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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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  • eridapo

    Just when I start worrying about Monday’s ratings, Tuesday comes along and reminds me why I shouldn’t worry about Mondays.

    CBS is always solid on this night, but the other 3 networks are all under-performing. What a sad night for tv.

  • Ricardo

    Are there really people who think The New Normal is a better performer than Go On? -.-

  • eridapo

    @ Max

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

    Good to see you praising a show now and then.

  • Petar Ivanov

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

    Good question.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “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”

    While that sentiment is essentially correct, my guess is that the shows you’d refer to in the “can’t cancel everything” group are probably going to be canceled.

    Just a guess.

  • danny94

    good for goon and not bad for new normal. Say what you like about emily owens m.d but its very steady.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Jeremy – The Biggest Loser will replace The Voice on Mondays, and back-to-back episodes of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers on Tuesdays.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    Why should fans care if a show is a “hit”?

    As long as a show does well enough to survive, why should fans care about anything more?

    Unless, they’re either crazy or have an axe to grind, of course.

  • Ted Craig

    Apt. 23 may be up, but it’s still a 1.2, beating only the already canceled Emily Owens.


    @ Jeremy

    The Biggest Loser (M) 8-10

    Off Their Rockers (T) 8-9

  • Grey

    Half naken women parading around on stage and it’s the number one show of the night? I’m shoked! Dah. :-)

    Now if we can get a men’s version for us women….

  • kiber9

    @Brian J If New Girl is Fox’s premier show, why do they need a lead in? They should be pulling in viewers and standing on their own. Too many comedies, you can only laugh so much or in Fox’s case, just a little.

  • Petar Ivanov

    What is your guess – will today Grammy nom concert beat The Victoria Secret Fashion Show?

  • Aaron

    I don’t see why NBC would touch Tuesdays at all. Go On and The New Normal beat every other channel except CBS. Parenthood is also quite steady, and is just one season away of Syndication. In my opinion the three will get renewed no matter what.

  • michelle

    What is going on with New Girl? I know it goes up a lot when DVR is factored in, but where have the viewers gone? Also, sorry to see Happy Endings continue to struggle. Very funny show with a great cast.

    As for Go On, I’m not convinced it’s not lead-in dependent to some extent. If I’m not mistaken, The Office saw a one-week bump to 2.5 when it aired after The Voice (an ep rated lower than last night) and then dropped down to normal once it went back to following Up All Night. I may be wrong, and I often am, but I still think Go On will drop to high 1s without The Voice and that The New Normal will drop to mid 1s. I’m sure both have a core audience that will stick with them, but the casual viewers who tune in only because they’re already tuned to NBC for The Voice are the ones who will disappear.

  • Nancy

    Haters aside I still think The Mindy Project will be renewed for a second season.

  • K

    Rudolph beat Charlie Brown’s Christmas as expected.


    # eridapo

    Max praises “Scandal” all the time

  • rob60990

    @eridapo, I don’t think that’s the same Max. There’s a couple of Maxes that post here.

  • HalCapone

    Happy Endings is by far the best comedy on television in years. It’s a shame so few watch it. This is how Friends should have been done. Although New Girl ratings have come way down, I still scratch my head at its popularity; I’ve tried watching it but I don’t even find it mildly amusing or adorkable.

    I bet NBC wishes it could place The Voice on 24/7, along with football. Once these two ratings juggernauts disappear, NBC will no doubt achieve ratings somewhere south of Univision.

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