TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Dancing With the Stars' & 'Ben and Kate' Up, 'Private Practice', 'NCIS' & 'Vegas' Hit Lows + 'Happy Endings' & 'Don't Trust the B' Premiere (Way) Down

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October 24th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/7 2.5/7 2.1/6 1.8/5 1.5/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/6 1.2/4 2.3/7 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.049 14.772 4.731 7.458 3.639 1.210


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

On NBC, The Voice earned a 4.1, down half a ratings point from last week's 4.6 adults 18-49 rating. Go On earned a 2.5, down a tenth from the 2.6 its last original earned. The New Normal earned a 1.8, down  from the 2.0 its last original earned Parenthood earned a 1.9, down a tenth from its last original's 2.0 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Raising Hope was even with last week's 1.7 among adults 18-49. Ben and Kate garnered a 1.4, up two tenths from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating  New Girl was even with 2.7 its last original earned. The X Factor earned a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. However, it should be noted that last night's X Factor aired out of pattern and was reduced to an hour, so these low ratings are not entirely unexpected.

On ABC, Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars earned a 2.2 up from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. The premiere of Happy Endings earned a 1.9, up from from its 1.7 season two finale rating but way down from last year's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. The premiere of Don't Trust the B in Apt 23 earned a 1.7, way down from last season's 2.9 premiere rating and 2.4 finale rating. Your predictions for both of these were too optimistic Private Practice earned a 1.4, down from its last original's 1.6 18-49 rating and is tied for a series low.

On CBS, NCIS earned a 3.2, down two tenths from its last original's 3.4 and is a season low, NCIS: Los Angeles earned a 2.7, down three tenths from its last 3.0 rating and is a fall low. Vegas earned a 1.5, down half a ratings point from its last original's 2.0 rating and is a series low.

On the CW, Hart of Dixie scored a0.5, down a tenth from last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating. Emily Owens M.D. earned a 0.3, down two tenths from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 premiere rating.



Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, October 23, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice 4.1 12 10.91
CBS NCIS 3.2 9 17.35
ABC Dancing With the Stars: All Stars 2.2 7 12.71
FOX Raising Hope 1.7 5 4.13
CW Hart of Dixie 0.5 2 1.31
8:30PM FOX Ben and Kate 1.4 4 3.05
9:00PM CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.7 7 16.25
FOX New Girl 2.7 7 5.23
NBC Go On 2.5 7 6.41
ABC Happy Ending -P 1.9 5 5.93
CW Emily Owens MD 0.3 1 1.11
9:30PM FOX The X Factor (9:30-10:30) 2.4 6 5.63
NBC The New Normal 1.8 4 4.49
ABC Don't Trust the B 1.7 4 4.28
10:00PM NBC Parenthood 1.9 5 4.79
CBS Vegas 1.5 4 10.72
ABC Private Practice 1.4 4 4.56


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," 3.0/8; 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," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3;
"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) tied "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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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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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  • BG

    I was hoping Emily Owens would do better. It’s actually a good show.

  • john

    X-Factor lost me as a viewer last night. Fox had to make sure the precious east coast viewers got to see the whole show while those on the west coast never got to see the first hour. If Fox has so little consideration for the west coast, why should any of us be bothered to watch this farce of a show?

  • Davis

    I’ll admit it- I just love HART OF DIXIE! I wish it was doing a little better. It seems to be consistent at the .5-.6 which isn’t terrible for The CW though- hopefully that will stick or even grow so we can have another season of HOD.

  • Pepper

    Emily Owens will be gone in a matter of weeks – not even the CW can stomach a 0.3 on the SECOND episode

  • DKD

    “Clearly people are rejecting The New Normal. At 9:30 it does worse both than the show at 9 and at 10.”

    I wouldn’t say that people are rejecting it entirely. The last Live + 7 report has it going up 47% when viewers who watch it other nights are added. I would say people are choosing to watch it another night for some reason. In the Live + 7’s its ratings aren’t that much lower than Go On’s.

  • GK

    Lol. I see more of us guys loving Emily Owens than the girls which is a surprise. Too bad it won’t last.
    Wow! NBC is winning Tuesdays as well! Looks like a pretty good year to be NBC. Now if only they can do something about their Wednesdays and Thursdays.
    CBS just got burned.

  • Jared

    Emily Owens will continue to drop. I just don’t think it’s a show for the CW audience. I wonder how long the CW will continue to air new episodes. Next week I guarantee it will get pulled.

  • Jazmin

    Poor Emily MD I never thought its numbers would be that low, but yeah, maybe it’s not a bad show, but it’s not attractive at all.

  • silvit


    Having a 47% increase of a low number doesn’t mean much.If you do 1 it’s easier to have a 50% increase than if you start out of 3. Percentage increases are meaningless.

