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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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Babygate

    @Bill Gorman

    Maybe because there are more women then men?
    I would be happy to change my position if there were numbers I could see. But ratings are always just represented by viewers and 18-49 demo. No breakdown between male and female.

  • Babygate


    I have never implied that Fox’s entire fall was due to changing Glee. I can’t comment on that because I’m not a bit Fox fan. I only watch Glee and Touch. But the move to Thursdays did hurt the show itself. They moved it against Grey’s Anatomy and both shows share viewers and both shows are down. Yes, viewers in general are down but now Glee/Grey’s viewers are split on what to watch.

  • Tony ^_^

    “New Girl” was a hit in season 1…

    It’s ratings are low but it does better than other Monday-Friday scripted FOX shows so as long as it stays in the air for a long time I’m happy! ^_^

    And with DVR it goes up higher than “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons” (don’t know about “Glee”) but yeah. :D

  • Oliver

    Go On is a terrible, terrible show and I hope it gets found out and its ratings follow the trajectory of Up All Night last season.

    Still, it shows the power of a strong lead-in to launch new shows. NBC were fools to give 30 Rock/Parks and Recreation the post-Office slot for so long. Of course, putting Whitney in that timeslot was just as stupid.

  • poweranimals


    I meant quality wise, not in terms of ratings. Not sure why you mentioned BatB though. That’s been doing slightly better.

  • Rebecca

    @Old Man
    Can’t remember which boxed set we got (and we have more than one), since it has been two or three years now and we have all the holiday discs at the front of the big multiple disc storage case…but we’ve got: the original Rudolph (poor little abused reindeer), Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town, Rudolph & Frosty’s Christmas in July, Frosty the Snowman, Frosty Returns, Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, The Little Drummer Boy, Cricket on the Hearth (on same disc as Rudolph), Twas the Night Before Christmas (with the broken city clock, my favorite), The Year Without a Santa Claus….plus some Dreamworks and Disney Christmas ‘toons, and Charlie Brown Christmas. You name it, we’ve probably got it. Phineas & Ferb’s Christmas show is good, too.

  • Rebecca

    @Old Man
    Oh, and Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol is a bonus on one of the discs but my kiddo hasn’t watched that one yet. She prefers Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

  • Kourt

    These numbers for ABC make Castle look really good.

  • Fan

    Without the voice go on will not survive

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Babygate, “I would be happy to change my position if there were numbers I could see. “

    These numbers are from several seasons ago, but the overall point is the same:


    “Maybe because there are more women then men?”

    The difference in the male (63.98m) and female (66.54m) adults 18-49 US TV population is small and would explain only a very tiny amount of the ratings differences. Men just don’t watch as much broadcast primetime scripted shows as women do.

  • Babygate

    Feel free to disagree.
    CBS objectifying women? Let’s see, Victoria’s Secret, Two Broke Girls, Two and Half Men? And those are the only ones I’ve seen. Not to mention that they don’t think enough of women to create more female-fronted shows. They had Unforgettable and cancelled it in no time. Made for Jersey was horribly done and shoved to a Friday slot.
    Female isn’t a demo? Tell that to the ad buyers who specifically target men, women, kids, young women, etc. I’m not conducting an ethnographic study. We’re talking tv audience.
    You are kind of making my point on NBC. Harry’s Law attracted Kathy Bates fans, not exactly a young demo. And I didn’t imply that NBC wins in viewers. Their scripted programming by an large gets horrible ratings. The ones that break that mold come at the heels of reality TV. And NBC and its sister MSNBC are the poster child for liberal advocacy. They take a very active part in election cycles and garner a lot of attention by ridiculing conservative politicians. See, you focused on the ‘young’ part and I said, ‘young liberals’. BTW, I watched half of the very first episode of Harry’s Law until Kathy Bates made a reference to Rush Limbaugh being the head of the Republican party, which had nothing to do with the plot, and that’s the last I watched. If you watch NBC shows you know how political they are. For example, the New Normal which is doing pretty well for them whereas Partners in CBS bombed. See? Different audience.
    And about Fox, are you implying that it only attracts females? Because I didn’t make an argument for gender. I only made a general comment about age.

  • Mike

    Was Mindy Project already scheduled for 22 episodes (meaning it was renewed to that point)?

  • CrimTV


    24 episodes for Mindy Project

  • CenterGravity

    @r0ckmypants: “Female” isn’t a demo.

    Wait, it isn’t?

  • The End


    Any network can refuse to air a show they’ve ordered, or in most cases shut down production of said show if they want too.

  • Dan

    I dont get ratings anymore. Why are so many good shows getting such terrible ratings this year? Are people just not watching tv anymore?

  • E.S.

    VSFS does well for CBS. It’s the only time of the year where they see young female audiences rise for them in that time slot. I still think the show is better suited for ABC and its demographic, and wouldn’t be surprised if they get in the bidding war when CBS’s contract with them is over.

    As for myself, I’m a man. I find VS to be highly overrated for what it is. Plus, the name is not “sexy,” per se.

  • Babygate

    @Bill Gorman
    Wow, I’ve tried to get your attention before with no luck. Guess all I had to do was disagree with you. :-)
    Thanks for the link. It is interesting reading indeed. But, you know that those numbers are only for the 18-49 demo? And thus not representative of the totality of TV viewership. For example, CBS also skews older than other networks, which is why shows like NCIS and Person of Interest which get more viewers than their competition are not big 18-49 winners. So those viewers outside of the 18-49 demo count, a lot, and they are not being taken into consideration. How would the male/female ratio look if overall viewership was included? But thanks for the info. I will bookmark it.

  • Edward

    All I want for Christmas is a pair of Victoria’s Secret models dressed as angels so we can get a threesome going like Three’s Company too.

    Go On would fail hard if it was on Wednesdays or Thursdays away from The Voice.

  • Babygate


    Wow, so no response? Only let Bill debate the points for you? Ok. I mean, it’s all a matter of opinion anyways but, duly noted…

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