TV Ratings Tuesday: 'NCIS' Down But Wins Night, 'New Girl', 'Smash' & 'Go On' Fall, 'Cult' & 'Body of Proof' Debut Low

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February 20th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/7 1.8/5 1.7/4 1.7/5 1.1/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.7/5 1.5/5 0.8/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 15.648 6.564 3.477 3.983 3.677 1.157


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

On CBS,  NCIS scored a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating down 5 percent from  a 3.7 two weeks ago. NCIS: Los Angeles earned a 2.7 down 13 percent from a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating two weeks ago. Vegas garnered a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating even with two weeks ago.

On ABC, The Taste notched a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating up 7 percent from last week’s 1.5. The Bachelor: Sean Tells All earned a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 4 percent from a 2.7 for the series last Tuesday episode two weeks ago. The season premiere of Body of Proof tied its series low with a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 45 percent from a its season premiere on September 20, 2011 and down 37 percent from a 1.9 for its season finale on April 10 and a 2.2 for

On FOX, Raising Hope scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 6 percent from a 1.6 two weeks ago. New Girl garnered a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating down 15 percent from a 2.6 two weeks ago. The Mindy Project notched a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating down 16 percent from a 1.9 two weeks ago.

On NBC, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers garnered a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 7 percent from a 1.4 on January 29. At 8:30, a second episode scored a 1.4, down 7 percent from a 1.5 on January 29. Go On garnered a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating down 15 percent from a 1.3 on January 29. The New Normal notched a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 9 percent from a 1.1 on January 29. Smash scored a series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating down 25 percent from a 1.2 for its season premiere two weeks ago.

On the CW, Hart of Dixie earned a 0.5 among adults 18-49 down 17 percent from a 0.6 two weeks ago. The premiere of Cult scored a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating, compared to a 0.4 for the Emily Owens series finale. Your predictions were far too optimistic.

Broadcast primetime ratings for February 19, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.5/10 20.93
ABC The Taste 1.6/5 4.89
FOX Raising Hope 1.5/5 3.70
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.3/4 4.65
CW Hart of Dixie 0.5/1 1.37
8:30 NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.4/4 4.69
FOX New Girl - R 1.3/3 2.82
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.7/7 16.34
ABC The Bachelor 2.6/7 8.14
FOX New Girl 2.2/6 4.36
NBC Go On 1.1/3 3.32
CW Cult - Series Premiere 0.3/1 0.94
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project 1.6/4 3.04
NBC The New Normal 1.0/2 2.83
10:00 CBS Vegas 1.5/4 9.67
ABC Body of Proof - Season Premiere 1.2/3 6.66
NBC Smash 0.9/2 3.29

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," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
> were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/4; "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 0.4/3 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" (0.4/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
> metered-market households 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.

  • Shepherd


    I’ll admit that I’m not at all familiar with C3 numbers, but a 1.7 C3 sounds pathetic.

  • Richard

    NBC should have held onto Smash and put it after the Voice. Would have helped it a bit.

  • CookyMonzta

    Even J-Hud can’t save ‘Smash’. You know they brought her in specifically for that purpose. Now two ‘Idol’ contenders will be looking for work elsewhere. The difference is, J-Hud will almost certainly find an acting role in another movie, but Kat PcPhee will be a big question mark. They tried to make Kat a star, but it seems that it’s about to fail in this aspect.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Don’t listen to the idiots saying HOD is gonna get canned. IT’S NOT. MARK MY WORDS. There is no way THE CW will cancel both their “FLUFF” “FUN” Girly stuff (TCD WILL GET CANNED). HOD IS JUST FINE. It’s one of the most consistant in the ratings and I admit, yes, I like it and I’m a guy.

    4 seasons for sure.

    I can never know if it’s a TRUE SERIAL COMEDY/DRAMA though? you could go a few weeks without watching it and still know whats going on. Not common with serial shows, though.

  • Mrs. Angela Lansbury

    @HalCapone, you can’t keep an old broad down! I am still living near Central Park in Manhattan. I come out to do a play every once in awhile, but mostly I sit at home browsing the internet and watching reruns of Masterpiece Theatre.

  • Sarah

    @Bill or Robert

    Any idea when Monday’s finals will be out?

  • panda22

    yup…they tried to push McPhee to be a star and the viewers didn’t buy it.

