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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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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  • Mary 1

    Ouch on those ratings for NBC comedies. Go On was more lead dependent than I thought. TNN dropped as expected( I think they once had a low of 1.5) but Go On seemed to have really dropped more. I don’t remember if Go ON has ever been below a 1.9 before. Too bad as I like both shows.

  • jimbo

    If Guys with kids and Whitney were put on the air on Tues, I think they would do better and it also boost Parenthood as well. Similar viewers. Go on-TNN-Parenthood are just crappy lineup

  • Ricky

    @Alex: For serialized high-concept shows on broadcast TV, months-long hiatuses very commonly lead to disastrous ratings crashes. Examples: Jericho, FlashForward, V, The Event. All of these had hiatuses of only about three months or so. RVN will be sentenced to four months off the air, so any ratings crash it may suffer will likely be compounded.

    Then again, keeping RVN after The Voice will probably alleviate this. And, of course, RVN has a long way to fall before it can possibly end up in cancellation territory. It hasn’t suffered too badly, especially compared to the Smash Crash some of us were hoping for last spring (and got in some abbreviated form, but not enough to merit cancellation.)

  • Chris

    I think this also proves that ABC could put new episodes of The Middle and Modern Family anywhere and they would perform fine.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @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!!

    OR they can try what WORKS this year on their network – drama and reality. NBC comedies are in bad shape. Go on take best spot but was always around 2.0. NN even worse. Hannibal, Chicago fire and even they can mobe Grimm from friday. Revolution on that spot will be around 4.0. Now on Monday with 2.0 DVR is 5.0 demo. Or NBC can move two cycles TBL and take 2 hours on tuesdat after the voice. 9 pm on tuesday is great slot right now NCIS LA is down(even with NCIS lead-in) NG is drop so much and abc are awful. NBC can easy take tuesdays like Mondays if they put the right shows here. Deception was perfect fit after Parenthood on 10 pm. Not for Monday 10 pm. Couple of NBC mistakes in shudle is what i see here.

    ps And NBC air friends the best sitcom of all time. Now their commedies are the office go on 30 rock, 1600 pan, New normal, down all night, witney, animal practice etc…………………. JUST SAYING.

  • Dan S

    I don’t watch Go On or TNN but I thought it odd they were listed as repeats yesterday so I definitely understand the confusion. Next week will likely be a better indicator if they can hold their own without The Voice. I can’t believe how badly Fox comedies are doing on Tues & they definitely need to revamp that night ASAP.

  • Chris

    @Eddie Ryan Putting Whitney and Guys With Kids on Tuesdays wouldn’t be a bold move, it would be a suicidal move. A bold move for NBC would be putting Whitney and Guys With Kids on Thursday but NBC won’t do it because they’re not a bold network.

  • rob60990

    I cannot stand when people use Flash Forward, The Event, & V as examples when all 3 didn’t return much worse than before they went on hiatus. Flash Forwards last episode before the hiatus was a 2.1 and it returned to a 1.9, V had a 3.1 before its break and returned to a 2.8. Too lazy to look up The Event but I think it only had a 1.9 before its hiatus so it was a failure before it went on break.

  • Petar Ivanov

    I guess NBC will premiere with AT LEAST 2 weeks with 2 hours the voice on Monday and tuesday.

  • I LOVE TV!

    FOX killed New Girl

  • chrisss

    @ Ricky

    Weren’t those shows already failing in the ratings before they went on hiatus?

  • Winning C

    Huge night for NCIS as I saw the commercials during the game on Sunday and I had a feeling then the show would get a season-high in viewership. These have to be among the biggest numbers that LA has gotten. Too bad Vegas squandered most of that huge lead-in like that though this would’ve been the night to premiere Golden Boy.

    NBC this past week has been able to see all of their strengths and weaknesses. Off Their Rockers was solid but I expected way more than that but that’s nowhere near a problem for them. The problem is Go On and New Normal, I think most people knew that both shows would fail miserably without The Voice but Go On is a bit of a surprise at how low it scored, I thought its ratings would be more identical to Off Their Rockers especially in the demo. New Normal was DOA even when it had The Voice in front. This is a tricky situation for NBC because they really don’t have any powerful single-cams so they might just keep Go On even though they need to let it go. New Normal needs to just go but I made this suggestion before though if Up All Night does decently in changing formats maybe NBC can do the same for New Normal.

