TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Don't Trust the B' & 'Happy Endings' Up; 'Raising Hope', 'New Girl' & 'Ben and Kate' Down + 'Victoria Secret Fashion Show' is Number One for the Night

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December 5th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.8/8 2.4/7 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.4/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.4/8 1.7/5 1.5/5 1.1/4 1.4/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.160 7.334 3.287 4.816 3.682 1.627

CBS was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice earned a 3.4 down from last week's 3.8 adults 18-49 rating. Go On was even with last week's 2.5 adults 18-49. The New Normal was also flat with last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Parenthood notched a 1.7, down a tick  from last week's 1.8 among adults 18-49.

On CBS, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer earned 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. The Victoria Secret Fashion Show  earned a 3.5 and was the highest rated program of the night.  The pair were down 28% and 24% respectively with adults 18-49 vs. last year.

On ABC, Shark Tank notched a 1.7  for a special Tuesday airing, down two tenths from its Friday original, which  earned a 1.9 on November 16.. Happy Endings scored a 1.3, up two tenths  from its last original's 1.1. Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 garnered a 1.2  adults 18-49 rating, up three tenths from its last original's 0.9. Private Practice earned a 1.2, up two tenths from its last original's 1.0.

On FOX, Raising Hope earned a 1.4, down four tenths from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Ben and Kate scored a 1.1, down three tenths from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. New Girl garnered a 2.0, down three tenths from last week's 2.3 among adults 18-49.. The Mindy Project notched a 1.3, down two tenths from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Hart of Dixie scored a 0.6, up a tenth from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49. Emily Owens MD earned a 0.4, also up a tenth from last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Overall 18-49 viewing of television was lower than last week - by 5% from 8-10p.

Broadcast primetime ratings for December 4, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice 3.4 10  11.334
CBS Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -R 2.9 8  10.092
ABC Shark Tank 1.7 5  6.856
FOX Raising Hope 1.4 4  3.701
CW Hart of Dixie  0.6 2  1.687
8:30PM FOX Ben and Kate 1.1 3 2.674
9:00PM NBC Go On 2.5 7  6.943
CBS NCIS -R 2.0 5 11.07
FOX New Girl 2.0 5  4.143
ABC Happy Endings 1.3 3  3.498
CW Emily Owens MD  0.4  1  1.567
9:30PM NBC The New Normal 1.7 4  4.598
FOX The Mindy Project 1.3 3  2.632
ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23                      1.2  3  2.988
10:00PM CBS The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 3.5 10 9.323
NBC Parenthood 1.7 5  4.902
ABC Private Practice 1.2 3  4.357


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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/7; and "Jimmy
Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.  

*	In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4;
"Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

*	At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in
metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson" (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in
metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25
markets with local people meters.

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  • Lance

    Victoria’s Secret #1 in the demo? Tacky!

  • Aaron

    TNN remains “flat” with that 1.7 but earns 600.000 viewers. That’s great. Plus DVR/Live+7 data shows TNN still has a long run to go. It might need a better lead-in, though. If only The New Normal had The Voice as it’s lead in, I think it would be doing even better. The young target of The Voice seems more appropriate for a show like TNN. Go On and Parenthood are much more adult-oriented. Correct order would be TV, TNN, GO and Parenthood. But looking at all the promotional stuff NBC did with Go On it’s clear that they preferred Matthew Perry’s series to Ryan Murphy’s. Which is weird, because ABC, FOX and NBC “filtered” with TNN at the early stage of its production while Perry’s was something only NBC wanted. TNN’s current steady audience, and the fact that it beats the other channels at this time-slot, should certainly guarantee its renewal.

  • eridapo

    @ Michelle,

    Here is a Nielsen article that talks about the Standard error of its sample…


    The key take away… Don’t look for fluctuations from week to week. Look at the average(say an avg of 5 weeks) and compare those results to the previous average….

  • michelle

    @eridapo Thank you for that detailed explanation. Much appreciated!

