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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  • Wowza

    Mindy is doing alright though, and creatively the whole block is very strong. Strongest block on tv probably, creatively

  • John_M

    @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?

    If they want to play in the big boy pond then yes they should count. Most people don’t agree on most things, and often for the most ridiculous of reasons. Arguing the ‘demographic’ excuse for the CW when cable channels could just as easily argue it as they are mostly by definition ‘niche’ channels to me is counter intuitive. The fact that the CW can’t get ratings as good as niche cable channels does lend weight that it isn’t a network, but then if it isn’t a network maybe it should go off the air or consider being a ‘niche’ cable network where at least subscriber fees would off set their awful ratings (but then again – what cable networks / directv / dish would carry such flotsam with such limited programming?)

    Honestly – if all these shows were on ABC Family would anyone be surprised?

  • Dan

    Raising Hope will still get a full 22 episode fourth season for syndication

  • Sarah

    Actually I like Vegas better than Elementary both acting and story wise, but no comparison to the CBS’ new show of last year – Person of Interest.

  • Ryann

    I was expecting more from HOD, Go On and Raising Hope.. Oh well, theres always next week

  • DW

    call it fan excuse bingo the dvr and on demand are alive and well i dvr vegas and plan on seeing it today. dont use torrents. there are legal places that you can see shows like the networks own sites and hulu. also you can harm your computer with a corrupt file.

  • Wowza

    This is NBCs thursday for FOX tuesday. But, a tiny better.
    Hope :( . I really want this one to have this season , and one more. It deserves 4 seasons quality wise. Its phenomenal.

  • Wowza

    Hope is a loved series. By its fans. And on Cable the 1.6 would be phenomenal. at the time slot.

  • Holly

    Kind of a sad night overall.

    CBS has no real worries this night. Everything was down a bit, but that’s expected from the premiere to second episode. Vegas’ drop wasn’t more than usual, but it doesn’t have a lot of room to fall.

    It doesn’t change anything, but I do have to laugh a little at the NBC comedies dropping so much the day after they announce back 9s. They are still very new, so the lower lead-in obviously had an effect.

    ABC had a clip show, but still horrible ratings. If the rumors about PP ending this season on purpose weren’t true, with these ratings it will end anyway.

    FOX wants to work a comedy block, but it’s just not happening for them. The have one show that works and it simply isn’t enough.

  • Andrea

    ABC really needs to overhaul DWTS somehow. It’s doing nothing to help the 10pm shows (Castle and PP…at least Castle has more loyal vierwers than PP appears to have.) There’s so much on Monday night, I spend Tuesday night playing catch up.

  • John_M

    call it Fan Excuse Bingo the dvr and on demand are alive and well i dvr vegas and plan on seeing it today. dont use torrents. there are legal places that you can see shows like the networks own sites and hulu. also you can harm your computer with a corrupt file.

    Are there places getting CBS on demand? I can’t get CBS on demand in my area from my cable provider and last I checked CBS didn’t have episodes on line (but that was months ago maybe they do now). It always was fascinating to me how slow CBS is to catch up.

  • Ram510

    So I’m guessing ABC is reconsidering putting Happy Endings and Apt. 23 on Tuesday? I don’t think I’ve seen a promo yet Nd its supposed to start in a couple weeks

    I think ABC would be dumb to put Happy Endings and Apt 23 on Tuesday

  • Andy W

    I think Vegas would fit perfectly at the 9pm slot on Fridays. It skews really old because those are similar ratings to what Blue Bloods pulled when it first started out so I think it would do about the same amount of viewers on Friday.

  • Michael

    Nobody cares about “The Next” Live shows lol…

  • Ricky

    @John_M: No. ABC Family and CW programming are all but interchangeable. Maybe in a parallel universe (like on Fringe), Kyle XY/Pretty Little Liars/Switched at Birth all aired on the CW instead because there was no ABC Family for whatever reason.

  • Mike

    @lovelee, no need for torrent site (as per suzie’s suggestion), you can watch it online on CW’s website.

    I usually watch CW shows online as Dish doesn’t broadcast CW in HD and I can watch them online in HD.

  • OMG

    I do have to wonder, how do a higher proportion of cable shows somehow come back on series highs with their new seasons, while broadcast shows just go down and down?

    Also, ABC should really be happy with low 2s for Happy Endings, and Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23. I really cannot see them doing better than low 2s, in the very best-case scenario.

    I think today revealed the dependence of Go On and The New Normal on The Voice. They still rate way higher than the normal NBC comedies.

    The 10pm slot is certainly crushed this year. Besides Revolution, and maybe Elementary, all the shows are down a lot. I remembered how GCB got cancelled on a 1.8, while Scandal scraped by with around 2.0. And that was on ABC in the spring. Now these numbers might even apply to CBS.

  • Tyson

    Nielsen haters, your job is to find a new rating system that networks and advertisers like and also costs no more money (preferably less) than does the current system.

    Keep in mind that federal judges won’t allow you to monitor every American’s viewing habits once some complain on privacy grounds. Also remember that self-selecting leads to skewed results like the People’s Choice Awards and online “Save Our Show” polls.

    Advertisers won’t pay for those results. Advertisers don’t want to pay any more than necessary. Just like you. If they can pay half-price to reach your dad and your grandma at 2 p.m., they will do it.

    You know the constraints so have at it. Revolutionize television and make us proud. Good luck! You are going to need it.

  • AJ

    Raising Hope will get another season people! SYNDICATION.

  • Justin121

    The CW was really dumb in picking up The Carrie Diaries and re-naming First Cut to Emily Owens, MD.

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