TV Ratings Tuesday: 'NCIS' & 'The Voice' Soar, 'Go On', 'The New Normal', 'NCIS: Los Angeles' 'New Girl' & 'Parenthood' Up

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November 28th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.8/7 2.7/7 2.5/7 1.8/5 1.7/5 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.6/5 2.0/6 1.8/6 1.7/5 0.5/1
Total Viewers (million) 13.853 14.415 7.008 4.408 3.446 1.188

ABC was the number one network in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

Post-Thanksgiving Ratings Rebound week continues as almost every show improves on last week’s performance.

On NBC, The Voice earned a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating up 12% from last week’s 3.4. Go On scored a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating up 19% from last week’s 2.1. The New Normal garnered a  1.7 adults 18-49 rating up 13% from last week’s 1.5. Parenthood notched a 1.8 among adults 18-49, up 6% from last week’s 1.7.

On CBS, NCIS earned a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating up 17% from last week’s 3.0. NCIS: Los Angeles garnered a 2.9 among adults 18-49 up  4%from last week’s 2.8. Vegas tied its series low with a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 11% from last week’s 1.8.

On ABC, How the Grinch Stole Christmas notched a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 4% from last year’s 2.5. Shrek the Halls scored a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating down 4% from last year’s 2.6. The season finale of Dancing With the Stars garnered a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, up 33% from last week’s 2.0 but down 6% from a 3.2 for the spring finale and down 27% from a 4.1 for last year’s fall finale.

On FOX, Raising Hope earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating up 13% from last week’s 1.5. Ben and Kate scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating up 27% from last week’s 1.1. New Girl garnered a 2.3 among adults 18-49 up 15% from last week’s 2.0. The Mindy Project notched a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating up 15% from last week’s 1.3.

On the CW, Hart of Dixie scored a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating even with last week. Emily Owens MD earned a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating down 25% from last week’s 0.4.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, November 27, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice 3.8/10 11.39
CBS NCIS 3.5/10 19.57
ABC How the Grinch Stole Christmas - R 2.4/7 8.38
FOX Raising Hope 1.7/5 3.88
CW Hart of Dixie 0.5/1 1.34
8:30 ABC Shrek the Halls - R 2.5/7 8.44
FOX Ben and Kate 1.4/4 2.92
9:00 ABC Dancing With The Stars (9-11PM) Finale 3.0/8 16.58
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.9/7 14.26
NBC Go On 2.5/6 6.33
FOX New Girl 2.3/6 4.18
CW Emily Owens M.D. 0.3/1 1.04
9:30 NBC The New Normal 1.7/4 4.07
FOX The Mindy Project 1.5/4 2.80
10:00 NBC Parenthood 1.8/5 4.43
CBS Vegas 1.6/4 9.42


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," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 2.2/6 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline,"
> 4.0/10; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/7. 
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
> were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with
> an encore; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in
> metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's first-run "Late
> Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local
> People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) tied "Late
> Late Show" (0.4/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 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.

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  • Barbie

    @Mike The absolute best show for that timeslot would be Hawaii Five-0. Hands down.

  • bsp

    Most ratings this week should be up dramatically vs. last week, which was a week of holiday reruns, even for shows which are doomed.

    Every season of DWTS, I see the contestants and say, “forget it,” but inevitably I’m fully engaged for the final weeks… same as with the NBA and MLB. (No such issues with football, college or pro — I’m there ALL season.)

    Took “Vegas” off of my DVR sched weeks ago… currently that slot belongs to “Leverage” for a short run of new episodes. Last night’s was a good’un!

  • Edward

    The New Normal was amazing last night!!!!!

  • Damo

    @Crim TV

    Fair enough i’ll probably watch them all and then go through the one’s I don’t like and just stop and leave for another time and quite a list aswell I’m guessing they got picked up in the uk then and make sure you watch revolution to

  • Mark

    The New Normal deserves a better schedule. 9:30 is the worst time because everything else has started. It depends entirely on its loyal audience (which is alright) and Go On lead (which isn’t much. I even doubt it’s the same target). But TNN has lots of mainstream potential if only Ryan polishes his writers and put the emphasis on Bryan and David, and also if NBC decides to give it a better time. At least at 9 or 10 it would be easier to lead in more audience because that’s when everything is starting or ending.

