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.

  • Erika

    That’s what NBC gets for having its ratings depend on a reality show that airs twice a year. They already were taping some of season 4 while season 3 was in its live rounds, so there really isn’t much they can do to speed it up. Blake and Adam have a huge workload as it with just the show appearing on back to back seasons- and then of course their careers outside of the show keep them busy. NBC has to invest in having 8 judges then. 4 for fall and 4 for spring if they want to debut the spring show in January or February. Build a second studio? It would be like having 2 different seasons running at the same time- not sure the production team could handle that.

  • Nikki

    haha for cult can you say flop? where are switched at birth and bunheads ratings from monday and pretty little liars and the lying games from last night. Its taking forever

  • Dan

    Is there ANY chance at all that The Carrie Diaries will be renewed??? There are a lot of haters on here, but I’m actually a fan of the show and want it to get a second season.

  • Nemily

    NBC should realize that Parenthood is its best show ever.

    Without any good lead-in, Parenthood was doing well.

    Don’t spend so much money on Smash and Deception, just produce Parenthood more.
    Give it full order next season !!

    Parenthood is NBC’s only hope now.

  • Dude

    I knew it would do poorly and even I didn’t think it’d premier this low. WOW.

  • Tim


    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.

    If that’s true, they should really skew the commercials toward the geriatric set, because those are the only people watching scripted shows when they air. As for the morons who watch reality TV, I would think commercials do no good, since they probably have to be fed and bathed by people smarter than they are.

  • Joseph

    Might “Cult” become the latest prime-time TV show to get cancelled after just one episode??

    I think the Cancellation Bear is about to strike, and “Cult” will be the victim!

  • Keith

    I loved Cult and hope it will adjust up….they need to reshow it on Friday and /or Saturday night !!!

  • Kavyn

    I really think the CW should renew HOD and put it at 9pm. They’re not thinking if they believe a new show can succeed with a 0.5 lead in. It’s no surprise Cult did worse.

  • frodo

    90210 is definitely getting canceled this season, there is no doubt about it.

    Cult, Carrie Diaries, 90210 will be canceled.

    Beauty, Hart of Dixie, Nikita will be renewed.

  • Wright

    It’s too soon to decide Cult’s fate since it was available online first.

  • Bella Bellini

    Cult was released on Hulu over a week ago. Hopefully CW takes those numbers into consideration.

    It’s an interesting show and isn’t hard to follow. Maybe it will still be an enjoyable show if the writers don’t leave us hanging with a huge cliff hanger if it is cancelled.

  • Asashi Fustazi

    yes CW only has one or two shows that are good and actually done well, the rest is teen and tween garbage, those people at that age are out having fun and enjoying being young not watching Cult!

  • Colonel

    Yeah they can’t really bring back the Voice any earlier as they are still in auditions for the show.

  • Mark Wood

    Robert and/ or Bill

    Could you confirm which number is correct for The Amazing Race last week, as there is a difference between Sunday Finals and the Top Twenty Five chart of the week.

  • Lucas

    Go On is just another Up All Night, it premiered really well, but in the end its a crappy show, not really funny and with an expensive cast!
    NBC is really crazy if they renew Go On, even Up All Night didn’t fall to this in the first season!

  • Shannon

    The “Smash” news is depressing me. This is one of my favorite shows.

  • TVDude

    Wow, aside from CBS Tuesdays are dead. Even CBS is at 10pm.

  • Mark Wood


    Moving Hart of Dixie to 9pm might very well kill it. The CW shows at 8pm get a large boost because their national syndication lead in is (with the exception of Arrow and VD) much larger then their own numbers.

    You can see this going through the various years of results for the CW, when you see a show that was previously at 8pm moving to 9pm and suddenly dropping dramatically. Or even the reverse seeing a show that was scoring very poor numbers at 9pm suddenly out of the blue doing significantly better when moved to 8pm.

    Look at Nikita as a good example on the CW. During its entire run on the CW it generally only holds 60% of its lead in (plus or minus ten percent per week).

    Earlier this year at 9pm it was scoring .2 and .3 and had a lead it that was getting .4 to .6. When it moved to 8pm its numbers immediately improved to .4 average, and why is that, because its lead in (random syndicated programming) typically gets a .7 and .8.

    They have (robert & Bill) or rare occasions for the various days published the 7pm and 7:30 pm numbers for the night for the CW, and you can see typical .7 to .9 every night of the week as the lead in for the 8pm show.

    Unless the CW can program a show at 8pm next year that equals or exceeds those numbers, you should expect to see Hart of Dixie drop and probably drop hard if it moved.

  • PurpleDrazi


    I’m not happy about the current rating system either as I’ve had many shows I like get canceled. But, the reality is Broadcast TV makes it’s money from advertising and the folks making the commercials want them to be seen.

    So, yeah, if you aren’t seeing the commercials then you are not counted.

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