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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  • JR

    Shark Tank didn’t do too badly- but, yeah, I’d leave it on Friday.

    Rudolph did well, especially opposite The Voice.

  • Canary

    The New Normal earns more than half million viewers within a week. Quite interesting. Plus it has had very steady ratings. It would be crazy not to renew it. Nevertheless, NBC needs to promote it better. So far they’re just insisting with Go On. And really, I don’t understand all the praising for Go On. It is quite mediocre at its best. Plus it’s dropping 50% from its lead-in: The Voice 12m, Go On 6m. How is that good? If you ask me, The New Normal is much more mainstream. And I actually believe that TNN would take far more advantage from a show like The Voice as its lead-in. In my opinion, The New Normal is a rough diamond. It needs a better schedule and greater promotion from NBC, and perhaps a “big” name in its cast. Other than that, it’s a priceless comedy.

  • j

    Voice’s Tuesday eps last season (besides the finale): 3.1/2/3/4/5. So last night was still above last year’s average.

  • Just My Opinion

    I watched the Victoris’a Secret Fashion Show for the first time last night and I really enjoyed it. The models were beautiful and the musical performances by Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars were great – they each got to sing two songs. I’ll be watching next year!

  • Maximillian

    Anybody who thinks B&K has a chance, need I remind you that B in Apt 23 got better ratings then B&K last night. THATS GOTTA HURT! Fox must be sad today.

  • Paulo PT

    Suburgatory is not a perfect match with MF. I believe it will pull a 2.2%.

  • Sam

    Lol, people like top models in underwear.

  • Nikki

    Parenthood was awesome last night, i dont get how it was down from last week. Either way its still going strong, and next week looks even better.

  • rob60990

    LMAO at the “big hit” New Girl tying an NCIS rerun. :D

  • TheColdTruth


    The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is for people who like watching half naked women to drool over.

    So are you telling us there actually are people who don’t like watching superhot, half-naked women?!


    Shark Tank tanks w/ 1.7 but best ABC can muster for night

    FOX in dire straights as MP & B&K don’t connect & Zoo Girl slips w/ NG & RH has seen better

    The CW ticks up to no avail

    The Voice down but not out for NBC as Go On maintains 2.5, TNN & PH on par for their avgs

    Rudolph shines bright for CBS for victorious nightly win as VS top draw w/ 3.5


    Well Shark Tank did well on Tuesday but it does better on Friday. IMO this was a test and it proved ABC should keep Shark Tank where it belongs on Fridays at 9pm. Its just a better timeslot for the show and it has proven its a perfect Friday show. It really works on that night. I love it on Friday’s cause there isn’t much to watch. ABC Fridays IMO are solid. Isn’t it crazy ABC Fridays are one of their stronger nights? IMO keep the whole lineup in tact its working.

  • Maximillian

    The hate on New Girl is funny.

    So the show premiered to big numbers last year (high 3’s / low 4’s) but by the end of the season, it was getting 2.2’s (the finale got a 2.7 i believe).

    So the fact that New Girl is staying fairly steady around the 2.0 – 2.5 range is not THAT unexpected, and it was never a ratings powerhouse that most make it out to be. Its getting a season 3 unless the ratings tank by year end, but it seems to found a core audience. Plus if FOX moves it away from Go On, itll probably go up.

    Shark Tank numbers are expected, I watch the show and didnt even remember it was on last night (DVR recorded it). I think if it was moved there, the numbers would grow. However, Friday seems to be a good home for it.

  • Devin

    ABC comedy block on Tuesday needs to be moved before March when DWTS comes back. Move it to Saturday or something.

  • Maximillian


    Saturday? So it can interfere with sports and get worse ratings?

  • jimbo

    I’m a big fan of Go on. Always worried about this sitcom without The voice lead in on January. I don’t want it to be another failure of Perry.
    If it fails, I strongly suggest NBC should make another sitcom called “Monica and Chandler” This show will attract viewers who still miss Friends. It could be interesting to watch Monica and Chandler raising their twin children!!

  • r0ckmypants

    It’s definitely too little, too late (especially considering how low it still is) but seeing Apt 23 up three tenths makes me happy.

    Fox has to be depressed over its Tuesday night ratings… even New Girl was barely alive this week. It tied a repeat of NCIS in the demo and was murdered by Go On. Apt 23 is snapping at Mindy’s heels in the demo and beat it in viewers. And Ben & Kate is just pathetic.

    On another note, I will never cease to be amazed by how well these holiday repeats do. The Grinch, Charlie Brown, Rudolph… they’re many decades old and pull in better ratings than most current shows. Unbelievable.

  • gerry

    i’m in sad disbelief that a ‘fashion show’ for a mall store is the ratings winner of the night. srsly?

  • Sarah

    It kills me that Happy Endings is no longer funny.

  • Max

    Yeah for Apt. #23!!! Happy it’s up!

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