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.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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.

  • Shanna

    Poor Emily and PP they got burned…

  • Eddy Ryan

    WOAH for NCIS and LA!

    So the people who knew Go On and New Normal were going to seriously crash without The Voice were right all along.

    NBC should make a bold move here and try Whitney and Guys with Kids on Tuesdays. The competition is almost non-existent on this night and they might be able to really flourish. Somebody needs to program multi-cams on this night.

    Parenthood is consistent as hell.

  • BL

    Parenthood will be renewed definitely. I’ve said this since the season 4 premiere. The fact that it beat the New Normal and Go On proves that it doesn’t need a heavy lead-in to do well.

  • Zach

    Mindy coming second in her time slot is pretty good. A 1.5 really isn’t, but when you consider what all the other networks (bar CBS) were getting Mindy did good.

  • Data

    @rob: This is an hones question: Does it actually make you happy when shows fail and get bad ratings? I mean yeah, I’m glad when my favorites are doing well. But what do I care if a show that I obviously don’t watch (or like) fails or succeeds? What is it that excites you about that stuff so much?

  • Kat

    NCIS is a ratings juggernaut!! I have my fingers crossed it goes over 21 million. Last night’s episode was incredibly good and gut wrenching. If you haven’t watched it, you need to. It will leave you shocked

  • jimbo

    GO ON and TNN would motivate NBC consider Multicam block. I’m sorry GOON did poorly. So disappointed. NBC should push for Multicam block!! That could be the answer to your disaster!!

  • BL

    NCIS rebounded very well! I think CBS should test the waters for Blue Bloods or Elementary on Tuesdays. Vegas will certainly be cancelled, IMO.

  • Max

    LOL at those saying OFF THEIR ROCKERS is dirty cheap. How? Betty White can’t come cheap. And putting two episodes on a week shows that they ordered quite a lot but with these numbers, they should just pull it.

  • rob60990

    “I still do not understand this logic that a four month hiatus is going to kill a show. Is the Revolution audience really so fickle that they’re going to forget all about it in the space of a few months?”

    Me neither, especially since cable does this ALL the time.

  • RJ

    This whole ‘people didn’t know it was on’ is a terrible excuse. Is it on the Bingo Card? If not, please make it one of the top ones.

    Blue Bloods has been tried off of Fridays and it’s weak in the demo. It belongs on Friday nights.

  • tv_viewer

    I believe the lowest rated new episode of Go On that followed The Voice was a 2.1. Go On is still likely to be renewed because a 1.5 puts it on par with Parks and Recreation’s usual ratings.

    Parenthood proved once again it doesn’t depend on The Voice. NBC should renew Parenthood for another season.

    TBS may give Happy Endings the Cougar Town treatment.

    Apt 23 is a goner. The next time June plays the ghost of Christmas future, June should show Chloe a hungry cancellation bear.

  • Steph

    Yay for NCIS!

  • BL


    Thanks for letting me know that. :)

  • SVUnCI

    Why is everybody clamoring for Parenthood to get a full season next year, some shows don’t need a full season. In fact some shows (Revolution, Fringe, Revenge) probably shouldn’t have full seasons since the more episodes they have to more filler episodes they need. I actually think Parenthood is better this season than last since it has less episodes to tell it’s multiple stories.

    I think the only shows that should get full 22 or 24 episodes are comedies and the CSIs and Law & Order types since they don’t usually lose an audience the way a serialized show does and they also do better local and cable syndication than the soap operas/sci-fi shows.

  • Leondre

    Guys with Kids > The New Normal

  • BigBrotherFan


    Oh, well..They are paying Betty White and thats about it in terms of the budget. I don’t think her rate it too high, dude, look that show on TVland.

  • Alex

    Go on ratings bodes well for parks and recreation.

    Can’t see how.

    Parks & Rec’s biggest problem is the disaster that is NBC’s Thursday night. Go On can completely tank and it won’t change the fact that NBC desperately need to reset their Thursday night line-up which unfortunately includes Parks & Rec. At this stage I think NBC’s best (and perhaps only option) is to do a complete reset of Thursday next season with a line-up of completely new shows. Short of 1600 Penn magically hitting (which doesn’t seem especially likely) they don’t have anything anywhere near worthwhile bringing back.

    The question is do they build a new Thursday night around Michael J Fox or do they put him the cushy Tuesday night slot running out of The Voice results…

  • CenterGravity

    Good for the NCIS twins and Parenthood, okay for New Girl. Ouch for the NBC comedies and ABC!

  • TheFollowing

    Fox and NBC will battle head to head for 2nd place. :D

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