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.

  • Dan

    The Secret Circle wasn’t a hit, its good ratings were a result of airing behind Vampire Diaries but the show didn’t hold its audience as well as HOD help on to its lead in. TSC was also very expensive and ts not worth renewing a series that mayu not do well.

    @Whoever mentioned Body of Proof on the renew cancel index – The series will start out likely to be canceled and dip to certain but you never know, once DWTS comes back the series could uptick. However BOP couldn’t even hold onto its Bachelor lead in. I’m not sure what will do worse Golden Boy, BOP or Smash. My guess is a 2.2 or something for Golden Boy after NCIS LA, maybe less and a 1.1-1.3 for BOP and a .9-1.1 for Smash.

  • Shepherd


    LOL, you got me! I mis-clicked my spell checker. It doesn’t help that I’m blind as a bat, but you win.

  • Marcus

    Welcome back, Alaric.

  • Tommy

    BODY OF PROOF IS THE BEST SHOW ON TV!!! Why do people keep watching NCIS when Body of Proof is so much better. Bombs being planted in Bodies, kidnapping and hostage. Such a shame with the ratings, it’s started of so well with a 3.2 rating and 14 million viewers in 2011. I hate it when good shows get canceled and shows long over-rated like NCIS and boring shows likes the Taste still get renewed. :( SAVE BODY OF PROOF

  • Steph


    The ratings say otherwise.

  • HalCapone

    The problem for most lead-in dependent shows like Smash is that they are either partially lead-in dependent and can return at least fair ratings on their own when their lead-in is in repeats (or on break as is the case with The Voice) or they totally bomb without their lead-in which makes them nothing more but very expensive filler a network could be better served using a much cheaper reality program. While the Voice is still a ratings success for NBC (who knows how much longer since reality singing shows don’t generate water cooler buzz like they used to), it will no doubt be used as a lead-in for new shows debuting that the network wants as many viewers to sample as possible. If The Voice starts to fade anytime soon, NBC’s ratings woes (football notwithstanding) will go from critical to “last will and testament”

  • feinn

    @dan who said the secret circle was very expensive? might not been cheap, but the show did not look expensive at all

  • Anthony C.

    Cult was extra awful. I felt bad for matt davis cause he couldn’t even save this mess of a show. Its DOA and for good reason.

    I think TCD and HOD will be renewed even with lackluster middling ratings. BATB is gonna be even with its 0.5 or drop a tenth to a 0.4 this week and that will seal the deal for it’s cancellation.

  • Jon

    Smash is done, how many episodes air until it gets pulled

  • Anne Idiot

    “Go Off”

  • Colin

    I guess people got tired of waiting for a new Smash episode because it’s been a year since its season 1 premiere…
    I wonder why ratings are sooooo low. I guess a lot of people are getting rid of their nielsen box.

  • Dan

    @Feinn – http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/06/secret-circle-says-goodbye-britt-robertson-tells-us-season-2-just-is-not-happening.html

    This article does state that relative to its ratings, The Secret Circle was an expensive series to produce. TVD is probably just as costly but the ratings justify renewal.

  • OWL

    Seriously, what did you expect under those conditions…
    90210 is dead too.

  • Rita

    @zth “Wow, NBC is in big trouble: I would cancel all of the following: Whitney, Guys with Kids, Go On, Up All Night, Community, The New Normal, Deception and Smash. I know that this means a LOT of new shows in the fall , but these ratings are beyond terrible and they will decrease even further next season.”

    It would be incredibly risky to cancel all those shows. Are people going to tune in for full nights of all-new shows? Can NBC afford to pay for buzz for all new shows, some of which WILL flop? Some stability is required. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. Some of these turkeys are sticking around, on both the drama end and the comedy end. Probably Go On (Matthew Perry), Community (syndication’s on the horizon), and Whitney(NBC is weirdly invested in this show). My (controversial) contention is that they may well order more episodes of Deception as well – they very much wanted/needed Smash to work out, but it’s a bust. They need an hour-long replacement and NBC has no drama bench. All their stronger dramas have short seasons. Can they get a second cycle of TBL to pick up the slack? Good insurance to order more Deception episodes, though not a lock — i think DNH and Smash’s failures pretty much convert Deception to a toss up at this point.

  • Brandon


    Do you do anything else in your personal life then watch tv and comment on all these posts? Your name pops up everywhere. Its kinda sad.


    I don’t think they’ll cancel SMASH. They will prob move it to Saturdays or something….. SMASH could’ve been a hit on ShowTime. Katharine McPhee will find another job, she’s signed to Colombia Records right now and is expected to release an album soon

  • A

    Man, tv ratings in general are diving so fast. Previous years had shows in the 3+ demo range, then in the 2+ range, and now so many shows are dipping down into the 1’s.

    Wonder if tv ratings will just crashed altogether sooner or later.

  • PurpleDrazi


    “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.”

    1. Aww…it’s really cute that you think your small group of friends is in any way representative of over 40 MILLION TV viewers.

    2. Look, ratings are not to measure how many people watch a show. They are there to measure how many people watch commercials. If you are watching it online or on your DVR you are not watching the commercials and therefor they don’t care about you. You are not the customer. You are the product.

  • K

    NBC just needs to air The Voice on every damn night of the week so that the rest of their shows will all do well. lol

  • Samunto

    Since many here have been making suggestions of what NBC should air after The Voice Tuesdays, i think it’s possible that we might see that happening as early as April. After the next 2 wks of originals, Go On & TNN will have aired 18 of 22 episodes each. Originals could also air for the weeks before The Voice returns or if just repeats, it would be just 4wks of airing after The Voice.
    Either NBC will actually promote Hannibal to try eek out a new hit this season, or it’s 2hrs of The Voice. And by now i don’t think they’ll bother promoting Smash that much. If it averages only 0.7 next week it’s gonna be yanked. Even with a 2hr Voice it’d only have maybe a 1.5.

    Either Hannibal will get special airings Tuesdays or even Chicago Fire testing out waters for next season.

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