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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  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Where are all the Hart of Dixie fans that called it a hit? LOL

  • Linda E.

    @RJ: Sorry to inform you that despite NCIS’ high numbers, not everyone loves it. I don’t understand why I show that pretty much recycles the same plots, is so popular.
    I watched NCIS for the first four or five seasons. How long is the probationary period for a new employee in their organization? DiNozzo called the other guy “probie” for all the time I watched it. I know that’s a small beef, but it bugged me. I got so tired of all the one-upmanship, bickering and generally childish behaviour of the characters, that I just called it quits.

  • Dan

    Not too bad for Fox comedies, up and holding up against NBC. The numbers arent so bad when ABCs comedies dont air. Vegas is 21 and done.

  • silvit

    @The Old Man

    I’m not denying it (see all my cable posts). If it were for me, network tv would burn down in flames. :D

  • John


    Even Mike Franks called Gibbs probie. Check the first 4 seasons and you will see.

  • Overdamoon

    @Bill Gorman

    Bill Gorman
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM
    “For the first time in a long while, these Tuesday ratings don’t look so depressing, especially CBS 8-10pm, NBC’s full night, ABC especially.”

    Perhaps because ratings have fallen so far since the premieres. Had these ratings appeared in week 2 or 3 you’d have been wailing.

    My guess is perhaps a lot of people were busy working/volunteering for the most expensive presidential election ever and then needing time to catch up with things they put off during those months. They finally are back to their daily routines and TV enjoyment.

    Do we have this excuse in our Bingo card? :)

  • silvit


    You officially gained a place in the Bingo Card! :-)

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

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

    That makes no sense people tuning in to watch the current episode have no idea whether Ms. Barkin will be in the episode to any extent or not so I doubt it affects ratings.

    Perhaps for the following but who has time to track that.

  • Mary 1

    This is my first season of watching the Voice, a show I ignored for the previous two (I had no idea it was on that long). Maybe it was the Olympics advertising that got me to watch or the fact that NBC started their new programs the earliest and everything else was just reruns. One change they just did this season is not only counting the itunes sales as votes but if the singers make the top 10 on itunes, then they get 10 times the votes. I think people purchasing the music gets them more invested in the show. I think it also means the people who actually sell are being kept on the show. That may be the difference in keeping people interested.

    As for the NBC comedies, we’ll see soon enough if it’s lead dependent once the Voice is gone, but I have no problem with networks using their popular shows to help out their new shows. People always post it as if it’s a negative –so & So would get a 1.2 if it didn’t have a lead in, blah de blah blah. Well the ratings it’s actually getting is the only one that counts regardless of how it’s achieved. I’m also not sure if that’s true because I think the two shows after the Voice are probably NBC’s best in quality new comedies.

    Whitney looks very unappealing and UP all Night was boring the few times I saw it. Guys with kids is the only one with potential & that falls flat a lot of times & has that cliched character I hate in it, the bitchy ex wife. Anthony Anderson is a funny guy though.

  • Honey Badger

    @ Mary 1
    I like you points and reasoning. I also like The Voice, and I agree it will be interesting to see if other NBC shows are dependent on The Voice

    I have put my earlier post, seems great minds think alike.

    Honey Badger
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 9:18 AM
    As was predicted by the posters on tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com last year the multitude of singing and talent shows were going to lower the ratings for all singing and talent shows.

    Gone are the days of American Idol with rocket 18 – 49 ratings and 20 million viewers.
    In response to lower ratings on talent shows, American idol and The X Factor on Fox decided to be more controversial and create controversy and buzz. That has failed for both shows and I predict when American idol returns with their new controversial judges, the ratings will tank.

