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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  • Holly

    @David Howell,

    I wouldn’t be shocked if Parenthood was very close to being the #1 scripted show on NBC this spring in 18-49.

    Do you expect Parenthood to suddenly grow a lot or expect Revolution to fall dramatically?

  • boogke

    Where are all the Whitney haters suddenly? Its besting most of NBC’s other comedies with no lead in.

    And I know they’d say it was up against no competition last week, but lets face it, last nights competition was weak as well. Go On /TNN tanked without The Voice. Whitney lives!

  • Petar Ivanov

    To be fair with Go on most new hit shows need good lead-in at least 2 if not 3 seasons these days to grow properly. Even 2BG wich was beast last season fall a lot with Partners lead-in and is 1 point better with TBBT RERUN as lead-in. No to mention new girl wich is dead with ben and kate lead-in. ANd New girl was second best new show last year, Person of Interest with good lead-in hit new series high and all season is UP from last season. This was third best show. So as you see for new shows NOW lead-in is very important.

    New normal was already dead with 1.5 before.

  • Laura

    Emily Owens goodbye! ????

  • don juan

    no surprise to anyone that go on and the new normal fell without the voice but never did i think they would fall so much and so fast.

  • Nathaniel M.

    @ Mr Mumble

    Oh, I missed that show. I used to love it and NBC. Now it is just sad. However, Outsourced is way better rating than The New Normal and it failed because of the changes. I am not sure why you compare to that.


    I hope whitney and GWK can stay. I mean the rating are bad all the time, it can easily go back and remain highly chance for cancellation. I kind of love both show instead of other NBC comedies, I mean with the other non-cancelled/ final season comedies.

  • Joe

    YIKES at Go On. It could fall below Happy Endings with those numbers..

  • Rebecca

    A DeLorean car AND Christopher Lloyd on RH last night! hehe Fantastic. Also enjoyed Go On and Cougar Town so far…still need to watch the other Fox and ABC comedies online.

  • Michael

    @Mark…Actually, Go On is a failure without the Voice as a lead-in. The New Normal retained most of Go on’s target demo.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @I wouldn’t be shocked if Parenthood was very close to being the #1 scripted show on NBC this spring in 18-49

    So you don’t count Revolution, chicago fire and Grimm like scripted, aren’t you……

    ps I have nothing against Parenthood, but its just not real.

  • Ricky

    @Alex: Okay, they weren’t doing well before hiatus either, but my point is that putting a serialized show on hiatus like that is widely considered a death sentence on broadcast TV. Plunging ratings may have contributed to the networks’ decisions to put the shows aside for a while, but perhaps they would have been better suited to a gap of only 6-8 weeks (during which time they could have aired regular, in-order reruns to allow late party guests an opportunity to catch up.) Not for three months, by which time even the fans may have forgotten what the hell was going on. (It’s the one thing I really don’t like about certain cable shows, like Falling Skies and – to a lesser extent – The Walking Dead.)

    I’ve also found some numbers for Jericho: 3.4 premiere, and by the time of its second season premiere (which it was lucky to get) it fell to 2.5. Doesn’t sound like much, but remember, this was 6-7 years ago, where average ratings tended to be higher on everything, so it had much less margin for error.

    RVN started at 4.1, and its tenth episode was 2.9 (up from a 2.6 the previous week). Time will tell, of course, but based on past experience some of us are rightly very worried that the ratings (and quite possibly the show) won’t stay strong after the hiatus.

  • NY

    NCIS hit Season highs in total viewership. Someone knows the half hours ?

  • jimmers

    YEYA for Happy Endings!!!!

  • Eddy Ryan

    “Where are all the Whitney haters suddenly? Its besting most of NBC’s other comedies with no lead in.

    And I know they’d say it was up against no competition last week, but lets face it, last nights competition was weak as well. Go On /TNN tanked without The Voice. Whitney lives!”
    I would like to know also where they went, ever since that rating it got last week haven’t heard from them really. I think Whitney would have no problem adapting over to Tuesday nights, it might even do better since Off Their Rockers is the lead-in.

    “Come on NBC!! Guys with kids and another family multi am like Up all night would succeed on Tues. Please change schedule immediately!!
    I know NBC has give so much work on Perry’s show..but it doesn’t work.
    Or bring Monica and Chandler back!! And produce sitcom called Monica and chandler. They have lived with their adopted twins!!”
    I’m wondering if that’s in NBC’s plans to put Guys with Kids and Up All Night together next season especially since Up All Night is a multi-cam now.

    Matthew Perry needs to abandon Go On, and they need to bring back a new version of Friends in some capacity, a Monica and Chandler show would be an instant hit that NBC needs.

