TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Vegas' Up; 'Happy Endings', Don't Trust the B', 'New Girl' & 'The New Normal' Hit Series Lows

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November 21st, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.5/7 2.3/6 1.5/4 1.5/4 1.4/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.7/6 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.0/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 13.913 6.337 3.809 3.249 7.013 1.243

CBS was the number one network in adults 18-49 and  with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice earned a 3.3, down six tenths from last week's 3.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Go On was even with last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.  The New Normal. garnered a series-low 1.6, down two tenths from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Parenthood  notched a 1.6, down three tenths from the 1.9 it earned last week

On CBS, NCIS earned a 3.0,down a tenth from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. NCIS: Los Angeles was even with last week's 2.8, adults 18-49. Vegas notched a 1.8, up two tenths from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars was flat with last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Happy Endings earned a series low 1.2, down a tenth from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Don't Trust the B in Apt 23also hit a series low, earning a 0.9 down two tenths from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Private Practice earned a 1.2, up a tenth from last week's series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Raising Hope scored a 1.5 down a tenth from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Ben and Kate was even with the 1.1 it earned last week. New Girl earned a series low 2.0, down two tenths from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. The Mindy Project notched a 1.3, down three tenths after last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Hart of Dixie scored a 0.5, down a tenth from the 0.6 it earned last week. Emily Owens M.D. was even with last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, November 20, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice 3.3 10 9.33
CBS NCIS 3.0 9 16.47
ABC Dancing With the Stars: All Stars 1.9 6 12.87
FOX Raising Hope 1.5 5 3.69
CW Hart of Dixie 0.5 1 1.21
8:30PM FOX Ben and Kate 1.1 3 2.52
9:00PM CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.8 8 15.06
NBC Go On 2.2 6 6.21
FOX New Girl 2.0 5 4.09
ABC Happy Endings 1.2 3 4.87
CW Emily Owens MD 0.4 1 1.27
9:30PM NBC The New Normal 1.6 4 4.35
FOX The Mindy Project 1.3 4 2.69
ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 0.9 3 3.20
10:00PM CBS Vegas 1.8 5 10.20
NBC Parenthood 1.6 5 4.52
ABC Private Practice 1.2 3 4.14


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," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy
Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.  

*	In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3;
"Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

*	At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in
metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson" (1.3/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People
Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2
with an encore).

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
metered-market households and a 0.2/2 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.

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  • J-Boy

    OMG… RIP Apt23! I think this is a pretty funny show. I don’t get America’s sense of humor! Too much religious influence for a show like this to succeed! That SUCKS!!

  • Bri


    “If you just go by the numbers at the top for broadcast (including Univision), there were 35.564M viewers. Last week there were 36.936M (or roughly a loss of 3.7 percent) for the whole night. If we assume the drop hits all shows equally, it would have a 3.7/100 impact for every one point in the demo… Thus a show that gets a 3.0 would see 1.11 of a tenth loss.”

    Interesting and from your numbers looks like there isn’t much of a drop. Do you think tonight will see a drop as so many will be traveling?

  • eridapo

    @ Bri

    Keep in mind that ABC will be airing repeats tonight, so the overall numbers will drop. There will be a drop due to traveling for the holidays, but it is not as great as people think.

  • CrimTV

    Oh my lord these ratings are terrible, I really hope ABC move Neighbors to Tuesday and premiere How to Live With Your Parents on Wednesday

  • Bri


    “Keep in mind that ABC will be airing repeats tonight, so the overall numbers will drop. There will be a drop due to traveling for the holidays, but it is not as great as people think.”

    Ah true ABC is all in rerun mode. Will be interesting to see how CBS, NBC and FOX do.

  • Baaa!

    eridapo-The drop is small, but its still a decline from last week which was also a decline from two weeks ago. Holidays/travel are not the only reason, but are adding to an already distracted audience now until an end to the holidays. It always gets ugly this time of year.Happy Holidays!

  • glen

    DWTS has really become an older-skewing show. Could DWTS be dragging down the entire ABC lineup for the evening? It used to be great for a show to follow DWTS, Samatha Who lasted a few seasons by following it. Now not so much. Then again, Tuesday in general seems pretty lackluster. The 9 p.m. hour seems to have alot of comedies in the 0.9 to 1.6 range. Maybe too many comedies competing in the same timeslot?

  • Oliver


    We don’t know the demographic skew of those missing viewers, though. It seems likely they are disproportionately in young demographics..

