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

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


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


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," 2.6/6 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).
> * 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.


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.

  • The End


    At this point the production of Emily Owens should be getting close to the 10th/11th episode and regardless of what happens this show should get the full 13 episodes.

    I do believe that the CW may take a chance on this show and give it a back 9 should it keep the current numbers. 1.5 million, 0.5/0.6 should get the show something.

    But if you want my honest opinion. These are terrible numbers for a series premiere, bar any kind of miracle it’s entirely likely they will drop next week. Ask again when a few episodes have aired.

  • richierich

    @ Bill
    Here in St. Louis the CW airs from 8pm-10-m CST. Do any other CW affiliates have this agreement that you know of? It used to be from 7pm-9pm CST.
    Also, I have to agree that the childish discussions of CW shows is getting ridiculous. I mean, intelligent conversation about them is fine, but when you act like you’re 12 years old, it gets a little annoying. That’s why I don’t use this sight as a major checking point for ratings and discussions anymore.

  • SJ

    So DWTS basically held on to around 100% of its 9pm audience. Oh ABC, where was this move THREE YEARS AGO?

    Poor Ben and Kate. I love the show but it’s not long for this world. I’m happy that Raising Hope is still doing OK though.

    The CW really needs to move on from teeny bopper shows like Gossip Girl, 90210 and Emily Owens because they actually have quite decently rated genre nights Wednesdays and Thursdays. That’s the future of the network right there.

  • eridapo

    @ The End

    I know you are a long time poster, and I didn’t mean to jump in on you. It is just that on a previous post to yours someone embedded a Youtube political commentary on whom to vote for.

    I don’t mind discussing politics, but I just believe it has its “proper” place. What that “proper” place, however, will be decided by the mods.

    If we, here, can not even agree on ratings or which shows to cancel, just imagine if we started going all out on issues that have real world impact on people’s lives. I want to avoid that.

  • JuJuroo

    thats too bad for emily owens md…i watched it and thought it was surprisingly good for a dramedy from the cw. Maybe because the pilot has been on the cw website for ages a lot of the people who would be interested in watching it didn’t tune in cause they had already seen it? …i hope thats the case anyway.

  • John A

    @The End Come on a full season? 2 or 3 week Emily Owen be getting 0.3. 13 and done for this crap.

  • SPM

    @ Tom

    Nice to see someone who talks sense around here in regards to TSC.

  • Emily 90210wens MD

    Jennie Snyder Urman, who wrote more than half (15) of the 2nd season episodes of “90210” is the creator of this program.

    As soon as I saw that in the opening credits, I knew the stories and conflicts would be more like “Emily 90210wens MD.”

  • tara

    Ppl r bringing up the debate but BATB was also up against the debate

  • The End

    @John A

    Depends actually. I’m going with the optimistic approach.

  • Anon

    “Why dont CW air syndicated shows during primetime? Sorry if thats a stupid question.”

    My CW station airs Rules of Engagement reruns at the 9CT hour.

    I actually believe EOMD will edge upwards next week, since it won’t be competing against a debate.

  • Tyson

    Emily Owens MD will decline next week. Mostly because most shows decline from week one to week two. Partly because, rather than a presidential debate, the competition will be NCIS: Los Angeles and three sitcom blocks–one of which is having a season debut.

  • bros

    They should shuffle the FOX schedule. Maybe do Raising Hope, New Girl, Ben & Kate, then Mindy Project?

  • Ryan Schwartz

    Next season, FOX should stick with NEW GIRL and RAISING HOPE, the latter for syndication purposes only, that is, unless GOODWIN GAMES takes off mid season. Then maybe, just maybe, they try this two-hour block again. They could also consider moving the New Girl/RH combo to the 8pm hour and launching a new drama at 9. Full seasons, extended orders… whatever. I highly doubt FOX will renew Ben & Kate or Mindy.

  • Kaylie

    It would be nice if Raising Hope could at least pull a 2.0. I think once that happens, it’ll be a mainstay on Fox. They should really promote it more.

  • Sierra

    I really enjoyed Emily owens! I hope it continues with a stable viewer rating, I would love to see more episodes!

  • small_angel

    im just scared that The Voice will have a change on next season. The main star and draw Miss Aguilera will take a break. She is the one who is giving all the press about The Voice. However having Shakira and Usher on the next season. Im just concerned bout the formula they already established. Next season seems to be like cooking without the main ingredients.

  • Justin121

    So sick of the word “Flop”.

    Thanks, TVBTN comentors / sock puppet accounts / sheep.

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