  • moraliste

    Something I know they are aware of on this site but don’t mention much is that affluent 18-49 viewers count6 more with advertisers than the other kind. CNN for example I beleieve still charges rates as high or higher than Fox news. If ad rates charged by networks for shows was as common knowlege as the demographic subdivisions have comke to be, partly because of this very web site, we would have more light and less heat in discussions about the #1 show.

  • Petar Ivanov


    My general rule is if you want to know is one show developing its own fanbase always look at DVR numners. For example Mob dictor premiere was with 0.2-0.3 DVR numbers and i was sure that will collapse. If interest is not there on DVR won’t be there and live. I always argue with people blaming DVR for networks dropping ratings. If people watch the show on DVR next week they can watch it live if episode is good. If no one is watching on DVR show will only go down and down and down. For example best hit shows are always in top 5 on DVR.(max top 10 if all shows are originals) For me 7+ DVR data every Monday or tuesday on TV by the numbers is most important data i watch. From there you can see how is the interest of the show going down or Up. That is why when i saw bad DVR for Go on and new normal was sure that will get hit hard later on.

  • Holly


    Okay, they weren’t doing well before hiatus either, but my point is that putting a serialized show on hiatus like that is widely considered a death sentence on broadcast TV.

    We all know fans love to claim this, but as Alex demonstrated, that claim has no basis in fact

  • Mr Mumble

    Okay, I’ll take the roll of the “Whitney” hater… you “Whitney” fans are seriously thinking that a single weeks ratings – when people were desperate for any new broadcast TV, when everyone else was showing repeats – is going to save your show? No!

    Tomorrow Whitney and GWK will be back to their sorry pre-holiday ratings. Have the chances of Whitney being renewed increased? Not really, there was an expectation that Go On and The New Normal would get a big whooping from not being in the slipstream of “The Voice”. “Go On” is still ahead in the pecking order since NBC will want to renew one of its new comedies!

    @Nathaniel M,

    Outsourced was the no.2 comedy on NBC during its opening half-season because of friendly scheduling. As soon as mid-season came and Outsourced’s scheduling was more difficult the ratings tanked and NBC cancelled the show in May.

    Now replace “Outsourced” with “The New Normal” in the above paragraph :)

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Petar Ivanov
    ps I have nothing against Parenthood, but its just not real.

    ULTIMA is not here to catch me but speaking for real i must be honest and say that ncis look more and more sure thing for CBS and broadcast #1 drama. Good job ncis. POI will fight for second place. Expext new series highs thursday – facebook page is on all time high 37 000 talked after last episode. And expect at least one more series high when Jonathan Nolan will make his debut as director on Person of Interest episode “Relevance” – February 21, 2013. This will be Sarah Shahi first episode too. CBS can make one hour TBBT as lead in for this PoI major episode. Next week will be 1 hour TAHM. They already do that om monday block with one hour 2BG. And CBS must advertise Nolan debut and episode “Relevance” like crazy. From now i can say this will take Emmy and golden globe nomination.

  • Alex

    Okay, they weren’t doing well before hiatus either, but my point is that putting a serialized show on hiatus like that is widely considered a death sentence on broadcast TV.

    With absolutely no evidence to support it.

    Here’s something to consider Parenthood finished its third season in February and didn’t begin its fourth season until September. That’s a break of more than six months. It ended season 3 with a 1.9 and started season 4 with a 1.9. Are you telling me that Parenthood can survive a 6 month break without any drop off in its audience but Revolution is going to collapse after four months? And what happens if Parenthood gets a fifth season? It’ll finish its run this year at the end of January and won’t be back until at least September which is a good 7+ months off the air. Not to mention the fact that Revolution will still have the lead-in support of NBC’s biggest show and will no doubt be promoted to high heaven (along with the return of The Voice) primarily because NBC’s midseason will probably be so bad by that point that they’ll desperately need both shows to spike a number upon return.

    Here’s another thing to consider American Idol runs from January – May which means that it has more than a 7 month hiatus every year. Are we suggesting that Idol’s ratings are going to crash and burn because audiences will never remember its on after 7 months off the air? And if you want to talk long gaps lets take a look at Smash. When its second season begins it’ll have been off the air for around 9 months so in the grand scheme of things Revolution is getting off pretty easy with a 4 month hiatus.

    Personally I tend to agree with NBC on this one. A long hiatus is only a problem for a show that isn’t very good. If people like the show they’ll come back after four months without issue. I also tend to agree that airing a run of all original episodes is much more preferable to airing a couple of originals followed by repeats followed by originals followed by repeats followed by originals.

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