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.

  • hammard

    Emily Owens DOA! You have to wonder if they would be better off pulling it and just airing repeats of Vampire Diaries or Arrow.
    It’s interesting how (with the exception of Grey’s) Medical shows are struggling or disappearing a lot recently. Have people gone off them?

  • Gamer101

    WOW The Voice numbers keep rising.

  • Riff Rafferty

    On behalf of all of Long Island, I just want to apologize for last night.

    Oh and to a certain clearly-impartial and completely-unbiased CNN “moderator”, I just wanted to tell you about this hot, new craze that’s sweeping the nation. It’s called exercise. Look into it.

  • MoveOn


    I just feel like the medical shows have just run out of plot lines. Same thing different faces, you can’t make up diseases just for the sake of TV.

  • Yam

    Bye Bye Emily Owens M.D

  • Petar Ivanov

    Think is time NBC to move Revolution at 9 pm in tuesdays for the spring and after that at 8 pm as anchor from season 2 in tuesday or wednesday. Like ABC ONCE.

  • JJA

    Emily Owens is not a cute show. It’s a shallow attempt to rip-off Shonda Rimes.

    NO WAY will it get past the initial order of 13 episodes. Good possibility it will be yanked by episode 4.

    Emily Owens does, however, have some good actors in it. The CW should cancel it and recycle them on other shows. Justin Hartley, for example, can go back to Hart of Dixie.

  • omabin

    Damn, I was hoping for a bit higher for Hart of Dixie. It’s still good though, especially seeing how DOA Emily Owens is. Now let’s hope Dixie won’t bounce back to 0.5 and it will be ok.

  • Clarke

    Ringer’s finale got a 0.5 and people said THAT was terrible for a CW show. Now EO:MD gets the same rating…for its premiere and some people think it will survive?? Am I missing something?

  • Tessa


    I never thought I’d hear the words #1 and NBC in the same sentence, but it happened this year, and it’s true.

    Emily Owens is in the same category as Gossip Girl and 90210, i.e. shows the CW should stop making.

  • Daw Johnson

    First off, who are these “voice haters” that keep being referenced each week?

    Secondly, if these doubters DO exist, who said the ratings would drop AT this point in the run? The ratings DO–and WILL–drop slightly for the actual competition portion (just as they do for American Idol and X Factor), but they’ll still be great all season.

    Ben & Kate – a shame. It’s a rare comedy that is clever, funny AND traditional/accessible in feel. No idea why that can’t find an audience.

    Emily Owens, MD – show just didn’t feel like a fit for the network (well, any network, but specifically CW).

  • Dillan


    People are saying that because the premiere for EO has been online for about 2 weeks now. 0.5 is a poor start but I think we need to wait till next week to see if it will be renewed or not.

  • Rebecca

    Enjoyed B&K and RH. Did anyone notice the name of Maw Maw’s nursing home on RH? “Earl J. Hickey Memorial Nursing Home” on Camden Circle in Camden County…Earl is dead! :(

  • Tommy Mickens

    Why is Raising Hope below NCISLA in the table even though its rating is higher?

  • Shawn

    I thought Emily Owens was very good….it was a STUPID DECISION by the CW to air it during the DEBATE….I mean to premier a new show during the Debate is not a good choice…hopefully it goes up next week because I actually enjoyed it.

  • DougF


    Ben and Kate will have 19 episodes

  • Dinaminjo

    People said similar things about the online episode (me included) for Last resort and id did worse in its second week.

    CW isn’t trigger happy so I don’t think they are going to cancel it but that doesn’t mean it will air more than 13.

  • Andy

    I think this shows that the only reason people stayed tune during Ben & Kate in previous weeks was because New Girl was on afterwards, so since those people didn’t have a new episode to watch they turned off.

  • senor chang

    The one show I care about this year (Ben and Kate) might not even air 13 episodes. America, why?

  • jay

    “Presidential Debate (9-11PM) – Live”

    these fa ratings include debate analysis 1030-1100PM? not just debate?

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