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.



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  • Mayans

    I loved Off Their Rockers! I hope their ratings go up during the season. The 0.3 rise for the 2nd episode might be a sign. NBC should continue with showing 2 episodes.

  • Mayans

    A lot of people thought Go On and The New Normal were repeats so I know for certain that their ratings will go up next week.

    I don’t know why certain people are bashing NBC when they’re still only behind CBS on the day.

  • Jerry

    That comedy battle between NBC, FOX, and ABC is the worst ever on television. The battle is probably more about who can score the lowest rating.

  • jake3988

    NBC’s, relative, powerhouse in Go On looks to have crash-landed back to Earth. Yikes.

  • sally

    i watch ncis and ncis l a on tuesday night, the rest of the shows stink

  • Hardline_Pro

    NCIS was so sad.

  • alffan

    I knew the two NBC comedies were lead-in dependent. Parenthood is a great show and has no business being on at 10pm.

    Honestly, NBC should order the full 22 next year and actually have it run behind the Voice like they will Revolution but at 9pm Tue. It runs without repeats. Voice has a large family audience and they can hold it and get out of this sitcom battle.

    BTW, Raising Hope seems to be getting closer in ratings to New Girl.

    This also showed that Happy Endings isn’t as bad as it is that the lead in sucks versus what the NBC shows had.

  • Shaun

    Parenthood WILL be renewed for next season and hopefully many more in the future. They give the show NO advertising, treat it like a red-headed step child and it still keeps bringing in the steady ratings. Hopefully NBC will be smart enough to give it a FULL season (22 episodes).

  • Jonathan

    Both Entertainment Weekly and Dish did not show Go On as ‘new’. However, I read the description and knew it was a new episode.

  • William

    Amazing how dominating CBS is on Tuesday. The race is for second.

  • Mika

    I’m sorry but I could have sworn both GO ON and The New Normal were repeats I even checked my IO guide to watch them and it didn’t say “NEW” and it quoted a repeated episode for both. Also the only shows I watch are these two Parenthood and Guys With Kids. If they did promos I didn’t see it not even on their FB which I liked. What the heck happened last night?!

  • steve burton

    The NCIS juggernaut returned and brutalized the competition as usual. Have to give props to Betty White though. Nearly 91 years young and she outpolled the rest of NBC’s offerings in total viewers and was just barely nipped by Parenthood in the demo for the 8:30 episode. That’s what I call staying power. It’s hard to imagine any young performer today working so productively and with the ability to continue drawing viewers at such an advanced age. White, whether you like her or not, has had a career spanning nearly the entire history of television. Amazingly, that career is still going strong some 60 years later. Kudos.

  • Cj morton

    Wow! Bad night all around! :(

  • awood

    It is a case of Go On being tied to a loser (New Normal). Folks are growing weary of watching Go On, flipping for a 1/2hr only to return to watch Parenthood. NBC keeps trying to push their political agenda in on the New Normal when it is nothing “new” or “normal” to their viewing audience. The storyline of Parenthood is much closer to normal for 99% of the world.

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