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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  • Ram510

    I just don’t understand why CW can’t get a 1.0 (besides TVD)? Even cable shows can get a 1.0

  • Brandy

    Good for Hart of Dixie!

  • senor chang

    surprised at how dependent both Go On and The New Normal are on the Voice. I thought that Go On would at least stay in the mid 2s. they have the entire fall to build an audience, though, so NBC shouldn’t be terribly worried. yet. if they stay at these numbers even after they get their lead in back, then they should be worried. Parenthood is holding pretty steady, though.

    just bad for the FOX comedies. New Girl holding steady is good, but those numbers look like NBC’s comedy numbers did last fall. not a single other show over a 2? I like all four, too. it’s a real shame.

    CBS’s best night continues to do (slightly lower) gangbusters, but Vegas is already in the low 2s.

    as for ABC…at least the results show did decently?

    I pretty much agree with everybody, this was a pretty bad night all around.

  • Ricky

    @Sandy: If Fox continues to have two hours of sitcoms, and Raising Hope makes it back up to second place out of all the sitcoms, most likely it’s coming back (that’s how it got this season in the first place.) That, and the fact that it’s the oldest sitcom Fox has now, and therefore the closest to syndication readiness.

    And yes, sometimes I wish the network would say “Just kidding!” But if they say that for TNN, they’d say it for Go On also, because that show’s ratings started high, so it always had a much longer way to fall… :(

  • John_M

    HOD did good for CW standards!

    What’s lower – the CW standards or the kardashians?

  • David

    @Bee…lol. No puppy punching will be tolerated.

  • John_M

    I just don’t understand why CW can’t get a 1.0 (besides TVD)? Even cable shows can get a 1.0

    Not being on in NYC can’t help

    Sucking doesn’t help either

  • Colt


    HOD seems like its days are numbered, the show isnt getting any better to keep nor gain an audience.

    Vegas is looking quite solid, for a show of its nature.

    Raising hope, debut is low.

  • sofaslug

    Thought Ben & Kate was near unwatchable last week, needs to go!

  • Rebecca

    Go On and NG were great (I love the Nick/Jess stuff and the “Tugg Romney” bit with Schmidt was fun). TNN is okay (still watching it right now online). I’ll watch Mindy later. B&K was good; RH was okay – nice to see Melanie Griffith and her mom Tippi Hedren on RH immediately preceding B&K since that one stars Melanie’s daughter [with Don Johnson] as Kate.

    Due to the usual subject matter, I don’t think Fox would put New Girl on earlier in the night. It’s more adult humor, whereas RH is more family friendly (much of its adult humor can go over kids’ heads more than NG’s probably could). In the meantime, yeah, it sucks that RH suffers against not just NCIS but whatever reality stuff airs at the same time.

  • Michael

    I can’t recall, but has Parenthood always struggled in the ratings department?

  • JJ

    The Mindy Project was so much better last night than the pilot was…sad that it’s going down :(
    This night is so competitive for comedies and when HE and a Ap.23 starts (both great shows btw) it is even harder for them to hold up…

  • Eridapo

    @Petar Ivanov

    Like I told you before the season started, a shift has taken over tv and the results began to show last year. This year that shift is just accelerating.

    Even though DVR penetration might have only gone up a bit in the last couple of years, what might have change is that those who have it are using it more and relying on it to DVR multiple shows.

    10PM is the DVR hour. If you DVR an earlier show,you are more likely to watch it at ten than much later. If you DVR your Ten PM show, you just watch it the next day when there is nothing on.

    I also think people have gotten use to doing marathons of their favorite shows during the weekends over the summer, so they don’t bother to watch on a weekly basis.

    Streaming too is taking a bite. Why watch live when your favorite show will be available to you when you needed.

    I told you about the “Tipping Point” theory last week. Sometimes people expect changes to happen only when there is a large shift, but what most often happens is that even a small gradual shift can cause huge changes.

  • david

    To the person who wants to see the Heart of Dixie you can see it on the cwtv.com. Good to see it do good for them last night. and i hope they work out a deal to get back on cable there soon.

  • Ricky

    @John_M: Don’t forget the fact that the CW gets an obvious girl-show/teen-show stigma. Which is a shame for, say, SPN, which falls outside this particular TV ghetto – but at least it lends itself to excellent usage of biting-the-hand humor directed at the network!

  • jens2488

    Well The New Normal down, but still higher than most of the NBC comedies. So it will probably air all episodes. A second season is another topic.

    Fox has the ratings I expected them to get since they published their schedule, but I expected The Miny Project a bit stronger.

    Vegas very weak. Will Golden Boy replace it midseason or will Golden Boy go to Fridays to replace Made in jersey. CBS shows unknown weaknesses this season.

    Happy for Hart of Dixie and its ratings.

    PP will end after its 13 episodes.

  • Mr. Sparky

    “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.”

    Do I mark this as “It does great in total viewership” or “Nielson is an antiquated system” on my Fan Excuse Bingo card? If I cut the comment in two, can I count it for a two-fer?

  • Ram510

    I don’t know what to think of Vegas numbers considering Unforgettable got high 1’s low 2’s and still got renewed. It got loved to summer, but still eventually renewed

  • a p garcia

    Those are about the #s I expected for Go On, TNN, and TMP. All three are not as funny as they could be, with TMP bordering on a drama. Good numbers for NG and NCIS.

  • John_M

    @John_M: Don’t forget the fact that the CW gets an obvious girl-show/teen-show stigma. Which is a shame for, say, SPN, which falls outside this particular TV ghetto – but at least it lends itself to excellent usage of biting-the-hand humor directed at the network!

    Bah Humbug

    I’m 40 – I’ve been watching the CW selectively since it was the WB and UPN separately – I watch Supernatural – I will give emily what’s her name a chance – this sounds like another bingo excuse to me

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