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.

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  • tv_viewer

    Last summer I predicted that Happy Endings and Apt 23 could be in trouble because Dancing with the Stars skews old. When 3 networks compete with comedies in the 9 pm hour, one network was going to get the short end of the stick. Fox did ok even though the 9:30 pm time slot wasn’t filled with a sitcom. The battle at 9:30 pm should be close but because the competition at 9:00 pm isn’t, I expect NBC will eventually beat ABC during the 9 pm comedy hour. ABC is in a lot of trouble on Tuesdays.

  • Charmed

    Ouch, Emily Owens, MD. 0.3 for the second episode! By the time it’s finished it will get 0.0 and 0.20 viewers!

  • silvit


    I know, unfortunately. But at least now other kind of shows will be produced since the procedural-crime of the week-paint by the number approach doesn’t work as it used to. The trend is changing. That’s all it matters.

  • SarahL

    Yikes, Private Practice. I saw the episode, it was not good.

    Didn’t Vegas get a full season?

  • glover

    Unforgettable ratings looks pretty good right now. CBS made a smart move by uncanceling it.

    The same can’t be said for the CW. Ringer ratings also looks good now.

  • OMG

    New Girl is surprisingly stable in ratings this year compared to the roller coaster last season where it can be down half a ratings point, and then up 4 tenths in the next week.

    Does anyone actually think ABC comedies are going to do well? The most optimistic expectations should be low 2s. Both Apartment 23 and Happy Endings survived due to Modern Family’s lead-in with Apartment 23 particularly protected in between Modern Family and Revenge and it premiering with a current series low shows that. I do love that show though and I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

  • rob60990

    RyanCananda is going for bingo. :D

  • atlanta

    What is so “ouch” about NCISLA, over 16M viewers and same demo as New Girl. Those advertisers got the benefit of 11M more viewers to eyeball their products, even if they are older, but have more money to spend, no doubt. Sick to death of comedies 4-5 nights a week. Overload.

  • Brian J

    Solid night for NBC, particularly if those shows can be adjusted up.

    I know the fate of “Parenthood” is up in the air, but if it can stay at a 2.0, I’d think it’d have good chances for more episodes and at least one more season. NBC should focus like a laser on getting it into syndication before the start of next season, if it comes to that, and then the ratings can hopefully increase as a result.

    It’s frustrating to see “Go On” and especially “The New Normal” ease off a bit, but both are doing relatively well. Hopefully, during the fall/spring break, NBC can work on promoting them a bit more.

    As for Fox, whatever…good, but not all that great. Same for CBS.

    ABC is probably okay but not particularly pleased about its comedies. It needed to open up another sitcom block, and perhaps this is an indication they can do it. The problem isn’t so much that these shows are struggling as it is that “Dancing” is down so much.

  • omabin


    True, I forgot. Yeah that will be interesting, I agree. Especially because I think it’s quite likely, given the fact that Nashville is a flop and that chicago fire is also not big competition, so csi has the hour to itself, with a very compatible and strong lead in in criminal minds.

    BTW, H50 would perform sooo much better at Tuesday than on Mondays. The problem is that there is literally nothing else that they can put on Mondays going against revolution… Sucks!

  • Kavyn

    I really enjoyed last night’s episodeof EO, too bad the eatings disagree with me.

    I was loling at Emily’s “DUCK!” comment when trying to make her chat with Justin as normal as possible.

    It’sa very awkward and quirky show, and many of the characters are relatable. The show deserves better ratings (at least like… 0.5 lol).

  • Nope

    maybe THE MENTALIST can be renewed since VEGAS is clearly bombing

  • Rachel

    Emily Owens…LMFAO!

  • DKD

    It’s a testament to the changed media landscape that Parenthood, a show that has been near the bottom of NBC’s rankers for years, is now the highest rated show in its time period (other than Sons of Anarchy).

    I wonder if CBS has an “out clause” on that full season order of Vegas.

  • TJeff

    On ABC, Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars earned a 2.2 up from last week’s 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

    Let me think, I am pretty sure 2.2 is lower than 2.4.

  • WoWza

    X Factor was mostly a recap. This was an opportunity for a few more viewers from New Girl’s audience, really.

    Still, expect X factor to have some interesting numbers . Thursday as the first live show – where america doesnt even vote yet, and then.. umm… Sunday? Interesting moving it around sort of I guess but It is event TV LIVE. We will see.

    X Factor Live. Coming at you. Bam.

  • badman

    impressive for parenthood! it is one of the most stable show out there! vegas and private practice were destroyed by x-factor (although their numbers are too low anyway) while parenthood stayed stable at 1.9-2!!

    Also Go on and new girl looks really good, both ncis shows are way down this year!

    As for ABC’s comedies… not good enough!!

  • Madison

    “On ABC, Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars earned a 2.2 up from last week’s 2.4 adults 18-49 rating”???

    Shouldn’t that me *down* from last week’s 2.4?

  • Kavyn

    Wow, sorry my last post is full of typos. iPhone + bumpy bus ride = spelling mistakes.

  • Sarah

    As someone who has watched Private Practice since day one, the episodes they have aired this season have been absolutely horrendous. Only reason I’m still watching is it’s almost over.

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