TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers' Returns Down, 'NCIS', 'Happy Endings' & 'Parenthood' Up; 'Go On' & 'The New Normal' Hit Lows

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January 9th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/7 1.7/5 1.6/4 1.6/4 1.3/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.1/4 1.6/5 1.5/5 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 16.481 4.967 3.219 3.871 4.233 0.942


CBS was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, NCIS earned a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating up 6% from a 3.3 on December 18. NCIS: Los Angeles garnered a 3.0 among adults 18-49 even with its most recent episode on December 18. Vegas scored a 1.6 adults 18-49 matching its performance on December 18.

On NBC, the season premiere of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers garnered a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 16% from a 1.8 for its regular time period premiere on April 3 and down 46% from a 2.6 for its special January preview on January 16, 2012. A second episode at 8:30PM scored a 1.8 among adults 18-49. Go On hit a series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down38% from a 2.4 for its most recent episode on December 4. The New Normal also notched a series low with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 24% from a 1.7 on December 4.  Parenthood earned a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, up 6% from last week’s 1.8.

On FOX, Raising Hope scored a 1.7adults 18-49 even with its last original on December 11. Ben and Kate earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating up 9% from a 1.1 on December 4. New Girl garnered a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating even with its most recent new episode on December 11. The Mindy Project notched a 1.5 among adults 18-49 flat with its December 11 performance.

On ABC, Happy Endings earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating up 8% from a 1.3 on December 18. Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 scored a 1.1 among adults 18-49 even with its most recent episode on December 18. Private Practice garnered a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating down 8% from a 1.2 on December 18.

On the CW, Emily Owns M.D. earned a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating down 25% from last week’s 0.4.

Broadcast primetime ratings for January 8, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.5/10 20.87
ABC Modern Family - R 1.7/5 5.79
FOX Raising Hope 1.7/5 3.77
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers (season premiere) 1.5/4 5.66
CW Hart of Dixie - R 0.3/1 0.81
8:30 NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.8/5 6.14
ABC The Middle - R 1.5/4 4.82
FOX Ben And Kate 1.2/3 2.48
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.0/8 17.79
FOX New Girl 2.0/5 3.80
NBC Go On 1.5/4 4.25
ABC Happy Endings 1.4/4 3.75
CW Emily Owens M.D. 0.3/1 1.10
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project 1.5/4 2.83
NBC The New Normal 1.3/3 3.26
ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 1.1/3 3.18
10:00 NBC Parenthood 1.9/5 5.25
CBS Vegas 1.6/4 10.78
ABC Private Practice 1.1/3 3.93

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," 2.4/6; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.8/8. 
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
> were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and
> "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.0/5.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.8/6 in
> metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People
> Meters.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4
> in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
> Ferguson" (1.2/4). 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 0.7/3 in
> metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49
> in the 25 markets with local people meters.



Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Sab G

    RJ: “I believe Go On and The New Normal were listed as new on TV Guide and the schedule on the side of TVBTN.”

    As others have pointed out, no they weren’t. My question is if this was a more widespread problem than ‘just’ TVGuide.

  • Networkman

    Vegas retention from NCIS:LA looked even worse last night. This show is a goner. CBS should try a special episode of Hawaii Five-0 after NCIS:LA to see how it would perform. There was a drop of 7 million viewers. And Vegas has a strong lead in garnering over 3.0 demo and it is not even able to hit at least a 2.0. I’ve also heard many bad reviews. I feel viewers have tried the show and many have been disappointed. It is time to let it go.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “RJ: “I believe Go On and The New Normal were listed as new on TV Guide and the schedule on the side of TVBTN.”

    As others have pointed out, no they weren’t. My question is if this was a more widespread problem than ‘just’ TVGuide.”

    Our TV schedule grid/data comes from Tribune Media Services, and their data is quite widely used online. Not sure if it’s used in set top box guides though.

  • omabin

    I think NBC should trade one hour of comedy for one hour of drama next season. I am not sure which hour that should be though. The 9pm hour on tuesday leading out of the voice seems a good to launch new dramas, but considering they will probably use monday to launch a new drama as well, that would mean no support for comedies. thursdays at 9pm is also a possibility since the night will have to be rebuilt anyway. thrusdays at 8 i diagree as is suicidal, that should be a syndication sanctuary for NBC. I would go for wednesday at 8 since there is virtually no drama competition except for arrow.

