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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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@ 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.”

    11/13 Adults 18-49 PUT for 8, 9, 10pm hours: 35.5, 38.5, 35.4
    11/20 Adults 18-49 PUT for 8, 9, 10pm hours: 33.9, 37.1, 35.9
    %Change Adults 18-49 PUT for 8, 9, 10pm hours: -5%, -4%, +1%

  • Muhayerboy

    Does ABC still exist? I felt for sure they had been relegated to cable only by now.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “I think both comedies (Happy Endings and Apt. 23) are better off making a move to cable anyways like Cougar Town.”

    It seems like that would never happen as I thought the Cougar Town transfer to due to syndication economics. The gulf between the 56 episodes HE may have at the end of the season and the 61 Cougar Town has may be too big to bridge. Then again if Cougar Town does really well for TBS……..

    Apt. 23 is guaranteed a dead show walking.

  • Nick

    I panicked when I saw the title, but The New Normal is only down 0.1 from its series low. Whew.
    Terrible for a lot of shows I don’t watch, though.

  • Melissa


    I love how NCIS, Criminal Minds, and Person of Interest are pulling about the same ratings. I would love to see POI get the title of TV’s #1 Drama.

    Person of Interest is not going to be named #1 drama unless it can consistently beat Grey’s Anatomy (#1), Once Upon a Time, NCIS, and Criminal Minds, which is unlikely.

    @Petar Ivanov

    You will hearing for this years ahead. Greys is droping so fast that will be hard to be #1 drama even on ABC. Once like most sci fi/fantasy shows drop after big 1 season(fringe, heroes etc.) and will only drop from here.

    Lol, you live in a fantasy world where Person of Interest‘s usual 2.9 is a standard of success. Grey’s Anatomy has been in the low 3’s the past couple of weeks, which is where it was last year, so no, actually it’s not dropping fast at all. Not to mention that its average is always higher due to occasional boosts into the 4’s (a place Person of Interest has never reached). The hard truth is that nine-year-old Grey’s Anatomy is still the #1 drama, and its series low is what Person of Interest gets on a weekly basis.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “CBS did pretty well last night, well except for Vegas but that show will be gone next season unless it can gets an Emmy which at this point is the only thing that could save it.”

    Not ever going to happen!!!

    1) Because the Emmys are pretty much a cable network game now.

    2) More importantly the Emmy nominations do not come out until July which will be a long time after the decision to cancel Vegas has been made.

    I highly doubt even the 93 people submitting nomination for The Golden Globes will even nominate it.

  • Kavyn

    Isn’t that a series low for HOD or has it gotten 0.5 before during it’s first season? I’m also surprised that EO got a 0.4 with a 0.5 lead in, makes you think the show could have done better at the 8pm slot. EO also had more viewers.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Isn’t that a series low for HOD or has it gotten 0.5 before during it’s first season?”

    First season had four 0.5’s by my records (errors always an option).

    Second season has had two other 0.5’s.

    So, a 0.5 for HoD is a series low, but nothing new.

  • Bri

    @Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “Not ever going to happen!!!”

    Oh I know, I was just looking at the only thing, even if totally unlikely, that could save Vegas.

  • Maximillian

    Battle of the comedies is going to kill all of them. All these networks are looking like CW almost and that is just insane.

    Whats crazy is most the comedies are great and deserve a chance – ABC should be the one that moves their lineup around.

    If somebody last year said that ABC or FOX would have scripted shows that were equal to or lower than CW’s highest scripted show I would have laughed.

  • Maximillian

    On the X Factor vs. Voice convo with the ratings.

    I think that The Voice has more interesting audition sessions, which pulled in more viewers. However, X Factor has better talent and live shows.

    So I think that viewers who were watching The Voice are tuning out and going to the X Factor instead which is why weve seen massive decreases in The Voice viewers and slight increases week by week in X Factor since the live shows have started.

    Regardless, FOX needs to get their **** together. They have shot themselves in the foot so many times, I am surprised they still have bullets in that gun. X Factor and Glee on Thanksgiving? I think they are purposefully trying to get those shows to fail now.

  • Just Desserts

    It sucks that B!tch and Happy Endings are down. Tuesday is definitely a killer for comedies. They should move these two as soon as possible.

    Clearly, the only free slots are on Sundays at 10, Thursdays at 8, and Fridays at 9. Thursdays is just as bad as Tuesdays so maybe they should move them on the other two days where there is barely any competition.

  • Rebecca

    @The Old Man
    Been gone most of the day. Hey, let me know later what you think of “Life of Pi” – in particular, if you think it’s okay for a little girl to see. If it seems too “intense” I won’t take the kiddo – but she likes tigers, whales, etc. If it’s very violent or has a lot of swearing, then it’s a no go. It’s PG, but that’s not all it’s cracked up to be any more. TIA! Enjoy your turkey day, everyone.

  • John

    I’m still operating under the assumption that Vegas is dead in the water, but I do think the show has improved a great deal over the last couple of weeks. There’s really two shows there, one involving the mob’s gambling operations and one involving some boring procedural case that nobody cares about (that’s not to say that procedurals can’t be interesting, but the cases on this show haven’t been). Sheriff Lamb is part of both shows. In the last couple weeks, the writers have directly tied the procedural case to the mob, leading to more scenes with Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis. This is smart, and I hope the show does this as much as possible.

  • j

    Voice’s live eliminations are pretty much even with last season’s, when they’d had a Super Bowl post-show slot to give it a huge initial boost. So…I see no failure here.

    And their live eliminations are doing better than X Factor’s performance episodes, so another win for Voice.

  • William

    Wow, i see a lot of shows getting ready to feed the bear. He must love Tuesday nights this season, so much fodder. lol

  • Cj morton

    WOW, an awful night all around. Only show I watched was Go On which was really good, so happy it did ok. But man, those Tuesday comedies are flat!!

  • Douglas from Brazil

    The most funny in the decline of comedies ratings is that single-camera isn’t a trend anymore.CBS has big ratings in comedy because they launch only multi-camera that is funny.Single-camera comedy is not for broadcast,it is home of cable.

  • Zach Heltzel

    It’s a shame that Don’t Trust the B- is doing inexcusably bad. It’s simply too funny to deserve this complete lack of interest.

  • Networkman

    ABC KILL the B… now!!! We now know why not to trust her. She will bring down your entire night, where you will hit new lows. Sometimes, you just have to admit defeat.

    FOX should have never ordered full seasons of Ben & Kate or The Mindy Project. Repeats of Animation Domination programs would do better. And it may be time to split up the cartoons anyway. Lastly, NBC Thursday Night comedies may be struggling but that is still not a reason to keep The New Normal on the air for a second season. It should be one and done for this show. NBC please try to nurture 1600 Penn. It is your most promising comedy. Since it has potential it shouldn’t even be airing on Thursday.

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