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TV Ratings Tuesday: Big Numbers for Presidential Debate, 'The Voice' & 'Hart of Dixie' Up, 'Dancing With the Stars', 'Raising Hope' & 'Ben & Kate' Down, 'Emily Owens M.D.' Debuts Low

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October 17th, 2012

Scoreboard NBC ABC CBS FOX UNI CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 4.7/12 2.5/6 1.9/5 1.6/4 1.5/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.1/12 2.0/6 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 12.131 11.531 8.229 4.008 3.266 1.505

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Due to live coverage of the second Presidential Debate, the ratings on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX are subject to more than the typical ratings adjustments. The final numbers will be available this afternoon There will not be national ratings for the actual debate, which aired commercial free, but there will be ratings for the post-debate analysis.

NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49, and with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice earned a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's a 4.5.

On FOX, Raising Hope scored a 1.7 among adults 18-49, down from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Ben And Kate garnered a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating down three tenths from last week's 1.5.

On ABC, Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars earned a 2.1 down from last week's 2.2  adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW,  Hart Of Dixie scored a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating. The series premiere of Emily Owens M.D. earned a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, below most of your predictions. It was way down from the Ringer premiere's 1.2 in the time period on September 13, 2011, but that’s hardly a fair comparison because Ringer was competing with reruns, not a highly anticipated debate.

Coverage of the second Presidential Debate from 9-10:30PM earned a 4.7 adults 18-49 rating on NBC, way up from a 3.2 fast national for the first debate on Wednesday, October 3. On ABC it scored a 2.8 versus a 3.0for the first debate. CBS garnered a 2.2, down from a 3.0 for the first debate.  FOX notched a 1.7 compared to a 2.8 for the first debate. In other words, people generally stayed on whatever network they were watching at 8PM to watch the debate.More accurate debate numbers will be available this afternoon.

 

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, October 16, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice 4.6/13 12.08
ABC Dancing with the Stars 2.1/6 12.69
FOX Raising Hope 1.7/5 4.28
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles - R 1.4/4 8.15
CW Hart Of Dixie 0.6/2 1.32
8:30 FOX Ben And Kate 1.2/3 2.91
9:00 NBC Presidential Debate (9-11PM) - Live 4.7/11 12.16
ABC Presidential Debate (9-11PM) - Live 2.8/7 10.96
CBS Presidential Debate (9-11PM) - Live 2.2/5 8.27
FOX Presidential Debate (9-11PM) - Live 1.7/4 4.21
CW Emily Owens M.D. (Series Premiere) 0.5/1 1.69

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Via Press Note:
In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:
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> * In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
> Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's
> "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC's
> combo of "Nightline," 3.6/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.
>
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
> were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4 with an encore; "Late
> Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.4/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel
> Live," 0.7/4.
>
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in
> metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late
> Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local
> People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49 with an encore) topped
> "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
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> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in
> metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 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.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Definitions:

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
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  • ReallyTired

    Another good night for your #1 network — NBC

  • Shaula

    Awwww, poor “Emily Owens M.D”. :(

  • Luke

    WOW… The Voice at 4.6 and the debate building on that to a 4.7?! (probably an overrun of Voice)

    Can every year be an election year for NBC’s sake?!

  • James

    Emily Owens was a great show, i loved it

  • Dillan

    Poor for Emily Owens.

  • Obveeus

    that isn’t a bad start for Emily Owens M.D. compared with CW’s other Tuesday show or its Monday shows or its Friday shows.

  • forg

    Yikes Ben and Kate!

  • Sid

    FOX really should’ve waited before ordering those additional six episodes of B&K.

    Owens skews either young or old; either way it’s not this Seasons Dixie for CW.

  • psychic

    Emily Owens is like a dog that’s born without any legs, eyes, ears, or a mouth. You feel sorry for it–it’s sort of cute–but you know it’s going to die eventually.
    Sorry. Terrible metaphor.

  • Maximillian

    Ben and Kate – woah!!! How long till FOX announces it is cutting back the season order? Those numbers are dismal… I can’t see how they would put more money into this show.

    Emily Owens? Even by CW standards, that should be cancelled immediately.

  • MattM

    Ben and Kate is as good as dead. Such a shame, some great, funny characters. Hope it at least stays on for its full 13.

  • Greg

    OUCH at Ben and Kate. Hope The Mindy Project doesn’t return lower next week.

  • malle

    YAY, Hart of Dixie up !!!

  • iMember

    @Obveeus, as bad as 9O21O, Dixie, and Gossip Girl are doing this season, a 0.5 start for Emily Owens is not good. At all.

  • Oliver

    Wow, bad for Ben and Kate. Sad. Quality show that struggled to find an audience. Will rebound next week when New Girl returns but unlikely to get a second season.

    Emily Owens struggling badly out the gate. Not sure if premiering shows opposite the presidential debates was a smart strategy from The CW.

  • Jason Lawson

    omg they need to cancel Hart of Dixie/Emily owens Jesus!

  • s0303

    emily owens was actually pretty good :(

    1.2 for ben and kate…they gave that show a full season way too early…

  • bluejay72

    Wow! Just Wow!

    The Voice is truly a BEAST! :)

    Beat that, haters!
    It’s already the 4th Battle Round and The Voice just continues to slay!!!~ :)

    Unlike its Wed/Thu “competition” which is continuously struggling, The Voice continues to dominate!

    The Voice is truly a HIT this fall! NO DOUBT!~ :)

    The other singing competition can just die out of jealousy!
    It’s The Voice, baby!~ :)

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