TV Ratings Tuesday: 'NCIS' & 'Go On' Rise; 'NCIS: Los Angeles' Falls + 'Hart of Dixie' Returns Flat

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January 16th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/7 1.7/5 1.7/5 1.5/4 1.2/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/4 1.6/5 1.3/4 1.6/5 0.9/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 16.957 4.129 4.801 3.113 3.701 1.219


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

On CBS, NCIS earned a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating up three tenths from last week's 3.5. NCIS: Los Angeles garnered a 2.7 among adults 18-49 down three tenths from last week's 3.0 rating. Vegas scored a 1.6 adults 18-49, even with last week.

On NBC, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers garnered a 1.4 at 8PM, down two tenths from last week's 1.6 Adults 18-49 rating. A second episode at 8:30 notched a 1.8, down a single tenth from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Go On earned a 1.7, up two tenths after last week's series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. The New Normal was even with last week's series low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Parenthood earned a x from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Raising Hope scored a 1.6, down a tenth from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Ben and Kate earned a 1.1, also down a tenth from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. New Girl garnered a 1.9, down a tenth from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Mindy Project was even with last week's 1.5 among adults 18-49.

On ABC, Happy Endings earned a 1.3, down a tenth from last Tuesday's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 was flat with  last Tuesday's 1.1 among adults 18-49 Private Practice garnered a 1.2, up a tenth from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Hart of Dixie was even with its last original's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating. Emily Owns M.D. was also flat with last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for January 15, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NCIS 3.8 11 22.34
ABC Modern Family -R 1.6 5 5.18
FOX Raising Hope 1.6 5 3.72
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.4 4 5.38
CW Hart of Dixie 0.6 2 1.41
8:30PM NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.8 5 5.92
FOX Ben and Kate 1.1 3 2.32
ABC Suburgatory -R 1.0 3 3.18
9:00PM CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.7 7 17.48
FOX New Girl 1.9 5 3.63
NBC Go On 1.7 4 4.36
ABC Happy Endings 1.3 3 3.06
CW Emily Owens MD 0.3 1 1.02
9:30PM FOX The Mindy Project 1.5 4 2.79
NBC The New Normal 1.3 3 3.24
ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 1.1 3 2.71
10:00PM NBC Parenthood 1.9 5 4.95
CBS Vegas 1.6 4 11.05
ABC Private Practice 1.2 3 4.04

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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David

Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5. Versus the

prior Tuesday, "Tonight" is up 8 percent (2.6 vs. 2.4), "Late Show" is

down 4 percent (2.6 vs. 2.7) and "Kimmel" is down 29 percent (2.0 vs.



* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results

were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and

"Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.


* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in

metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People

Meters. Versus the prior Tuesday, "Nightline" was down 33 percent in

metered-market households (1.2 vs. 1.8).


* Tuesday season averages prior to ABC's January 8 schedule change

were: in metered-market households, "Tonight," 2.7 rating, 7 share;

"Late Show," 2.6/7; "Nightline," 3.1/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live,"

1.7/5. In the Local People Meters, 18-49 season averages were:

"Tonight," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; "Jimmy

Kimmel Live," 0.6/3. Versus the prior Tuesday, Jimmy Fallon was up 17

percent in metered-market households (1.4 vs. 1.2) and "Late Late

Show" was flat (1.2 vs. 1.2).


* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5

in metered-market households) beat 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" (0.3/2).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in

metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49

in the 25 markets with local people meters. Versus the prior Tuesday,

Carson Daly was up 14 percent in metered-market households (0.8 vs.




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.

  • enes

    Gooo Hart of Dixie very good rating, this shows how bad The Carrie Diaries did !!!

  • Abc123


    Half hours have nothing to do with final numbers… the prelim 18-49 is the average of the half hours. finals use totally different data

  • NJeagle

    Finally got around to checking out Parenthood last night, after reading the many posts here about how amazing it is. In short, I was not amazed. More reminiscent of daytime soap than anything else. A chacun son gout.

  • outlawz

    more ppl watch cbs at 8 than all the other 4 network combine lol cbs killing them

  • Fakeem

    So it took less than a week for Kimmel to fail. He wasn’t funny after Nightline, so why would he be funny before?
    My guess is that ABC is willing to put up with lower ratings in hopes of recouping the lost ad revenue by having more young people watching at the earlier time.

  • Terry

    Come on Vegas more people need to watch it!!

  • Joseph

    Univision tied for number-one in the 18-34 demo and tied for second in the 18-49 demo last night (January 15th).

    Univision’s rise in key demos has to be the story thus far of the 2012/2013 TV season.

    Within a couple of years, Univision may win the entire season in the 18-34 demo among broadcast networks, and may dot he same in the 18-49 demo within seven or eight years.

    In areas with rapidly-growing Hispanic populations that don’t have a Univision affiliate, I wouldn’t be surprised if within a few years, some English-language stations “go Spanish” and flip to Univision.

