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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  • ILoveSitcoms


    You’re right about people’s viewing habits but as far as the advertisers are concerned, and remember it’s commercial television, the only viewers who matter are the ones who see the live commercials.

  • JJA

    Changing the timeslot for Nikita is too late now.

    The best thing they can do for Nikita now is to burn-off the first 9 or 10 episodes, THEN re-run all of them once more on the same night with Arrow reruns. In the spring, they can match Nikita with Oh Sit! on Friday, which is a better match than ANTM.

    But that’s as good as it’s going to get for Nikita. There is zero chance it will move to Wednesday or Tuesday. Even if Emily Owens gets canceled, they’ll probably use the slot for reruns of some other show.

  • Melanie

    FX’s Sons of Anarchy kicked the asses of the rest of the 10PM programs last night.

  • AA

    LMAO. Emily Owens was doomed to fail from the start. Such a bad show.

    Poor CW. Gossip Girl’s replacement ‘carrie diaries’ will fail too.

  • River

    Good God, JJA. You’re wasting more time thinking about Nikita than the CW ever will need to.

  • aiden

    the 80 or maybe 90 % of XFactor last night was a recap so the ratings was ok now i really think that when live shows beging the ratings probably get up like 3.5 or 3.7 and 9 or 10 millions…. the show is very consisting but fox is the only guilty x the last 2 low ratings Of the show!

  • River

    @Arrow, the word “official” doesn’t mean making up your own midseason ideas.

  • Bern

    Renewal for Nikita! :)

  • sam

    Vegas is improving, but it should be much better than it is. It has a great cast and an interesting premise, but it just kind of sits there. For one thing, they have Dennis Quaid, a great actor with a killer grin and he always looks like he has a headache. It is not the least bit romantic or fun–it is kind of a downer for the entire hour. I really enjoyed the pilot and I had high hopes, but I am beginning to see why people seem to be abandoning it. What a shame.

  • Mickey


    True relative ratings are important, but the Net Execs. must also ask the following question “If I put X show on that spot, would it do any better?”. It is a question that is often miss when looking at relative ratings. HOD’s ratings are not great, but would Supernatural or Arrow do better if they had to go against The Voice and NCIS. That my friends is what makes the programming game complicated. You don’t know how strong your show really is until you move it from its comfortable spot.

    Obviously the network will take into account how competitive a spot is (and whether it’s on Friday.) But in your example, SPN is up against Modern Family, X-Factor/American Idol and Criminal Minds. With SVU it had a total of 11.8 in the demo, versus 11.2 for HoD’s competition. So SPN’s spot is not cushier than HoD’s–and it was handily beating HoD even on Fridays with a much lower-rated lead-in than HoD had, and while up against Grimm and Fringe which cater to the same audience.

    As for ARR, it does have a cushier spot with 7.6 in total competition, but as it has a 0.8 margin over HoD, safe to say it would do better. I’m not dissing HoD, I like it and hope it gets renewed. I’m just looking at the math.

  • @ramirescl

    Cancel Vegas and Emily Owense NOW!!

  • small_angel

    Can we guys just stop worrying bout the rating and just enjoy THE VOICE!!! Love that show…

  • Emily

    what’s up with NCIS? I beleive it was taking smaller drops when it faced american idol, so is the voice really eating into its audience or something?

  • I like this show

    Dear ABC move LR to Tuesday night where competition is less stiff other than SOA and move PP garbage with its parent show Greys.

  • Joel

    Wow! Does Vegas skew old or what!

  • Tim

    Emily Owens = GONER Vegas will be cancelled.

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