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.

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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  • eridapo


    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 don’t think that is the reason. I’m more incline to believe that in the Spring the Voice was being compare to the much popular Idol, and Idol’s singers just seem better than the Voices. This Fall the fans of this genre are judging the talent versus that of XFactor, and they are choosing to become invested in the Voice.

    I firmly believe that there is only room for one “reality singing” competition per season.


    @ Bill G

    That would knock out 90% of my comments! I’m claiming OCD!

  • eridapo


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

    I know your “Old”, but this comment makes me think you grew up in the 50s. Cable is not new. It existed in the 80s, 90s, and 00s. What is different now is that Cable is developing original programming as opposed to airing repeats of network shows.

  • Jiji Moran

    Melissa Rycroft WON that trophy… and Tony Dovolani is the hardest working of all the pro dancers.

    Through the years he always got either the old ladies, or the difficult (bitchie) ones. No matter which hag he got, he was patient and he always had a smile on his face. All this while his co-pro-dancing partners got the athletes, the nimble ones, and the young… and the trophies.

    Shawn Johnson may have been an awesome somersaulter (take in cosideration she is a gymnast champion) and precise dancer, but she always looked awkward. Maybe it was her short legs, or her cockiness.

    It was a nice finale.

  • Neo

    @ Mark

    I second what you said. TNN shall air at 9 any other day and we would see it go up immediately. It’s a great cast featuring a fresh idea, but I guess NBC is too excited protecting Go On. I mean, NBC probably believes that if Go On goes up, TNN and Parenthood will follow. But clearly the three series have a different audience. Parnethood might be better right after Go On. And then, move The New Normal to 9 at a different day with a great lead-in.

  • silvit


    Too bad most of these original programmings are idiotic reality shows. ;-)
    I’m tenpted to propose my own reality show to some USA cable channels.

  • silvit

    Sorry, *tempted


    I think DWTS to be in its 15th season pulling those numbers are great. Its a long running show and its off from its spring finale but it had lower ratings for than Spring all season long so it got a nice jump at the end. Honestly this season was so mixed. In the beginning I was very pysched to see old dancers return but I got bored thinking the same old people won win. It was a nice surprise to have an all female finale and an unexpected winner in the end. Really I realized I prefer DWTS with newbies versus all stars even though I enjoyed this season in the end. The beauty of DWTS is to see a bunch of newbies good, in the middle or bad and I missed the bad dancers just cause they are part of the show. Its the jouney to see them excel through the beauty of dance. IMO for next season they need a killer cast of personalities to draw viewers in. I think the show needs some changes as well.

  • Sarah

    Jiji Moran

    I was thrilled for Tony, he’s deserved that win for a long time. That poor guy was paired with Kate Gosselin and that should be considered inhumane. Shawn Johnson annoys me too, I just can’t get past the fact that one of the producers is Melissa’s manager. If there wasn’t that connection I don’t think I’d be questioning her win.


    @ eridapo

    You’re absolutely right, I did grow up in the 50’s. I probably should have stated cable programming, but I was referring to precisely that. Repeats of Net shows is included in this, as look at the cable charts & check out TBBT, 2.5M, Seinfeld and all the others (CIS, NCIS, L&0) that started on Network.

    Good catch!

  • K

    Most of these shows are lame anyway, lol

  • Barbie

    Can you not send a message to @Bill G? I just tried and it ate my reply! O_O

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Can you not send a message to @Bill G? I just tried and it ate my reply! O_O”

    Not clear why this was eaten.

    “Do you think there’s any chance at all CBS would move Hawaii Five-0 to Tuesdays? Or is it more likely that it’ll end up on Sundays? Just stay on Monday?”

    I’d be stunned if they moved any existing shows this season.

    Next season, I’d be surprised if H50 went to Tuesday, but keeping it on Monday or moving it to Sunday or Friday would not surprise me.

    H50 is what it is, a mediocre rated show that’s not going to cause any ratings heartburn (unlike, say The Good Wife) while they warehouse it while it piles up the episodes.

  • Barbie

    Let’s try again.

    @Bill Gorman, do you think there’s any chance at all CBS will move Hawaii Five-0 to Tuesdays? Or do you think it’ll end up in one of the dead slots on Sundays? It’ll stays on Mondays?

  • Barbie

    Really, Friday??? I think it would be dead on Friday :( I mean, Friday shows are much less actiony. Sunday seems a lot more likely. Also, I’m betting kind of my life CSI:NY stays for a 10th season :)


    @ silvit

    Yeah, but for every 21 of those you do have a “Game Of Thrones” FX scripted and TWD, so there are some out there.

  • Michael

    “The New Normal” suffers when Ellen Barkin isn’t featured. She brings the comedy to the show, IMO.


    Warehousing is a good thing! TGW could eventually still stimulate the CBS economy. Hope I wasn’t spamming with 21.


    @ Barbie

    Are you getting that “Invalid Data, Please Try Again” message?

    If so, no cause for alarm, just re-enter & it should take.

    It’s annoying, I know.

  • RG-X

    Parenthood! Excellent episode! Wish it still had more viewers – arrgghhh

    it beat Vegas again

    I don’t get New Normal – – not funny – over acting – weak!

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