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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  • Ddddddd

    I smell a back 9 order for Emily Owens any second now! *snorts*

  • RG-X

    what? Vegas Beat Parenthood? Arrghhhhh! I cry FOUL!

    And why is the New Normal still a lead in for Parenthood?

    What’s going on? is someone mesing with the ratings on purpose?

    I want a re-count!!!!!!!!!

  • bluejays

    Why are people saying it is thanksgiving causing these numbers? They aren’t much lower than they’ve been for weeks now. This isn’t thanksgiving folks, its the new normal.

  • wicked

    Ap23 is hard to watch. not surprised by these numbers

  • RG-X

    Wow – Zooey did a lot of TV publicity appearences on talk shows Mon & Tues – but it doesn’t looked like it helped…

    …because Nielson people are the ones that need to be reached, regardless of what the public is actually watching!

  • DamC

    ABC needs to move the Dancing results show back at 9 and put their comedies at 8. The numbers won’t be good but they could go up.

  • Bobby

    Just wondering….maybe TBS could pick up HE and AP23. They picked up cougar town. I’m sure that would bring in a big audience(for TBS-standards)

  • vcoolwater

    It is starting to look like only Wednesday and Thursday are good rating days for some of these networks.

    Rest of the week starting to look like Friday.

  • RG-X

    Hmmm – I had no idea ARROW was not scheduled to be on tonite- no mention in last weeks preview?

  • atlanta

    @dantas It’s because their programming sucks. They didnt buy enough shows to replace these horrible comedies and are stuck with them. I only watch one FOX show now and it isnt New Girl, there was a time, in the past, when I never turned off FOX.

  • Bri

    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.

    All the comedies are killing each others. What was NBC, FOX and ABC thinking?

    NCIS:LA is low in the demo but solid week to week but wonder what happened to NCIS. Sure DVR did hit all shows but there is more here than that. Yes The Voice is hitting NCIS but that show use to stand up tall and proud against the, by then, very lethal American Idol. Probably NCIS is also a reason why it is losing viewers.

  • Jamie

    Hart of Dixie was great last night as usual.

  • Nancy

    It could be due to just the holidays and people are scattered and not really watching much televison but I believe The Mindy Project will slowly bounce back.


    Dancing with the Stars I am loving has an all girl finale. Kelly/Melissa were never supposed to make the finale over big fan favorites. Shawn was a lock honestly. Honestly my pick is Melissa/Tony because she had the smallest fanbase, came out of nowhere, has really delievered last three weeks and their chemistry is fantastic. IMO there are no bells and gimmicks with their routines its just the beauty and heart of DWTS coming from behing and going to the top. Fantastic end to the All Stars season would be an unexpected win and Melissa/Tony winning the mirror ball would be very unexpected in a sea of huge fan favorties. Plus they never have won. Any Tony/Melissa fans?

  • moraliste

    Fox deserves what it is getting; so does ABC. The did what networks could afford to do pre-cable – they made a dozen copies each of Modern Family once they courageously decided ( after high ratings and Emmy wins)it wasn’t a fluke. Now all the bad clones are cannibalizing each other, and none, ZERO, can be interpreted as hits by even the most mendacious PR department.

  • Bob


    I agree with you about Dancing with the Stars. I am so happy that Tony and Melissa are in the finale and I hope they win. Nothing against Shawn or Kelly, but I think Melissa dances better due to no gimmick. We shall see next wwek….And on a cheep note, Tony has NEVER won a mirror ball trophy and it is way past time he does. Next couple rounds we have to get Max a trophy too. lol. Val is in his second season so he has plenty of time and Derek has won many already.

  • Andy

    Yay Emily Owens! The show has grown on me. Still bearchow, but has a chance. Dixie went down. I wonder if McKayla Marroney had some effect.
    AND… the Tuesday Hunger Comedy Games continue. What a slaughter! :(

  • Bri

    @Petar Ivanov

    “Yep. But POI is ONLY show on broadcats network wich is UP from last season. All others are down. Its also most entertaining and funny.(Not like CM and NCIS LA)

    No it isn’t, POI average in demo last year was 2.9 this year 2.9. As for NCIS, CM and NCIS:LA they are all older shows and will lose viewers as they get older. Happen to all shows.

    “TV’s #1 Drama will be possible only if continue to grow(and others to drop wich is the trend for now). CBS #1 Drama is best option here but still NCIS to beat not easy. CBS #2 Drama sure and best bet.”

    Sure POI could eventually be either #2 or # 1 on CBS but isn’t it sad that for it to happen NCIS, NCIS:LA and CM have to be at their lowest? Not much victory when your adversaries are down.

  • Oliver


    …except none of Fox/ABC Tuesday comedies are anything like Modern Family.

  • eridapo

    Why are people blaming thanksgiving and the travel related to the holiday for the low ratings. The numbers are similar to last week’s. If you look at total number of viewers for the whole night, the HUT and PUT numbers are just a little off from last Tuesday.

    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.

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