  • Parsons

    To those complaining about Fox hurting itself by putting its two-hour comedy block on Tuesday nights:

    If they put an hour of it on Monday, they would be destroyed by CBS (HIMYM, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly)

    If they tried Wednesday, they would be crushed by ABC from 9-10(Modern Family, Suburgatory) or fight ANOTHER three-front comedy block against NBC and ABC at 8PM.

    Thursday? They’d be crushed by CBS (Big Bang Theory, 2.5 Men) at 8 PM. And they’re not moving Glee off 9 PM.

    Friday? They’d be in the clear, against no comedies at all. They’d also be crushed, as no one under 55 watches TV on Friday nights.

    The problem is not that the comedy block is two hours’ long. The problem is that the shows suck.

  • Oliver

    The New Normal is underperforming in a good timeslot, dropping almost a third off its lead-in. This sort of retention would be expected if its lead-in was a monster hit (i.e. The Voice, TBBT, Modern Family) but it’s not.

    My guess is that Go On drops half a point once The Voice departs and The New Normal loses a third of a point, putting the latter squarely into bubble territory despite having a protected timeslot.


    @ Babygate 12:06 Post

    Wow, so no response, only let Bill debate points for you

    HAD TO SIGN OFF & run errands & such. Had no idea it would grow to this magnitude.

    BILL & ROBERT joined in & I’m glad they did! These are all new stats, so I’ve learned a lot today. (Thanks, guys)

  • CrimTV


    The New Normal is NBC’s 3rd highest rated comedy of this season!

  • Oliver


    And Whitney was NBC’s 2nd highest rated comedy at this point last season. How did that work out for them?

  • Oliver

    …and at this point in 2010, Outsourced was NBC’s 2nd highest rated comedy.

  • Aaron

    How’s 9:30 a “protected” time slot when most of the big networks are already running their shows, and even cable, and even hispanic channels! TNN has to compete with everything at that time. Put it at 9, after The Voice, or any other hit, and watch it make better ratings until it becomes a hit itself.

  • Networkman

    I am really trying to like The New Normal but it is too uneven. I watched last night because of Cheri Oteri. I was also surprised to see Marlo Thomas. But I feel the storylines are weak and the one leading actor is still wooden. There was more passion and tension amongst Will & Jack then these two. NBC please try 1600 Penn after Go On, that will give it the best chance to suceed.

    FOX needs to pull both Ben & Kate and The Mindy Project off the schedule immediately. The network has to quickly go into damage control mode. Raising Hope should return back to 9:30pm after The New Girl. And Glee is going to have to return back to 8pm. Then the network can air Goodwin Games on Wednesday during midseason after American Idol goes to 90 minutes.

  • Networkman

    I really enjoyed the Victoria Secret Fashion Show last night. Bruno Mars was absolutely fantasic. And I liked watching the models strut to Rihanna’s music. This goes to show CBS that they can be doing much better in the 10pm hour. To me, it shows that the younger demographic will watch a program in the 10pm hour. Maybe it is time to go back to variety programs. Have Justin Timberlake entertain for an hour with special musical talents. Networks can also use the 10pm hour for really edging comedies. I feel the broadcast TV landscape has to simply adjust its format. The 10pm hour doesn’t always have to consist of a drama nowadays.

  • TheColdTruth

    @Rena –
    Revolution keeps being the “most timeshifted” show in percentage, but that’s misleading because it is starting from a low base and does not suddenly transform it into a hit.

    Nonsense! Revolution also keeps appearing in the Top 4 ‘most timeshifted’ in viewers as well as the demo .

    At this point, like 18-49, DVR numbers are used solely for PR spin to justify network decisions based on internal politics, since there is little logic in renewing one flop over another

    It is PR spin, no doubt. But DVR ratings show you that there are potential viewers who could jump over to live viewing as the show develops and that will be a factor if there are two shows in the same boat on live ratings and one needs to be cancelled.

  • GetOverYourself

    “Does the overall number matter at all?”


    Then don’t bother posting them, douchebag.

  • Lauren

    I love Don’t Trust the B! I think it would do better in a different time slot!

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