  • ILoveSitcoms

    I’ll admit when I’m wrong. Go On’s ratings obviously were helped greatly by The Voice lead-in.

    I’m just learning about the impact of the lead-in on the next show’s viewers. Does a viewer leaving a station on for 2 minutes into the next half hour count them as a viewer for that half hour? If so, that’s crazy because obviously the viewer hasn’t watched any of the advertisers’ commercials which is the entire reason behind ratings. Otherwise, does this mean that millions of viewers stay on a station and continue to watch its next program just because it’s too much effort to push a button on their remote control?

  • Bob

    Only on TVbytheNumbers would people criticize a 10 year old show with a 3.8 rating and over 22 million viewers. I find some people absolutely insane trying to say that the show is weak when their show has a 1.3 with 4 million people watching….Absolutely SICK! I don’t know what is wrong with people and their crazy views. Must be the water. Every Network would KILL for CBS numbers! It is the ONLY network that is successful without relying on Football and Reality crap. NBC is completely pitiful and so is Fox….ABC needs some help, but CBS is really the network to emulate. The rest suck and I wonder if they even make any money.

  • Joe D

    @Peter & rob60990

    My bad, Yes, SOTU address is Feb 12. Not sure if it will effect Smash as SOTU starts at 9pm ET and some nets air regullar scheduled show at 8 but definately preempts 9 & 10 pm.

  • Cj morton

    So pretty much NCIS is a beast, and dominates Tuesday. In a comedy filled night, there are a whole whack of 1. something’s . Such a shame, some of them are really good! Come on, Go On, step up!!

  • Ryan Schwartz

    At this point, I wouldn’t be shocked if the only returning comedies from the 9pm hour are “Go On” and “New Girl.” “New Normal” maybe, but NBC will likely leave it to fend for itself on Thursdays, while they might pair “Go On” with the new Michael J. Fox series.

  • JulieDawn


    From what I understand, a Nielsen Family has to press some kind of button or do something at regular intervals to register what they are watching…and theirs are the only ratings that count.
    Therefore, any other general viewer just being a couple of minutes late to change a channel isn’t going to affect ratings. Whether or not a Nielson viewer doing that would have any effect, I don’t know.

  • eridapo


    Have been around this site to know what causes adjustments (pre-emptions, programs running over, or errors in data).

    Finals uses the same data, but it has been “scrubbed” by Nielsen to adjust for errors.

  • eridapo

    @ Juliedawn

    The Neilsen People Meters measures and monitors every single minute you watch television. Each minute is rated, but this information is provided only to paying customers of Nielsen. Also for Demographic information, each person in the HH is provided with a unique ID and Remote. Each person enters their ID whenever they turn the TV on, and once it is on every 15 or so minutes the NPM prompts the person to press a button in their assigned remotes. The button lets the NPM know that the person in watching and paying attention to what is airing. If the button is not press, the NPM assumes the person in not watching and reports that to Nielsen…

    You are correct in the sense that if you aren’t a Nielsen member, it doesn’t really matter if you are a couple of minutes late. It does matter if you are a Nielsen member. Just think of it this way… roughly 19750 people between the ages of 18-49 make up the Nielsen sample for the 126.50 Million Americans between the ages of 18-49. All it takes for your show to lose a tenth of a point in the demos is for roughly 19 people to forget to press a button… Better yet for this sites purposes… if your show really averaged a 1.949 for the night, imagine if one of those people had not taken the time to go do something else during the Nielsen prompt. Had the person been there, the show would have gained 2/100s of a point and rated a 1.951 for the night. In the dailies, however, it would have been reported as a 2.0 instead of a 1.9. LOL.

  • eridapo


    For reporting purposes, each minute is rated. If there were 59 minutes in a program, the rating for each of the 59 minutes is added and divided by the length of the program (59 minutes). If you fast forward, you get no ratings credit for the portion you skip.

    The reports for the half hours just takes the ratings for the first 30 minutes and then a separate rating is generated for the other 30 minutes…

    With regards to NCIS and my comment, the audience of NCIS was unchanged from the first half to the second half hour. There was not net influx or out flux of viewers, so in the absence of errors the rating should stay the same….

  • Nick

    Why the hell would NBC pull Off their rockers. They get amazing rating and viewership especially for NBC. It’s a funny prank show that many people love to watch.

  • targetviewer

    TNN’s got to go. There’s nothing “new” about how “normal” it is. Just a sitcom waiting for it’s “com” to ring true, and it never has. And never will.

  • Sam

    @targetviewer You couldn’t be more wrong. But go ahead an live in your little cave if you want to. Meanwhile, the world keeps progressing.

  • Dan

    The return of HoD has shown that it has a very loyal fanbase and practically since it premiered last year had to fend on its own. BatB is in a lot of trouble. Only if The Carrie Diaries continues to bomb and Cult fails will it have a shot at renewal. Even then it is a long shot.

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