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.

  • Tim


    Defiantly or definitely? I admit I can be pretty defiant. :-P

    I’m not propping one show or another, quite honestly, there are very few shows that I care about whether they get canceled or renewed. I just know what my viewing habits are, and those of my friends. And I actually think someday within our lifetimes, the broadcast model is going to go bye-bye, replaced by channels of content creators posting on streaming services, a la “House of Cards”.

    I don’t think I’ve watched a non-sports or news program as it aired since about 2006.

  • Rick

    What’s up with the posters who LOL at a show’s low ratings?

    Is your life really that empty? I’ll never understand how one’s happiness comes from low ratings or designating something as a “flop.”

    It’s not good when so many network dramas fail — not when we get reality food-tasting shows and Betty White hidden cam shows in their place.

  • Ted Craig

    @Richard Steven Hack

    Good point about fans going online. That’s why ABC could never grow a show out of Lost and why Talking Dead works for AMC.

  • 737

    i cant believe no one wathced cult i waited forever for that show / i hate every body who didnt watch it

  • DW

    outside of three programs , Tuesday looks like the new Friday. instead of moving everything to Friday , move it to Tuesday.

  • Tim

    @Rick: I couldn’t agree more. I’d rather watch an endless marathon of “Whitney” than watch one minute of brain-numbing reality TV.

    I think when future historians trace the downfall of Western Civilization, they will settle on the dawn of Reality TV as starting the moronification of the masses.

    Bread and circuses… bread and circuses. So sad.

  • Maximillian

    I called Cult. Right on the money.
    Nikita ain’t looking too bad now.

  • dale

    I’ve been bored silly by every single episode of The Mindy Project, yet I’ve kept watching it. I really must remember to stop doing that.

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted February 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    “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”

    OOOOOOHHHHHH!!! Good thinking, Big Brother! Outstanding observation! Why the hell didn’t I think of that?! She would fit in very nicely with the B- or C-movie crowd, even if her goal is to get on the A-list and STAY there…

    …Just don’t go to SYFY! Don’t even THINK about it! :-X

  • Oliver

    Tuesday? More like FLOPSDAY (guest starring NCIS and New Girl)

  • Anon

    So, in other words, “flop” is a FLOP?

  • John

    Since pretty much every show has premiered low this Spring, I’m wondering what’s going to happen when Grimm and Revolution return in March?! I love Grimm, and I was starting to like Revolution, but I don’t know what will happen with the ratings!

  • rose


    BATB and TCD are save

  • Ma

    NCIS & NCIS-LA are skewing very old, they are just as old as Vegas.

  • Patrick

    Oh! A little burn for CW. Emily Owens even performed better than Cult. BATB now has a lot of chance to be renewed

  • KevinSW

    This means…..Parenthood is Tuesday’s Nr. 1 10PM show this season, some performed better but none were s concistant….also the Go On-New Normal Drop…..is making Guys with Kids and Whitney combination look really good right now

  • leonard

    Retention (10pm)
    Smash 90%
    Vegas 55.6%
    Body of Proof 46.2%

  • CookyMonzta

    @Ma: And Idol is going to join that age group in a couple of years.

  • JeffT

    NBC should just run the season with Smash, just to see how low it can go. My wife loves it, but she can’t carry the show all by herself. :)

  • Ginger

    Fans of Heart of Dixie, Carrie Diaries, and Beauty & the Beast just let out a sigh of relief.

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