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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  • lm


    You can really only go so far with cable because of the reach though and with broadcast they have to skew to the general public because the reach and demand is bigger.

  • jimbo

    NBC should make another strong drama like Revolution on 9:00P.M like ABC, CBS. Stop making crap shows which are destined to be cancelled.

  • CP

    I like hot chicks as much as the next guy, but I’ve never been a fan of supermodels in general. Most of them aren’t attractive and how much talent does it really take to walk up and down a runway?

  • glen

    I love Happy Endings but feel that ABC is killing it in it’s current timeslot. Is it unprecedented that 3 networks have comedies airing against each other at 9 p.m.? One would think networks would go with a different type of programming to compete.

    I think no network comedies are really living up to their full potential at 9 p.m. but the NBC comedies are winning, if you could call it that, or maybe it can be viewed as at least holding their own though it may be a different story if they didn’t have the voice as a lead in.

  • Nikki

    Parenthood is pretty strong.. it stays between 1.7-1.9 which isnt bad considering its 4th season show and is in a tuff spot. Ive seen other long running shows die in their 3rd and 4th seasons (cough cough 90210, Nikita, Secret Life, ect.) But Parenthood stays strong.. i love it, ill be happy with one more season which i think it will get. And if it ends and they do it right ill be happ, but id be happy for a 6th too if they get it even if its short. Love love that show. :)

  • Mi

    “ill be happy with one more season which i think it will get”

    Parenthood will definitely get another season because it won’t have enough episodes for syndication yet by the end of this season.

  • CrimTV

    So perhaps Go On isn’t as lead-in dependent as people are saying. The Voice was down 4 tenths but Go On remained at a 2.5. Perhaps it will stay up with Betty White as a lead-in.

  • jT

    new girl will bounce back

  • TSC’s Revenge

    Way to go Apt23!!! Maybe there’s hope yet! :D

  • poweranimals

    I hope Hart of Dixie is adjusted down. Definitely CW’s weakest show now that EOMD is canceled.

  • Rebecca

    Really enjoying Go On…for me it is a stand-on-its-own show because I don’t watch or care about what airs before it. I watch GO and TNN. That said, I record all the Fox comedies on Tuesdays (and can’t change the channel while doing so) and then wind up just seeing everything online the next day and erase what’s on the DVR’s disc. Gotta make room on there for Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways (we’re on Day 3 today)! And I watch A23 and HE but haven’t seen last night’s episodes yet. About to do so, and then RH and I’ll be done. Enjoying all the Tuesday comedies on broadcast (no cable here)…if some newbies die soon (or at the end of the season) it’ll make my schedule easier, but I like them all. Funny that my kiddo decided to watch the Rudolph dvd yesterday afternoon…same day it’s aired on TV but we didn’t know. Her Christmas dvds marathon has begun (broken up by school, meals, homework and sleeping).

  • Ted Craig

    Again, 1.2.


    @ lm

    Broadcast has the means to air more alternate programming & they choose not to do so. In addition to the afore-mentioned LR, PA & MD, they should also mave more OTR & SNL produced shows as well as Made-for-TV SYFY like (I think it was Sand Sharks with Brooke Hogan). How much did that cost?

    I say cable is already there.

  • OneCharmingBastard

    ‘Apartment 23′ is one of the best shows nobody’s watching. The ladies are both fiercely funny and Van Der Beek is a treat every week. The writing isn’t as solid as last year, but pretty funny stuff week after week. I want it back on Wednesday’s after “MF”

  • sara

    The moment when FOX realizes the huge mistake they made changing their winning Tuesday and Thursday nights try to make Touch and the new comedies work.

    May I add Monday night to the list. Great Job Fox. Maybe Dinosaur Doctor next year?

  • misonickson


    “I hope Hart of Dixie is adjusted down. Definitely CW’s weakest show now that EOMD is canceled.”

    GG? 90210? Nikita? BatB? ANTM? Huh…


    @ Rebecca

    Watched ALASKA The Last Frontier 8-10, then VS @ 10. Caught RH On Demand earlier today. Which “Rudolph” does kiddo have? I have it on “The Original Television Christmas Classics” which includes “The Little Drummer Boy” + 4 others.

  • TomSFBay

    Happy Endings has not been very good this season. It’s gone from endearingly silly to slapstick stupid. I don’t expect it will survive with ratings that bad.

  • T-Dog

    Go On at 2.5 with Voice at 3.4 is monster hit status for NBC. If they can move it out of that slot and it can keep that rating it will be on the air for the next 6 years.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    I wonder if HoD will get a 0.5 or a 0.4 in the finals. Hopefully, it’s the latter. :mrgreen:

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