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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  • chrisss

    @ alffan

    Apart from the fact 2.5 > 1.9…

  • Chris

    @GK–POI is standard network crap. Fringe was briefly a bit more than that, but it’s fallen far from that standard. To compare those shows to cable is to ignore the fact that if they were on cable, they’d both be canceled by now. :)

  • a p garcia

    Never did like HE, B & K, do like 23 & NG.

  • Chris

    23 is above-average for an ABC sitcom, but that sure as hell ain’t saying much. It was too much of a gimmick, and it’s quickly wearing out its welcome. It can’t match the likability of 2 Broke Girls, or the all-out misanthropy of It’s Always Sunny in Phildelphia. You gotta pick a side. Can’t have it both ways. Wimpy.

  • sweetd

    @ RickyK

    I thought that too. In it’s first season HE aired at 10PM a few times. It would have far less competition at 10PM, however whatever is put at 10:30PM is doomed to fail. PP would likely get higher ratings after DWTS as well.

  • silvit


    Happy Endings only got 1.9 :-)

  • Networkman

    I really tried to watch and enjoy Vegas. It appears like a quality show that one should watch. I see others tried as well and then tuned out after the half hour. CBS should not have rushed in ordering a full season for Vegas. I know the standards have lowered for the 10pm hour but a show following NCIS:LA should win the hour with at least a 2.0 demo. It is time for CBS to start switching the timeslots of some of their shows. H5O is getting slaughter by Revolution when it could be doing better behind NCIS:LA.

    Lastly, I hope NBC tries 1600 Penn after Go On to see if it is capable of better retention than The New Normal. I didn’t like either comedy at 9:30pm last night. I think I may stick with The Mindy Project.

  • POI


  • Adam

    what is up with almost every CBS show being down in the ratings by huge margins, this time last year NCIS was getting a 4.0 week in week out now its getting a low 3, and the same goes for all the other networks. I’m rather confused

  • chezmoi

    Did the presidential debate of the previous Tuesday has had an effect as people realised that the program they regularly watch is perhaps not that good? If the +7 figures do not improve substantially I may worry about my favorite show NCIS.
    Is it fair and mathematically reasonable to say 0.2 went from NCIS to DWTS?
    In terms of viewer numbers will NCIS: LA ever overtake NCIS? It seems to be getting closer!

  • Networkman

    Is ABC really serious about putting Last Man Standing and Malibu Country on Friday? They are needed on Tuesday. ABC should be bold and try the more adult oriented comedies Happy Endings and Apt 23 in the 10pm hour. They may do better than how 666 Park Avenue performs on Sunday.

  • Chris

    @Silvit–was that for me? Not sure I’ve ever commented on HE–think I might have caught about three minutes or so of it once. :)

  • omabin


    I actually agree with that.

  • Cyrax86

    I agree with that as well, is it too late to pull them Friday comedies like NBC did with Community/Whitney and save them for later use?

  • DryedMangoez

    Maybe ABC should’ve kept Last Man Standing at 8pm and DWTS at 9pm on Tuesdays and just plugged Reba into 8:30.

  • Kellix

    I agree! Nikita fans think switching time slot will improve its ratings somehow?!.. The most Nikita can get at this point is a 0.4! 90210 can still manage to get a 0.6 and I believe it can still pull a 0.7 the most.

  • Mary

    Of course people still watch TV on the same day it’s showing but it is diminishing and sometimes has very little to do with how much you love the show.

    People will tend to watch shows with spoilers, like reality TV shows, results shows and live TV shows on the day that they’re shown. That’s one reason shows like The Voice, The X FActor, DWTS and others will get more of the live TV ratings than others. The show that airs directly after one of these reality shows tends to get some of the ratings benefit while the others that come on a little bit later aren’t going to get it. These reality shows tend to be about 2 hours as it is and people are only going to watch so much TV in one night.

    Older people used to scheduled TV also will tend to watch when it’s on which is probably why CBS tends to have the most total viewers. Also people who don’t have cable , whether for monetary reasons or otherwise, will tend to watch TV live.

    But the rest of the population is more and more leaning towards make your own schedule TV watching and the drop in ratings overall is reflecting that. There are just so many ways to watch a show now that’s not being tracked. A lot of people are watching on Hulu –which does have ads-and other places, yet those viewers aren’t being tracked. I’ll probably end up watching Happy Endings on On Demand for example.

    More people are watching these shows than posted numbers indicate and the advertisers just need to figure a way to reach them because this is going to be the future.

  • omabin


    If Nikita does a 0.4/0.5 on Tuesday, that will be better than the 0.2/0.3 than Owens will be pulling from now on. Better is better, even if it’s within the margin of error of Nielsen.

  • FoulScat

    I don’t enjoy CBS or ABC comedies but Apt.23 was edgy and particularly good for me season one. If last nights premier is any indication of where the show is going, this will be the final season if it even finishes it out. That was just painful and the whole Dawson’s Creek reference is tired already. Another poster enlightened me to the departure of the quirky asian girl at the end of the hall, and without her its just not good. She didn’t make the show but she was a necessary element apparently. I hope it picks up as more episodes air. One more Dawsons Creek episode and my DVR season pass is history.

  • Jane

    The arguments between fans for these flop CW shows is like someone arguing that their 0.8 GPA in Electrical Engineering is just as a good as another’s 1.0 GPA in English. What difference does it make? You both failed.

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