    Intuitively, it would make sense that old people do less travelling during Thanksgiving and old-skewing shows (DWTS/NCIS/Vegas/Emily Owens) seemed to hold up better than young-skewing shows (The Voice/HE/Apt 23/New Girl).

  • jj

    Maybe because City tv shows Happy Endings on Sunday en 23 on Monday?

    They need to do something about there ”Death Slot’. Even the friday comedy’s are doing better

  • tv#1

    I know everybody talks about the 18-49 demo, but what about the 18-34 demo. That really looks bad across the board. It just goes to show you who is watching live TV. Most young people either watch TV on their own time (through other outlets) or just don’t watch TV at all. These ratings really don’t reflect the amount of people actually watching these TV shows.

  • Greg

    They will ALL bounce back up next week after the Thanksgiving holiday! Don’t worry…..

  • Frank

    Damn ABC for putting Happy Endings in this position.

    It really IS their best comedy.

  • Paul

    GO VEGAS – what a great show! Coming back strong.

  • Tom

    In order to appreciate Apt. 23, you have to be “in on the joke”. If you’re not into satire, this show just won’t work for you. I believe that Chloe and June are perfect opposites. James Vanderbeek portrays himself as the biggest narcissist on television since Ted Baxter. This is a good example of a show that should have been on cable. It’s unique but probably too much so to attract a major network audience.

  • eridapo

    @ Baaa!

    Happy Holidays to you too and to everyone here….

    You are right that ratings drop around this time a year, but the ratings started low and have been dropping since the start of the season.

    Before the season launch, I suggested to Petar Ivanov that this fall’s numbers would be in line with Spring’s with a 3/10 to 5/10s drop across all broadcast.

    I said then that things like DVR, OnDemand, and Streaming Services were reaching a tipping point where they would have a significant impact on the ratings. “Tipping Point” refers to a theory that basically states that small changes have big impacts.

    a tipping point is simply an addition or increment that in itself might not seem extraordinary but that unexpectedly is just the amount of additional change that will lead to a big effect

    I stated then that although DVR (at that time 42% penetration), OnDemand, and Streaming Services had been around for a couple of years, they were reaching the point where just a small change in the numbers would have a huge impact on ratings.

    Ultima and Bill at that time counter that ratings have always drop from year to year, and what we see then and now is consistent with the overall trend for the past decades. All very true.

    I, however, believe there is more to the drop than the year to year drops would suggest.

    Since then we seen Les Moonves and Bob Iger come out and basically blame the DVR for the drop in ratings. Why would they do that? Naturally there is some CYA mentality in the works, but Nielsen itself has published data that validates their arguments.

    DVR Penetration went from 42% to 46% (or almost a 9% increase) and the number of people using DVR in the demo surpassed 51%. What that means is that the DVR is reaching/ or has reached that point where it will become for the majority of people the only way they watch television. When that happens the overnights become problematic because people are now acting as their own TV schedulers. People are watching, but they watch when they want and not when a program airs…

  • eridapo

    @ Bill

    Do you have the HUT and PUT numbers for last night (and for last Tuesday as well), so that we can compare to see if there really was a significant drop due to the holidays.

  • rick

    Vegas will gain traction. It’s already renewed.

  • Charlie Sheen

    It just seems like the Tuesday comedies are getting worse and worse every week

    FOX really needs to blow that block up and move Glee back there in January to at least rescue New Girl before New Girl gets into a hole that it won’t be able to climb out of.

    ABC Friday comedies clearly aren’t a problem even if they keep dropping when you look at what HE and Apt. 23 are doing with a higher lead-in and a lot of help. I haven’t seen this bad of retention in years on a weekly basis. These two comedies are clearly never going to catch on and probably need to go. I think both comedies are better off making a move to cable anyways like Cougar Town.

    New Normal has really fallen close to the other NBC comedies that have no help. This another comedy that’s never going to catch on.

    A move of 5-0 to replace Vegas is looking better and better every week, do it CBS.

  • toons

    good thing they’re moving nightline out of the way… so sad how horrible it’s doing winning it’s time slot and everything

  • Jp

    Second best episode of Apt. 23. Smart comdey that thinks outside of the box, at least last week and this week that is, both were hilarious! People please watch Apt 23, abc is not promoting it at all. Unless they move it, it is doomed. Sad.

    New Girl was great too, sad it was a series low episode.

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