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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  • Ricardo

    Who would say Parenthood would be performing this well (by this season’s standards) three seasons ago when the only reason NBC didn’t cancel it was because it had many more urgent fires to attend to?

  • silvit

    @ Mary

    This only because they put shows at 9:30 that people won’t watch otherwise. They use the stronger 9 lead-in in hope it can help the weaker show afterwards. See the Office with P&R.

    Shows that people want to watch generally increase their demo at 9:30 compared to 9 (see DWTS, The Voice, X Factor, Criminal Minds, SVU). It’s shows that are not as strong that lose ratings.

  • BigBopperInPinkLoafers78

    Agree with Chris (and silvit) as well. Network TV is the quality dumbing-down dumping-ground. The shows I love I watch live – almost entirely cable programs (aside from just one on the CW which I don’t count as a net anyway); the ones I just sorta like I record – all on the nets.

    Make shows that people are excited about and they’ll watch them when they air.

  • Justin J. Poppiti, Esq.

    Damn, DWTS skews older.

  • kul65

    Bye-bye Vegas. New hope for The Mentalist.

    Though I am a bit sad to see it was an Ashley Gable written piece that marked the dying low.

  • Tony ^_^

    Great for “New Girl”! And it’s viewers went up back to 5 million+. I wonder why…

  • GK

    The only truly premium cable level shows on a network right now is Person of Interest and Fringe imo. That doesn’t mean the networks are delivering sub-par shows. Its just that they have more filler to extend a show for 22-24 episodes in a season rather than the 10-12 norm for cable. Also, take into account the number of shows created on both platforms. Cable does far lesser and has a focus on those few shows particularly. Network shows don’t have the luxury of taking their time to build an audience like cable does, since the advertisers look only for the demo rating.
    Its highly unfair to criticize network shows.

  • Ricky K

    I actually think those aren’t bad numbers for “Happy Endings” .. I mean, what did you expect opposite two other comedies?!?!? And they can’t move it to 8 because of content. Maybe ABC should try a 9-11 p.m. comedy block??

  • Ultima

    It’s official!
    CW midseason…


    Or should I be providing the link… http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/official

  • Herb Finn

    Ouch for VEGAS! Those are Friday-type numbers!

  • silvit


    No, the filler excuse it’s just that, an excuse. Cable shows are better in everything, from the directing,editing, to the subject matter, to the execution of the subject matter,to the acting, to the three dimensional aspect of the characters.
    You would expect a character to be fleshed out better in 24 episodes rather than in 12-16, especially if there are more than one player on the show. This doesn’t happen in reality, because the writing for network shows simply suck and they are not capable of writing interesting characters but only stereotypes, cheesy dialogues and soapy plots (god forbid to write a well-executed, well paced plot). The characters for them are just fillers for their plots or stereotypes.

  • Ultima

    @Ricky K
    And they can’t move it to 8 because of content.

    Nonsense. Primetime is primetime.

  • DryedMangoez

    Yay Parenthood growing a tenth out of New Normal.

  • Danie

    So, I don’t know if Vegas is gonna be adjusted up, but 1.5 after NCIS: LA is depressing. I mean, The Mentalist got a 1.5 at 11pm on a SUNDAY. Seriously, how could CBS order a full season?

    I wanna ask something, is it really worth it keep airing Vegas at Tuesdays with that demo when you have The Mentalist that could reach a 2.3/2.5, but instead is being killed on Sundays just because WB produces it? I want to know from a business point of view.

    P.S. Oh the irony! Ashley Gable was the best Mentalist writer. I love her, my favorites episodes were written by her. Sad.

  • Chris

    @silvit–actually, the shorter seasons for cable are one of the reasons it’s so much better written and produced than network programming. They can take more time and lavish more care on each episode.

  • USAmerica1st

    Advice for XFactor: pick a slot and stay there. Who knew you were even on at 9:30?

  • Networkman

    FOX has to be very proud of New Girl, winning the hour in demo versus the other two comedies and actually tying NCIS:LA. Also taken in consideration, New Girl follows low rated Ben & Kate whereas the other two comedies have better lead in with more viewers and higher demo. I expected Happy Endings to have at least a 2.1 but I knew Don’t Trust the B… would not fair so well. I watched both last night and only was amuse by Happy Endings thanks to Damon Wayans Jr and Casey Wilson. IMO, that show is more entertaining than Go On.

  • chrisss

    @ Ricky K, @Ultima

    And plus it already airs at 8 central…

  • Chris

    @Mary–I wasn’t talking about you. I was talking about the TV viewing audience as a whole, and it’s obviously not the case that nobody watches ‘live’ anymore. DVR impacts all shows, but some much more than others–in general, a show people really love will get watched ‘live’ much more often. Whether that’s true of you or not is beside the point. It’s not true of most people.

  • alffan

    I don’t think HE did all that bad. Consider it had a 1.9 to the 2.4 lead in so about a 20% drop. Meanwhile, the overrated Go On dropped 40% from its Voice lead in. That’s a much bigger loser IMHO.

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