    Looks like NBC has won the singing shows war, with The Voice. I think it is because the show is more positive and do not bring on singers just to make fun of them. The Judges also seem genuinely interested in helping all the singers on the show.
    It looks like they finally found a person who can be a star in Cassadee Pope she keeps topping the charts on iTunes, thus proving her commercial viability.
    Cassadee Pope had the number 2 song on iTunes this week.
    Last week Cassadee Pope hitting number one on iTunes, which is a huge feat to do, with her emotional rendition of Blake Shelton’s song, Over You (The Voice Performance), and she continues to hover in the top 13 on iTunes with this song.
    This week she was number 2 on iTunes with the song Are You Happy Now? (The Voice Performance) – Cassadee Pope.
    Cassadee Pope currently has two songs in the top 15 on iTunes; she is a star already and will only get better


    @ silvit

    I hear you, but at my age, the Nets are like comfort food, or the big eye in sky, whichever applies.

    Aside from TGW, scripted Cable has all the good stuff.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    ” I wish CW would just give it a full season since it’s not like they have anything of note to replace it with.”

    Except for The Carrie Diaries and Cult that is.

  • Honey Badger

    @ Mary 1
    I also agree with

    “As for the NBC comedies, we’ll see soon enough if it’s lead dependent once the Voice is gone, but I have no problem with networks using their popular shows to help out their new shows. People always post it as if it’s a negative –so & So would get a 1.2 if it didn’t have a lead in, blah de blah blah. Well the ratings it’s actually getting is the only one that counts regardless of how it’s achieved. I’m also not sure if that’s true because I think the two shows after the Voice are probably NBC’s best in quality new comedies. “

  • Michael

    @Anthony Parello (AP076),

    I’m not talking about the ratings. I’m talking about the quality of comedy. In my opinion, Ms. Barkin brings the funny to the show.

  • Overdamoon

    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.

    Granted, H50 may not be top rated, it also fell victim to a weakened CBS Monday lineup and to strong competition in Revolution that has the benefit of The Voice lead-in. RVN is not chopped liver, it’s NBC’s strongest drama in a long time.

    If CBS moves 2.5Men or TBBT back to Mondays, we may see the old numbers coming back. H50 will never get close to the sitcoms since the audiences aren’t entirely compatible. I see H50 lost about a 1.3 in demo rating and a million viewers while NCISLA lost 0.6 demo reting and over 5 million viewers, and the 2 shows ARE supposedly compatible. Vegas lost too much of its lead-in it’s not worth mentioning.

    Elementary also lost considerable in demo viewers to CM…. The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that H50 will stay put next year while either 2.5 Men (minus the .5 men) or TBBT may get moved back to Mondays this season or next. Or it’s just wishful thinking. :)

  • Overdamoon

    Yeah! :)

  • Charlie Sheen

    Good to see NCIS back in the 20 million territory looks like DWtS pulls in some viewers for that show as it showed also with LA which had been hot lately when NCIS was down. Vegas is pretty much done and CBS should definitely move Hawaii Five-0 or The Mentalist to that timeslot by January or February.

    I thought The Voice would be much higher without DWtS there and its been promoted a lot but oh well it wasn’t but still huge. Go On really hasn’t taken advantage of the lead-in that well, it is not a self-starter on a different night with no help. New Normal is doing terribly that show should be done at season’s end. Parenthood did a great job of growing out of it despite the DWtS competition.

    FOX’s comedy block is a mess but New Girl upticked this week. Ben & Kate and Mindy need to be gone also, if Raising Hope wasn’t that close to syndication it should go with them. FOX really needs to go back to the basics when it comes to their comedies and find that next Married with Children or Martin.

  • Jiji Moran

    Poor “Raising Hope.” It’s a cute comedy, but it’s stacked against two ratingsmongers: “The Voice” and “NCIS”.

    It still manages a 1.7, better than other shows out there, including “Vegas”.

  • Networkman

    Vegas looks even worse now that the other shows saw a bump in their ratings and it remained at its season low. This show should be beating Parenthood in the demo. It is a major disappointment and CBS should look into moving it immediately.

    Ben & Kate should be cancelled effective immediately. FOX should really consider simply putting Raising Hope back at 9:30pm behind New Girl. And the Mindy Project should be relaunced behind American Idol.

  • Gerald

    New Normal is real close to Whitney/GWK and those comedies receive no help so this is rather embarrassing for New Normal.

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