  • Grey

    Where are the Monday Final ratings? Were there no changes in any of the numbers?

  • Brian J


    The drop from “GO,” I mean. I know retention isn’t everything, but I still think it counts for something.

  • charles

    remember in the early 00s on fox where if a show got these ratings a show would be canceled so quickly and abrupt you’d still think a new episode would still be airing next week. Bad times for tv fans, but when you think about it…they’ve changed a lot.

  • Sarah


    It helped Melissa Rycroft that her manager is the head producer of talent for Dancing with the Stars. No way in hell did that girl get more votes than Shawn Johnson. Just another “reality” show that is heavily rigged.

  • Steph

    I’m very very happy with NCIS’ numbers. Last nights episode was one of the best ever.

  • POIFanatic

    For a while there, Go On’s ratings were looking scary. Glad it bounced back.

  • viewer

    I’m surprised “New Girl” didn’t do worse. That opening scene was awful and offensive, and I turned it off before the theme song.

    Both “New Girl” and “2 Broke Girls” have good lead actors, but the writing is just horrible.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “OK, you lost me. What does “spam our comments” mean?”

    Posting the same comment over and over again.


    The Voice” is up week to week by 12 percent in 18-49 rating (to
    > a 3.8 from a 3.4) and up 20 percent or 1.9 million persons in total
    > viewers (11.389 million vs. 9.469 million). Last night’s “Voice” is
    > also up 12 percent versus its 18-49 rating of the comparable results
    > show from the prior cycle (3.4 from 9-10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24)
    > and up 27 percent in total viewers (11.389 million vs. 8.933 million).

    WOWsa The Voice is up 27 perecent from Season 2’s hemoorage. Why is the Voice season 3 not only stablizing perking up when Season 2 was crashing by the end? The answer is the show became more contestant based. I really am invested in this finish to the end whereas season 2 I could have cared less about the rush job to the finals. Didn’t know the contestants, didn’t care about them and wasn’t connected. Mark Burnett wisely saw Idol’s magic is that contestant connection and look at Phillip Phillips big massive huge hit with great opening week numbers.

  • eridapo

    remember in the early 00s on fox where if a show got these ratings a show would be canceled so quickly and abrupt you’d still think a new episode would still be airing next week. Bad times for tv fans, but when you think about it…they’ve changed a lot.

    Not just Fox. Ratings have been dropping for all the broadcast networks, yet TV viewing has gone up (or steady if you account for population growth) over the decade.

    The era of the Broadcast Network might be diminishing, but it is growing in other areas. Fragmentation was bound to occur sooner or later.

  • Kate

    @Viewer just wondering, but how was New Girls cold open offensive?


    I am sorry Shawn/Derek’s finish turned me off. It was self induglent. She relied on heavy gymnastics as her dancing. Her freetyle was completely self indulgent things I ever saw and it involved her troop of Olympians with all those bells and whistles. Melissa/Tony came onto this show pegged as early show exits. They danced so well and there three weeks of dancing was stellar. Caveman Hustle, Argentice Tango and the gorgeous freestyle which was risky and ambitious. They won in a sea of huge fan favorites pegged to win again or win. They really wanted it bad. Great winners for DWTS. Melissa deserved every last vote she danced while Shawn did GYMNASTICS WITH THE STARS.

  • Jonathan

    I think people were bored with the All Star season. Everyone was pretty good so there wasn’t much drama.


    @ Charles

    Remember the Gunsmoke Rules!

    However, in 00 Fox only had #17 Temptation Island 10.7 in the top 30. They had nothing in 01 & it wasn’t until 02 w/ AI that they started topping the ratings chart.

    TV fans now have Cable & other means for viewing pleasure, so it’s not bad times at all.

  • rob60990

    Good for DWTS finale.

    Lmao at New Girl losing to Christmas special reruns. All of FOX comedies are pathetic.

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