    A couple of people brought it up on different sites that Whitney and Guys with Kids should move to Tuesdays because they’re going to get crushed again when Idol starts then Survivor comes. NBC needs to see which night is better for their multi-cams future Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Tuesdays seem wide open competition wise.

    Parenthood looks like a lock for renewal its numbers have been impressive this season in how consistent its been no matter what the lead-in is.

    FOX and ABC just DOA as usual nothing new.

    Kind of interesting that Emily Owens went up after HoD, I think the network should’ve held onto it but something about the show was a throwaway from the get go as the promotion for it was almost non-existent for a new fall show, Arrow and Beauty and the Beast was getting all of the promotion time. Even Carrie Diaries is getting more promotion time right now that EO. Usually The CW cancels shows not making money overseas but something tells me that wasn’t the case they were ready to get rid of it before the season started.

  • jimbo

    Just drop TNN. And reconsider Guys with kids and other multicams. As a rare fan of NBC, I really want to see NBC rise above the other channels with decent comedies. Sing~cam proves it doesn’t work. So please multi_cam block!!

  • Michelle

    @Alex I feel like scheduling Michael J. Fox on Thursdays is too big of a risk. NBC wants and needs that show to succeed, so it seems logical to give it a cushy slot after The Voice.

    I agree Thursdays are a mess, but fixing it is easier said than done. They could try a complete re-set, but even if they’ve got some good, buzzy new shows, going up against CBS is going to be tough. The reason I think Parks and Rec and Community might be back, if only for shortened seasons, is that NBC has to air something from 8-9pm. Anything new is going to fail vs. TBBT, so might as well air shows that have small, but loyal audiences.

  • RG-X

    The New Normal is crap – not funny – its’ lame. The viewers that wanted it to be funny have given up because they are finally realizing it’s a crappy show.

    Parenthood did well :) … considering the crappy lead in by the crappy show New Normal – which was also a new episode.

    And just to be clear; The New Normal is not funny. Oh, did I say that already?

  • Petar Ivanov

    @If Guys with kids and Whitney were put on the air on Tues, I think they would do better and it also boost Parenthood as well. Similar viewers. Go on-TNN-Parenthood are just crappy lineup

    Its the same thing my friend. NBC must find 1 hour long or even 2 hour show. THis 30 minutes comedies are so many and so HARD to promote. Even CBS is fear to promote more than 2 new comedies for season. CBS have 6 sitcoms. NBC and ABC go with 8 and at least 2 flop hard. Its one thing to promote hour long show or 2 hours its other game to promote 6 different 30 minutes shows.

  • TVDude

    It looks to me that the lack of The Voice had minimal impact on the other networks as none of them seemed to have a dramatic increase.

    Parenthood has once again proved why it will be renewed. Going from The New Normal’s 1.3 all the way to a 1.9 is impressive. It has a dedicated audience.

    As for Go On and The New Normal, without The Voice, they’re no better off than Wednesday’s Whitney and Guys with Kids. I think a lot of us knew that already, but now we have evidence of it.

    The Office is definitely the strongest comedy on NBC right now despite another drop in viewers this season. I actually don’t think they made the right decision on dropping The Farm. Although it may have lost some viewers, I have trouble imagining it doing any worse than Go On’s 1.5. NBC executives don’t seem to know what is broad and what is narrow. Had they promoted the first couple seasons of Community behind a show like The Voice, their definition of broad might be different today.

  • RG-X

    The 8:30 Betty White beat the 8:00 Betty White?

  • John K.

    This site said Go On and The New Normal were in repeats last night (In the “Tonight In Prime Time” feature), and why didn’t you include them in the written portion? An obvious bias from the creators of this site.

  • Starship

    Wow at the Go On and New Normal drop, if this continues, they’ll be goners come May and Whitney will be getting a 3rd season.

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