TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Smash' Premiere Crashes, 'NCIS' Wins Night, 'The Mindy Project' 'The Bachelor' & 'Hart of Dixie' Up

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February 6th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.8/7 2.3/6 1.9/5 1.7/5 1.2/3 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 2.1/6 1.8/6 1.5/5 0.8/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 16.092 6.956 3.995 4.007 4.969 1.465


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

On CBS,  NCIS scored a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating down 3 percent from last week’s 3.8. NCIS: Los Angeles earned a 3.1 among adults 18-49 even with last week. Vegas garnered a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating down 16 percent from last week’s 1.9.

On ABC, The Taste notched a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating up 13 percent from last week’s 1.6. A special Tuesday edition of The Bachelor earned a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 8 percent from last night’s 2.4.

On FOX, Raising Hope scored a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating down 6 percent from last week’s 1.7. A second episode at 8:30 earned a 1.5 among adults 18-49 rating down 6 percent from last week’s 1.6. New Girl garnered a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating down 4 percent from last week’s 2.6. The Mindy Project notched a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating up 12 percent from last week’s 1.7.

On NBC, Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special garnered a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 44 percent  from a 2.7 for the first 90th birthday special on Monday, January 18, 2012. The two hour season premiere of Smash scored a series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating down  a staggering 71 percent from a 3.8 for the series premiere on February 6, 2012 (following The Voice) and down 39 percent from a 1.8 for the first season finale on May 14. Your predictions were far, far too optimistic.

On the CW, Hart of Dixie earned a 0.6 among adults 18-49 up 20 percent from last week’s 0.5. The finale of Emily Owens M.D. scored a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

Broadcast primetime ratings for February 5, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.7/10 21.49
ABC The Taste 1.8/5 5.28
FOX Raising Hope 1.6/5 3.98
NBC Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special 1.5/4 5.97
CW Hart of Dixie 0.6/2 1.44
8:30 FOX Raising Hope 1.5/4 3.60
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.1/8 16.57
ABC The Bachelor (9-11PM) 2.6/7 7.79
FOX New Girl 2.5/7 4.81
NBC Smash (9-11PM) -Season Premiere 1.1/3 4.47
CW Emily Owens M.D. - Series Finale 0.4/1 1.49
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project 1.9/5 3.60
10:00 CBS Vegas 1.6/4 10.22

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," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/6.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
> were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and
> "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in
> metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People
> Meters.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4
> in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
> Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
> Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in
> metered-market households and a 0.2/2 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.

  • ateofi

    NCIS impressive again with total viewership over 20 million.

  • John

    Bye Smash! Dont let the door hit you on the way out.

  • Ultima

    @Mr Mumble
    This weeks numbers for NBC are very scary for us Community fans

    Where is your optimism? It has a pretty low bar to clear. And then you can gloat about how Community outdrew X, Y and Z despite airing against The Big Bang Theory! ;)

  • T

    NO SMASH :(

  • rob60990

    Community’s ratings have been bad for their entire run. Why would they be any different now? :D

  • zach

    Poor vegas my dad loves it. Maybe the viewers # can save it

  • Justin121

    Move aside, Floppers,

    Smash Crash has begun :D

  • Jon

    Surprised at the ratings rise for The Mindy Project. I’ll admit I haven’t watched it since the pilot, which in my opinion was one of the worst pilots for a new sitcom I had ever seen. Has the writing significantly improved? What’s the story here?

  • Phill

    holly shhttt smash!

  • Skylar James

    Crash definitely tanked this season!

  • Jon

    I know Vegas is doomed. I keep hoping some cable network out there will save it. Too bad it wasn’t on NBC it would be one of their highest rated dramas.

  • KJ Styles

    “Seriously America? Smash was great last night. A good revamp and was a lot better than Season 1. I hope it picks up because the show is much better than those ratings say.”

    I agree, Smash was very good. The only show on NBC worth a damn IMO. Hopefully The Voice being on Tuesdays in March will help it. I know it won’t be it’s direct lead in, but Go On and The New Normal’s ratings were low without the Voice too. If those shows pick up, then so should Smash.

  • April

    I watched but found the acting (Katharine McPhee) to be really awful. She has a beautiful singing voice but she should invest in acting lessons. Brutal. Last season for sure.

  • Ram510

    Well I guess Go On doesn’t look so bad now

  • smg77

    “Poor vegas my dad loves it. Maybe the viewers # can save it”

    Ask Harry’s Law fans how that worked out for them

  • Anon

    Now I understand why NBC is pimping the 2014 Winter Olympics a year ahead of schedule. ;)

  • networkman

    I gave Smash another try last night. I wanted to see if there were any improvements from last season. Smash is just not my cup of tea. I still have no interest in what is going on. In my opinion it is too pretentious. And it feels like three shows in one. It is disjointed. Katherine McPhee is horrible as an actress. And I didn’t enjoy any of the singing. I liked watching Debra Messing and also Megan Hilty deserves another vehicle. She has potential. But get rid of Katherine and her new roommate and also enough with Anjelica Houston. It is lame.

  • DW

    i’m not hating , i’m just stating the facts. raising hope is gone at the end of the season. it’s lost half of it’s ratings since last season. it can barely place 3rd. its a goner. this comedy block is going to be chopped up. new girl will say on , they’ll replace the 8 pm block with a drama and give the 930 to seth McFarland’s new show.

  • Justin121

    NBC just can’t catch a break

    Do No Harm
    GO ON
    New Normal

    Not to mention the Wednesday and Thursday blocks.

    Are all big fat flops, after a victorious Fall finishing #1 week after week.

  • Winning C.


    ABC deserves a lot of credit for putting The Bachelor there to kill Smash. Cold-blooded move there, I guess if NBC is going to kill Nashville with Chicago Fire they should do the same to their darling show Smash. LOL!

    We got backup a little bit now because NBC won’t cancel all three of their struggling 10pm dramas Smash, Deception, and Do No Harm they’re going to end up keeping something. I feel like the unproven ones Deception and Do No Harm deserve a chance behind The Voice. I would actually recommend them boosting up Deception and just reviving ER for 2014 which would be the medical substitute for Do No Harm. Most of the medical genre is on a losing streak right now. Gonna be interesting though no doubt. NBC needs to keep SVU for another couple of years because they’re nowhere near ready to move on without it yet. SVU is one of the main reasons why Chicago Fire is not cancelled at this point, they protected that timeslot really good.

    Next week’s numbers for Smash are going to be even worse when TNN returns. I’m hoping NBC moves Whitney and Up All Night to Tuesdays in April, they should put Whitney on hiatus for that whole month of March.

    FOX what’s new? Embarrassing shows embarrassing numbers, FOX should either move X Factor to Tuesdays or build this night around The Following. At least on the positive side New Girl is upticking in viewership.

    Still not quite sure exactly why The CW cancelled Emily Owens, usually their decisions come into play on whose making money overseas for them but that seems to not be the case. Either way Cult needs needs to have better numbers than Hart of Dixie in a couple of weeks.

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