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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  • AJ

    Happy Endings brings in the young viewers, that should count for something + syndication $$$$. I think Happy Endings is safe for another season.

  • BigBopperInPinkLoafers78

    Not surprised that people didn’t return to Happy Endings. The humor is so staged and predictable. Every joke is setup about 10 minutes in advance and you just sit there waiting for them to hit the punchline.

    Don’t Trust The B is sorta the same but can sometimes be saved by Dawson and Kirsten Ritter (is that her name?) if they have something good to work with. June is a snooze from the 1950’s.

    Didn’t Vegas just get a back 9 pickup?? Looks like no one cares. Rightly so.

  • silvit


    Yesterday the x factor wasn’t a treat. Look at its ratings. It was a recap show.

    But Go on does much better than 2.5 in live + 7 days. TNN overall ratings are helped by its initial ratings that are prepped by a stronger lead-in, unlike 30 Rock or Up All Night.

    See what happened to Happy Endings without the strong lead-in of Modern family. It went down. The same would happen with TNN. A show at 9:30 is supposed to do better than the ones at 9 or 10. And it doesn’t.

  • GK

    How does REVOLUTION get only $97,000 ad rate when its constantly delivering above 3.0 in the demos while lesser rated shows are getting more!! Somebody please explain this to me!!

  • omabin

    I would like to know, since I don’t follow tv ratings for that long. When was the last time comedies were tried at 10? I know nobody seems to think that’s a good idea, but I would like to know what kind of precedent are we talking about here. Family skewing shows would do horribly at 10 of course, but is it really such a bad idea for young skewing shows such as Happy Endings and the Bitch in the 23?

  • Moises

    Parenthood :O

  • jake

    I’m so pissed about these ratings!
    Everything is doing horrible! Last year New Girl was hovering 4’s

  • bluejoni

    CBS get rid of Vegas it’s a BORE !!! I gave it a chance and now I’ll watch my DVRed Mentalist from Sunday in this slot !! The Mentalist is a far superior show !!

  • Lainey

    I’m loving The New Normal and HOD! Such cute shows. Last night’s Hart of Dixie was really funny too. I hope they both stick around for a while.

  • Crystal

    To me this is just another example of… People do not watch tv live anymore!!!! I know TONS of people irl and the Internet who watch HE on Hulu today and I love HOD and Go On and New Girl but I didn’t sit at my tv all night, my DVR just filled up! I also tape Vegas and enjoy it and I’m in that coveted demo.

  • RG-X

    BAM! CALLED IT! Parenthood – will be #1 in it’s time slot by this week!

  • Joe

    I say it again, CBS is the Old People Station

    My brother is fifteen year old and he watch almost everything on CBS How i met you mother , Big Bang Theory , Survivor , Big brother , person of interest

  • RG-X

    You see – FOX should expand it’s broadcasting hours.

    Especially with Baseball playoffs – its goingto disrupt X-Factor every year.

    and by the way – I saw the first half hour of last nite’s episode of X-Factor last week – I knew the first 3 people that went thru before they re-aired it.

  • Chris

    @crystal–yes, no question DVR lowers ‘live’ ratings, but they’d be falling hard if nobody had a DVR, because network scripted programming SUCKS ASS.

    When they show something people want to see, ‘live’ ratings get much higher, even though you can DVR or OnDemand or Hulu or whatever those shows as well.

    When somebody records a show, instead of watching it when it’s on, that tends to mean that person doesn’t really like the show that much–his or her interest is more diffuse, meaning that it’s a much less desirable show to advertise on, even if you can figure out a way to make people watch the ads.

    The term ‘appointment tv’ refers specifically to shows people just can’t wait to see. And that’s the goal–not something somebody fast-forwards his or her way through.

    DVR viewing can’t pay for a damn thing, unless people are willing to pay directly for their programming, ala HBO, Starz, Showtime–or else pay per viewing. Most people will never pay for network crap. Hell, it may get to the point where the networks will have to pay people to watch them. :)

  • Mitchell

    17.35 million viewers for NCIS is still incredible.

  • Mary

    @Silvit None of the shows at 9:30 did better than the ones at 9:00. NONE. So your theory is bogus. NBC has other things to pay attention to than Tuesday considering their abysmal Wednesday & Thursday comedies which have been on for several seasons so should be doing better. Freshmen comedies need all the help they can get so faulting them for having a lead in help them is ludicrous.

    @Chris I watch almost nothing live. It’s just more convenient for me and it means nothing about not loving a show. And if any ad executive truly believe that then they’re just not keeping up with the changes in TV viewing habits and should be looking for another job.

  • Devin

    I hate the new ratings system. How can anyone think that let than 5 million viewers for Parenthood is good, but bad for 666 Park Avenue?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “You see – FOX should expand it’s broadcasting hours.

    Especially with Baseball playoffs – its goingto disrupt X-Factor every year.”

    Nonsense, why would expanding to 10-11pm help Fox during baseball playoffs? The games still run ~8-11pm, and would take the entire primetime regardless.

    And Fox is going to move it’s pre-World Series games to one of its cable networks in 2013 or 2014, so there will only be 4-7 games on Fox primetime.

  • silvit

    What Chris said. :D

    I watch a total of 7 shows, 4 of which are on cable (both premium and basic). Plus I’m watching The Sopranos. I sometimes take a look at network shows only to have a laugh at how bad, cheesy, outdated compared to cable are. The Sopranos, a show that aired more than 10 years ago, is still edgier than them.

  • Just Looking

    Too bad for HE and B!tch. :( I really hope they recover next week. Once Mindy is back. Both are on the bubble.

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