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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  • brandon

    Put Happy Endings back on Wednesday!! I love this show too much to see it die.


    Its crazy to think all these holiday specials have done well for network TV. Charlie Brown, Rudulph, Christmas at Rockafeller. Its a great night for TV holiday wise.

    Honestly FOX had a crappy fall and only X Factor gave it good numbers but still dissapointing how failed to be higher than season 1. FOX needs to focus on better shows. I think with all these bad numbers that Bones will receive a 9th season. I would like to see Bones live to see 10 seasons, it was a very good hit show for FOX. Losing House was tough for FOX. They need new hits and Glee has waned. Honestly I would probably end Glee after 5 seasons I think the show is tired.

  • Alex

    It may be down from last year, but it’s still pretty darn impressive to see a one-hour, stop-motion, 48-year-old special, narrated by someone absolutely no one in the target demographic has ever heard of (Burl Ives), and featuring half the voice cast of the old Spider-Man cartoon series … still able to attract more than 10 million viewers.

  • Fred

    WOW! A 3.5 at 10:00 is amazing! Don’t remember this Fashion show performing so well in the past. CBS should air it as a regular weekly series.

  • a p garcia

    I tried to see if Kimberly Guilfoyle, an ex Victoria’s Secret model and FOX legal analyst was in the audience. After many years, Rudolph is still pulling in the numbers.

  • gerry

    @ alex. agreed. good for rudolph!

  • s0303

    i forgot shark tank was even on last night…they should do it for several weeks and see if ratings improve…still highest show on abc.

    tnn will get renewed, not cuz it’s ratings are so good, but the other nbc comedies are so bad…nbc losing the office and 30 rock, and almost for sure cancelling whitney, gwk, and uan…tnn will be renewed by default.


    Watched the fashion show last night for the first time & didn’t mind sitting through the commercials at all.

    Really liked the look on Bieber’s face when Rihanna finished her second number.

    Disappointed during the PINK segment that Biebs did Beauty & the beat. Canada got it right by booing him off stage.

    POLL: Who sounds more like a girl, Bruno or Baby Bieber?

  • Jimmy James

    You can keep harping about shows being cancelled but if so many shows are tanking, the new low numbers may be the norm. They can’t cancel everything, and believe it or not, some shows grow after their first two seasons.

  • omabin

    It’s a bit better for Endings and Apartment 23. But the bitch is still doomed and my poor, poor happy endings can only be saved by the syndication gods, but even that might not be enough

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

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

    But New Girl beat that NCIS repeat by 100% with adults 18-34 from 9-9:30 (2.2 v. 1.1). Though 18-49 remains a very accurate generic metric to predict renewals and cancellations (and easiest for us, since we don’t always see 18-34 finals) the advantage New Girl has w/18-34 (even over NCIS:LA originals) is not insignificant.

  • EricaB

    the Voice continues to slide. they’ve lost over 2 million viewers and a full point in the ratings over the course of the last 4-5 weeks

    good that Go On is holding up well, especially considering the Voice’s slide as of late

  • Sweetd

    I can’t believe how small the Fox audience is. Parenthood has more people watching than any Tuesday Fox show. Also impressive – Parenthood builds on TNN audience.

    @ Sarah even if HE “is no longer funny”, it still provides more laughs than the 9PM Fox hour.

  • Jeremy


    What will be The Voice replacement in January? Just wondering what kind of lead-in will Go On have by then. I think NBC has a strong line with Go On, The New Normal and Parenthood, but I am not sure TNN is scheduled properly. I mean, it could be doing as fine as Go On or even better if it was re-scheduled.

  • NeNe Leakes

    The ratings of New Normal were flat because I was not in last night’s episode. Bloop!

  • eridapo

    Per Marc Berman

    Shark 1.7 6.91/ 1.7 6.80
    PP 1.3 4.42 / 1.2 4.29

    RRNR 2.8 9.86 /3.0 10.32
    VS 3.3 9.28/ 3.7 9.36

    Voice 3.1 10.74 / 3.7 11.93
    Parenthood 1.8 5.06/ 1.7 4.74

    HOD .6 1.76 / .5 1.61
    EOMD .4 1.55 /.4 1.58

    CW was pre-empted in Chicago for Bulls game…
    Victoria’s Secret solid performance. Other than Football, Guys finally got a show they could watch with their GFs.

    Fox and ABC are dead on Tuesday’s…..

  • a p garcia

    Fox really screwed up by separating NG from Glee and it is really showing. I like 23 better than HE. Someone wasn’t checking IDs at VS Fashion Show since Bieber got in.

  • Brian J


    As I said before, “Go On” seems to be stabilizing almost independent of “The Voice.” If that turns out to be true, which we’d see in a few weeks when “The Voice” isn’t on, it’ll be a big plus for NBC, since it will have a show that can carry itself. I’d say anything above a 2.0 is something NBC would be happy with.

  • Gustavo

    Glee needs to go back to Tuesdays.

  • Jimmy James

    NBC is not going to cancel all those (bad) four-camera comedies.

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