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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • omabin

    this is behind awful for every show that is not on cbs

  • Austin Lauran

    If this could happen, the CBS, ABC, and NBC execs should create a time machine and go back to the 1990s-2000s so that they could prevent the DVR, Hulu, and cable channels from being created. That way, The Big Bang Bang Theory, Modern Family, and almost every CBS, ABC, and NBC drama and sitcom could get 10s in the demo like Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy were doing in their first 2 seasons.

    Do you like the idea?

  • ReallyTired

    FOX has to cancel ‘The Mindy Project’ already instead of retooling. It’s dead in the water.

    B***** is a goner too.

    Who would have thought that ‘Go On’ on NBC is the seasons #1 new comedy? Nice to see.

  • Steph

    People are busy running around preparing for Thanksgiving. Like most people I know they DVR the shows and watch them later. That’s becoming more and more common. Advertisers and such should start paying attention to DVR ratings as well.

  • Gregg

    What I find interesting is that 43 million people were watching network TV at 8:00, down to 31 million at 9:00, and just 19 million at 10:00. Assuming some of these people are early-to-bed, that’s still a LOT of people who either changed over to cable channels as the night progressed or simply turned off the TV althogether.

    Has the erosion of total viewers over the course of a night always been this extreme, or is it just the fact that the 10:00 shows on last night aren’t sparking a lot of interest?

  • Petar Ivanov

    NOT even ONE 9 pm show hit 3.0 and NOT even one 10 pm show hit 2.0 is this some joke. I mean if this is new reality look terrible.

  • r0ckmypants

    @senor – Thank you

  • moshane58

    Think Emiley Owens M.D. is a good show.Meryl Streep’s daughter Mamie Gummer is a good actress.

  • Gamer101

    I personally dont think there is anything wrong with The Voice, its just a very competitive time for TV. I expect ratings to rise all Dec. as DWTS ends next week.

  • zerg

    Univison beat Abc & FOx :V

  • Michael

    Is Christina Aguilera going to perform her entire new album on The Voice? Lol, this is like her 4th performance.

  • Amy

    Why are the networks showing new episodes this week??? I just assumed everything would be repeats.

  • Tihomir

    What happened to FOX and ABC? They are having their worst years.

  • Ali

    Oh dear, what a bloodbath, the comedies are all killing each other!

  • Bee

    OH MY GOD. 1.2? 0.9? WHYYYYYYYY. now my fear is turning from ‘i hope these shows aren’t cancelled’ to ‘i hope these shows aren’t pulled early.’ WTF IS HAPPENING TO RATINGS!?

    FOX’s comedy block is a mess too. 2.0 for new girl? terrible. AND FOX IS AIRING NEW X-FACTOR AND GLEE EPS ON THANKSGIVING THURSDAY? LMAO. good luck w. that FOX. they’d be the next NBC is they didn’t have idol.

    thank goodness ABC is not airing new comedies tonight, though i expect the new PP will go under 1.0. but ABC this year is airing episodes deep into mid-late december. yikes.

  • Remote Patrolled

    The Voice is entering X Factor territory – or at least X Factor before the whole baseball screw up!

    That said who knows what X will do on a Thanksgiving night! Could get pretty ugly!

  • Samunto

    Alarming decline for The Voice compared to last week. The Live shows continue to be the biggest problem for The Voice (as a format) worldwide. In Germany, they are introducing duets during the whole live show parts.

  • Matt

    @Guest, no more Parenthood episodes will be ordered this season. Come Feb, it will be replaced by Smash.

    ABC needs to do something QUICK about HE/Apt 23.

  • senor chang

    This is clearly a transitional year for the nets, though: I’m guessing that numbers like these will look much less worse in the future when they finally figure out how to monetize all the viewers they’re losing to alternative methods of viewing.

    This is where everybody will jump on me since “RATINGS DECLINES HAPPEN EVERY YEAR!”, and I agree with that, but the difference is that there’s some changes in how networks are responding to the losses as their profit margins narrow.

  • silvit


    You should ask Bill or Robert if the numbers of people watching tv decreased that much with the progressing of the hours. I bet not. ;-)

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