  • CookyMonzta

    @Richard: They put ‘Smash’ after ‘The Voice’ last year because they knew, right from the start, that it would have trouble standing on its own 2 feet. All that money they paid to promote it beforehand was a farce, and they tried to make Kat McPhee as big a star as J-Hud was in TV/film. NBC knew this show was in trouble when last season was over, and they got J-Hud to try to save it this time. No good. It reminded me of a gussied-up version of ‘Fame L.A.’ when I saw the pilot.

  • Renee

    People using the word FLOP. Here is a list of synonyms: fail, bomb, fold, close, crash, nose-dive, collapse, slump, fall down, droop, slacken, wilt, sag, flag.

    Feel free to use any of them. Be creative.

  • Shepherd


    “Is there anyone between the ages of 12-85 who actually watches a show when it’s on??? At what point, if ever, does DVRing and streaming via Hulu, etc. go into measuring a show’s success?

    Especially in the key 18-49 demographic… because I’m in that demo, and I don’t know ANYONE who actually watches a show as it airs.”

    WOW!! Three Bingo squares in one comment. You defiantly get the trophy today.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I’m sure McPhee will have a long life with straight to DVD flicks such as; “The House Bunny 2″, “SHARK NIGHT 3D 2″..etc etc

  • AJ

    NBC should have held onto Smash and put it after the Voice. Would have helped it a bit.

    I agree! Big mistake.

  • cm

    The 8:30 Off Their Rockers was a repeat.

  • eridapo

    @ Guardian Owl

    Negligible effect on the ratings…. Less than 1% of National TV market..


    If the show got 2.0 on 99% of the nation, the only way for those numbers to shift 1/10 would be if the show got a 10 in KC…

    10*.01= .1… If you assume that KC is like the rest of the country, chances are the shows would have rated the same or slightly off by a point or two..

    If it rated a 3.0 in KC, the show would only see an uptick of .03.

  • JacobYates

    CBS needs to move Vegas away from NCIS LA. I think that it’s dragging Vegas down. Vegas skews older audiences and a show like NCIS LA skews younger audiences. The shows don’t mix well, IMO.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I agree that debuting Cult after TVD would not have saved it. No way. First, all the TVD fans probably wouldn’t have abandoned their habit of going online after TVD airs, even for Matt Davis. And second, those fans probably wouldn’t have raised the ratings much. The show might have debuted at .5 under those conditions, then dropped to .3 in episode two based on how uninteresting it was.

    I also don’t think the early online airing mattered that much, although I could give that some credence. The problem with an early online airing is that probably a LOT of people didn’t like the show, and THAT word of mouth went around. Even if it had not aired early, again the likely ratings would only have raised a small amount, perhaps to .5, and again probably drop back to .3 in episode two.

    The premise just isn’t plausible, and the cast not compelling. It doesn’t even have the “romance” angle or history of Beauty and the Beast.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see it rise to .4 next week, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it drop to .2, either.

    In any case, it’s utterly doomed.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Oh sure that would of helped SMASH TONS..Cause it was doing such a great job holding on to the VOICE audience before.

  • Zach

    I love that everyone is blaming HOD for Cult’s failure. If it was really that great it wouldn’t need a lead in at all. I’m just glad shows like Cult, Emily Owens, and 90210 are around to make Hart of Dixie look like Hit of Dixie. Roll on season three.

  • Leondre

    Here’s an idea:

    March 26:
    8:00-The Voice
    9:00-Hannibal(2-hour premiere)

    April 2:
    8:00-The Voice recap show
    9:00-The Voice results show

    Moving the Voice to 9 would let it avoid Hell’s Kitchen and DST would have less of an effect on it at 9. Hannibal would have less competition on Tuesday at 10 and America’s Got Talent could serve as a lead-in in the summer.Go On and Smash could move to Thurs. at 9:30 and 10. The New Normal could be burned off at 8:30 and 9:30 on Tuesdays before The Voice Returns.

  • Sabrina

    HOD and Nikita will get renewed.

    But the bigger issue is that year to year CW’s viewership seems to be on the decline. Probably means their younger viewers are growing up and becoming disinterested in the teen fare and the new generation is not biting. TVD will start seeing lower demo’s next season as well I bet.

    On a bit of a random note…I really will be curious to see where Disney premieres Girl Meets World next year.

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