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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • David

    @trekker…I absolutely positively could not agree with you more. The whole ratings system seems to be antiquated and poorly designed. If twelve million people watched a sporting event it would be considered the Superbowl, but a television show is considered a failure because children weren’t watching. Seems pretty dumb!

  • Petar Ivanov

    CBS need from plan B or C. All their new shows bomps. More BBT repeats i guess. If Vegas vs PP and Parenthood is bad what if there was Hannibal or Once or Greys.

  • lol @ the old people

    DWTS says 1.3 in the chart and 2.1 in the text

  • John_M

    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?

    Sorry, Bingo rules indicate that you can only use it for one or the other – not both – but you get to choose which one.

  • Ricky

    @Rebecca: True.

  • Robert

    I don’t get how anyone can say HoD did good. Because it didn’t do good it dropped to 0.6 in the half hour so it will most likely adjust down to 0.6 in the finals.

  • John_M

    If twelve million people watched a sporting event it would be considered the Superbowl

    Do you know how many people watch the super bowl on average – just in this country?

    If the super bowl only got 12 million viewers it would be a shameful disaster – I mean it would be jacksonville versus tampa or cinci versus minnesota bad

  • oldncis

    Big drop on NCIS. Didn’t care too much for Abby centric story.

  • John_M

    Big drop on NCIS. Didn’t care too much for Abby centric story.

    Well – they should definitely worry about you more than the majority of their fan base (hint, young people find her kind of hot)

  • a p garcia

    TNN and Go On order was too early in the season

  • Wowza

    FOX is happy enough. They couldn’t have expected more than .2 – .3 better…… Hopefully it can how a bit. And the Goodwin games will premiere to help it with Idol, and Idol will likely lead i to one of the Comedys – the mindy project – to draw some new faces.

  • Jared

    Happy to see Hart of Dixie premiere pretty solid by CW standards. For a series that normally has very little promotion outside of the CW network and being a self starter the CW should be very happy they gave this show a second season. I have faith the show will continue to be steady throughout the season.

  • Ricky

    @John_M: Do the regular excuses even apply to the CW? Most people don’t even agree that it should be counted as a network, what with the cable-like ratings it gets and all. Plus it doesn’t really follow the same kind of rules the major nets do?

  • Alfred E. Neuman

    Ouch @ The Future of Network Television

  • GGH

    This may be common knowledge but I thought I would post this just in case.
    3 debates left after tonight, Thursday Oct.11, Tuesday Oct.16 and Monday
    October 22. It looks like the Top 25 list will be sort of inconclusive until the last week of October.

  • still good shows on tv

    Raising Hope and Ben & Kate are a good pairing to bad the ratings don’t show it.

  • Ricky

    @oldncis: Really? Have you no heart? Abby’s subplot was my favorite part of the whole show, hands down.

  • Adrian

    “I don’t get how anyone can say HoD did good. Because it didn’t do good it dropped to 0.6 in the half hour so it will most likely adjust down to 0.6 in the finals.”

    That’s not how finals are calculated. Half-hours have nothing to do with adjustments in the finals.

    I agree with whoever said that 0.7 will be automatic renewal on the CW this year. Unless HOD adjusts down to 0.5, I’d say it started solid.

  • JR

    Someone had said last Tuesday was a Voice clip show- but, I found it odd that such a show would get a 4.2- so it probably wasn’t, then, I gather?

  • Wowza

    Point – won’t be cancelled at these levels – for any of these shows – moved around? Yes. New Girl might be moved. Im not sure where though. maybe a start of the hour premiere to start the night right. Hope can do better than this behind New Girl than Mindy is doing. So , Idk.

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