  • Oliver

    Also, look how badly NBC did in 18-34. Parks and Community, which do very well in 18-34, are probably looking increasingly appealing to NBC.

  • omabin


    Where do you see those 18-34 ratings? I would like to see them.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Shows relying on a lead in for success is nothing new. For the final season of Friends, NBC paid more an episode than the commericial revenue brought it. This is because the rest of the Thursday night relies heavily on it. Like, Scrubs ratings lost half of the viewership after Friends was gone.

  • DeanW

    @ Bill

    Can you publish the Half hours for NCIS ?

  • Michelle

    @Omabin I don’t know if anyone publishes the 18-34 ratings, but this is from an NBC press release from late October.

    * From 9:31-10:01 p.m. ET, “Parks and Recreation” (1.7/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) retained 85 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from “The Office,” up from last week’s 71 percent retention. In adults 18-34, “Parks” retained 100 percent of its lead-in (with a 1.8 rating vs. a 1.8).
    * “Parks and Recreation” finished #1 in the half-hour among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in men 18-34.

    TVMoJoe sometimes tweets 18-34 data and I remember something about Parks & Rec nearly doubling 30 Rock’s 18-34 audience (at least for that one week.. not sure if that’s consistent).

  • moraliste

    @Fem Eagle: Yay, WHICH pervert show do you mean? Couldn’t that apply to more than half the new sitcoms on the air since CougarTown’s debut?

  • bluejoni

    Get rid of Vegas !!

  • Jan

    Weren’t Go On and New Normal repeats?

  • omabin

    Thanks Michelle. That is cool to know. I did not know that parks skewed that young.

  • chris

    @ jan

    No, they were both new.

  • CBSviewer

    Half hours for NCIS ?

  • T

    Didn’t even know Go On was new last night….

  • Nick

    I have to say, as a Parenthood fan, I’m smiling wide today. What a great “stick that up your ass” to NBC for giving this little show such little attention for the past 3 years. It was never destined to be a huge hit, but it’s devoted audience is keeping this show alive. It ended last season a year ago with a 1.9, premiered this season with a 1.9, and received 2 episodes before its season finale . . . a 1.9. That’s as steady as she goes.

    Not only did it build 0.6 from it’s lead-in, which in this day and huge is almost unheard of, it devoured the competition and won without even trying. NBC left it for dead last night and it came out shining once again. Maybe once Smash returns to mid to low 1’s in a few weeks, NBC will finally realize the gem they have in Parenthood.

    Meanwhile, while NBC’s comedies are beyond embarrassing all around (well, Betty White is doing perfectly fine for filler programming), they have actually been semi successful in the drama department this season. Parenthood has seen no erosion – actually, I believe it’s up in viewers this season, steady in the demo, and continues to add a lot in DVR viewing – and Revolution has been a steady performer for the 10pm hour, even with The Voice lead-in (whether it’s dependent on that, we’ll never know, but as long as it’s pulling in high 2’s, who cares?). Chicago Fire has kind of surged lately, and if it can stay high, NBC will have finally found a hit drama that actually certainly has its own audience. SVU has remained OK in a crowded timeslot, while Grimm is a bone fide Friday hit.

    Whatever they’re doing in the drama department, they have to keep it doing it and keep getting higher from here, because it’s working. They REALLY REALLY need to overhaul their comedies, however. Bring in the multi-cams for god sakes. That’s what works.

  • Mary 1

    Go On and TNN weren’t repeats but it must have been listed that way on some of the online TV guides as well on here as there were complaints about DVR not recording the shows.

    Some examples from TNN facebook: “DVR didn’t record it because it didn’t say new. So annoyed.”
    “Ugh my cable didn’t show it as new so it didn’t record! Ugh” and “crap – thanks Cox Cable Omaha – it wasn’t listed as a new episode! Hope it’s on demand!”

    Obviously there was some kind of glitch.

  • Luke

    Clearly the 9pm comedies are eating each other alive. There’s no way that Happy Endings, New Girl, Go On, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23, The New Normal and The Mindy Project can survive when they’re competing against each other.

  • Dave

    How biased is this website? Go On and The New Normal were both REPEATS. It said so on the TV listings.

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