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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  • RG-X

    Officially Parenthood – is my new #1 favorite show. I hope we get more episodes this season and it gets renewed for one more as well.

    The best episode EVER last night!


    @ Petar Ivanov

    Was wondering the same thing myself. Maroon 5 & Taylor Swift are pop huge right now. Kinda smirked at the fact Adam L is on The Voice (if you can’t beat ’em, use ’em).

    I’m thinking it should be close, but I’m gonna no.

  • Jenny

    I think it’s interesting that last week New Girl was up three points with no Happy Endings,and this week it was down three points with Happy Endings.
    I wonder how Happy Endings will do with no New Girl on December 18th.

  • rob60990

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

    No, judging from last year’s 1.9, it won’t even be close.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Jimmy James “NBC is not going to cancel all those (bad) four-camera comedies.”

    … What?

  • Ram510

    Go On is GREAT!!!

  • Baaa!

    In celebration of their strong performance all clothes at Victoria Secret will be half off or more. ;)

  • CenterGravity

    Ouch for FOX and ABC

  • kiber9

    @Bill Gorman I think what ticks fans off is that every network touts their shows as the biggest hit since sliced bread when we can read the numbers too. We’re not stupid but nets act like we are.

  • lm


  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@Bill Gorman I think what ticks fans off is that every network touts their shows as the biggest hit since sliced bread when we can read the numbers too. We’re not stupid but nets act like we are.”


    Every business markets their products with claims that at times may stretch credibility. Are folks not used to that?

    Far more likely that the earlier commenter has some axe to grind with New Girl/Fox/who knows, and I just wanted to point out the silliness of it.

  • ray

    great 4 HoD. hope it will be renewed

    i just hope the rating for Apartment 23 will go up for next episodes. great comedy but only few people watching :(

  • Alan

    Great for Emily Owens, too bad it was too late for it to improve :(

  • Dan

    Wow ABC just burn through Happy Endings and Apartment 23.


    @ Robert S or Bill G

    The NG target 18-34 2.2 vs 1.1 NCIS is what the men have been saying here. Network is geared toward the 18 -34 Female demo which leaves a good bit of the viewers not in that demo to go elsewhere. Broadcast is for females, cable is for males.

  • DougF

    People saying great for Hart of Dixie and Emily Owens. They were preempted in Chicago for an NBA game, they will be going down in finals

  • jimbo

    Go on and GWK should be together and then Parenthood. Great time slot!

  • Babygate

    Wow. ABC. They really need someone new in charge of programming. Whatever viewers PPP had seem to have run off. This is still the show I watch live but its more out of habit. I grew bored with it a long time ago. But last night’s epi was phenomenal. Paul Adelstein was super fantastic. I came to find a new love for his character. I wish Cooper and Charlotte would get their own spin off…and why are people talking smack about Go On? It’s doing better than the other comedies on NBC. I think its very funny and warm. I love it. I catch it on Hulu+ though because my Tuesdays are crowded at that time. And Fox comedies, IMO, are overrated. They need to bring Glee back to Tuesdays. Seriously. They are killing it with the bad writing and the worst scheduling.

  • ReallyTired

    @Nancy … No way FOX renews ‘The Mindy Project’. That show is dead in the water. Maybe FOX will learn that a comedy is supposed to be funny.

  • eridapo


    The 18-49 is what everyone focuses on because it is the one that is made widely available for free…

    Like you I would love to see the demo by gender for most shows and additional age group breakdowns, but as it is the 18-49 does a good job of predicting 98% of the renewal and cancellation decisions.

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