  • Jared

    I LOVE Hart of Dixie and wish it was doing a little better in the demo but I think it’s renewal chances won’t be based purely on ratings alone. Right now the CW has a tough decision to make as far as where to take the network. This season the CW has had a lot of success in the action/sci fi genre and I know a lot of there current pilots are also in that genre. Hart of Dixie reminds me more of the WB days. If the CW wants to grow there network it has to listen to the audience and clearly they want shows like TVD..ARROW..SUPERNATURAL etc. So where does that leave Hart of Dixie?

  • Melanie

    Dear Nikita,
    You’re welcome.
    Love, Emily

    Someone up thread was wondering if the CW regretted ordering more episodes of EOMD — no, they don’t, because they didn’t — The CW ordered 3 additional scripts of both EOMD & BATB.

    Unless there’s some weird scheduling thing, I can’t see them ordering any more actual episodes.

    ABC should swap the comedies and DWTS results shows. Their comedies would do better against Raising Hope & Ben & Kate.

    I’m sorry Vegas isn’t doing better – I really like it.
    No wonder ABC cancelled PP.

  • River

    It was too soon for ABC to move those mediocre comedies.

  • Arrow

    It’s official!

    CW midseason:

    The Carrie Diaries(N-DOA) ;)

    Beauty and the Beast
    Hart of Dixie


    The Vampire Diaries



    The X Factor ratings being low were given considering people already knew about the first half of the contestants. Actually this contestant pool is much better than last year’s talent. Carly, Beatrice, Vino, David Coreey and I love the groups. Look for X Factor to rise once it continues into December and other shows go into repeat levels. It ends December 20th. Honestly what I read in an article is FOX renewed X Factor for season 3 on conditions that Simon has to SLASH THE BUDGET. FOX wants to make it a smaller more inexpensive show. I have a feeling Britney Spears won’t be back for season 3 she is way too expensive plus she didn’t really add a ton here anyways. LA Reid is another expense IMO and he is DULL. I predict Demi will be back with a slight raise from 1 million to about 2-3 million and Simon will take a MASSIVE PAYCUT and the five million dollar prize will be gone. Simon is really lucky it got renewed as he knows now it will never be as big as Idol but apparently FOX’s orders for season 3 is major MAJOR BUDGET CUTS. FOX is happy that its doing well for a Fall show and does well in the demos but its too expensive for the ratings it delivering. How would you slash the budget?

    Plus on the Vegas side damn it skews old. Honestly is it just me or would Vegas be a good one to put on Friday nights. It fits the older skewing shows.

    Dancing With the Stars rises again IMO these one hour shows have been so awesome. Keep them at one hour the show breezes and doesn’t have all that stupid filler. I think Bristol Palin exiting has upticked their ratings. Plus last nights group dance was that totally a hot mess. Call Me Maybe was so good. I think Sabrina Bryan is a dark horse for the trophy.

  • Anon

    I must admit, I am surprised Apt23 dropped so low, but I will blame that on X Factor. I expect it to mop the floor against Mindy next week.

    Those CW promos for EOMD with all the critical raves seems kinda hollow in the cruel light of Wednesday morning.

  • Dude

    To be fair, both of their (Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B) ratings last season were inflated by their Modern Family lead-in. They’re very lead-in dependent comedies.

  • SmG

    I guess Cult will be on air earlier than expected :)

  • Mary

    @Silvit Well so far, TNN at 1.8 beat out ABC’s Don’t Trust the B. Considering it’s other competition was the X Factor, which started at 9:30, so Go on did not have to compete with The X FActor, it may not be going down as much as you’re postulating. Of course, we’ll have to see the final numbers come in to see if they’re downgraded or not.

    And what the other poster was saying, numbers wise not just percentage wise, the viewership for 18-49 were very similar to Go On’s actual numbers in the 2.5 range after the 7 days. Also if you’ll look at the ratings for NBC’s other comedies, many in the 1.4 range, you’d see TNN is not the main concern of NBC right now.

  • Pinkle

    Damn those old people who kept their TV’s on ABC following DWTS!

    At least Happy Endings has the same amount of total viewers tuning in for it that it has had in the past.

    ABC should have honestly debuted HE/Apt 23 at the same time everything else debuted instead of airing DWTS clip shows. I know one week was the debate, but the other weeks could have been episodes of these shows. ABC underestimated its lead in and its competition when scheduling HE and Apt 23.

    ABC is going to have to do something with HE and Apt 23. They can’t stay there. I would say move to 8pm, but that puts them up against The Voice. Monday is a no, The Voice and CBS comedies are on. Thursday is a no, they would get slaughtered by TBBT/Two and a Half Men.

    Of course, they could cancel Apt 23, and find a new home for HE (probably back at 9:30 Wednesdays). But, that won’t bode well for them when Family Tools/How To Live With Your Parents debut at midseason.

  • Acey

    New Girl is so damn funny. Love that show.

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