN very dependent on the lead in. Voice clip show went down and took them with it. NG the only bright spot in Fox’ lineup.

  • BrieK

    I guess this is it for Private Practice. What is going on with DWTS? It is dying and I thought the whole “All-Star” aspect would have given it a bump in the ratings.

  • Kyle R

    Aaaaaand everything crashes! Ladies and gentlemen, it’s going to be a bloody season!

  • silvit

    The only show which did great for its network is New Girl. It skew sooo young.

  • Mon

    The New Normal now on its knees, as we all expected!

    Put another “stars” on DWTS and maybe it would soar.

  • Trekker26

    I enjoyed Vegas last night. It’s sad that 12 million viewers is “horrible” due to this stupid 18-49 demographic crap that the ratings covet. This whole rating system is beyond stupid. The whole ratings system could use an overhaul.

  • joel

    DWTS is a disaster. The writing was on the wall and having an “All-Star” season was the act of desperation.

  • jess

    Vegas is in trouble – if you’re a 10 P.M. show with a syndication deal you can survive in the low 2’s. A new show won’t make it, especially on CBS. They spent a small fortune promoting that show too.

  • Michael

    Looks like people are slowly losing interest in “Dancing With The Hasbeens”


  • Mark

    @rockmypants I’ll give you go on. But The new normal seems to be only ahead of those other shows so far is because its a new show. Seems like a few people are giving it a chance. The trend is downhill for it every week, within 2 weeks its ratings will be lower than Parks and rec and up all night and whatever else you are comparing it too.

  • John_M

    I enjoyed Vegas last night. It’s sad that 12 million viewers is “horrible” due to this stupid 18-49 demographic crap that the ratings covet. This whole rating system is beyond stupid. The whole ratings system could use an overhaul.

    That’s a bingo square folks

  • Candlestrike

    And we’ll have no more breathless posts about The Mindy Project’s “spectacular retention rate” from the likes of Joe Adalian.

  • HB

    HOD did good for CW standards!

  • nicole

    ummm….cancel private practice already.why is it still around?

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