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.

  • joel

    BOP got basically the same demo as PP but had more total viewers. Looks like no one watches network TV at 10 under 55.

  • Lucas

    Cult is an excellent show, and I truly believe it will go drastically up next week. I mean, I didn’t even tune in, after all, the CW released the pilot on its website and I had already watched it… So why bother? Also, they’re in an awful timeslot. Hart of Dixie is boring (imo)…

  • Vcoolwater

    It is not a safe bet that Hart of Dixie will be renewed. It depends on which makes CW the most money. You have to factor in international markets, online viewing, licensing etc.

    That is how Hart of Dixie got saved last year due to online viewing and the fact it cheaper to produce than Ringer/Secret Circle.

    Who knows which show CW will renew.

  • Bill

    So those 10pm shows need to go. I can’t believe ABC gave BOp another season

  • Marc

    Congrats GOON an TNN, with all of your promotion and fanfare you officially both have fewer demo ratings and half the viewers as critically ignored Friday sitcoms (LMS/MC) on ABC.

  • Mike

    Body Of Proof is dead. ABC promote the hell out of this show and it only musters up a 1.2.

  • Kavyn

    @Mark I also do not watch HOD, and am speaking purely in terms of ratings. HOD right now is getting 0.5’s and is likely to either maintain those ratings or drop to a 0.4 by the end of the season. Spring always hurts ratings, and HOD is no exception. Nikita ended it’s second season with a 0.4 rating and approximately 1.47 million viewers. It’s very likely based on typical ratings patterns that HOD will end the same way. Do note that Nikita’s season finale had a 0.7 while HOD’s had a 0.6. HOD has been more stable during it’s second season compared to Nikita, but honestly only by a couple of tenths (plus Nikita was moved from the coveted post-TVD time slot to Friday, which does explain the drop in ratings).

    The differences you are stating for HOD mean nothing. It doesn’t matter if HOD has a better 18-34 female demo, just like it doesn’t matter if Nikita has better international sales. Networks judge their shows based on the 18-49 demo, and for the CW, yes, there are other factors that are taken in like the ones mentioned earlier. However in the end it would be foolish to keep HOD at 8pm and premiere a new show at 9pm with the hopes that the new show will magically succeed with a 0.5 lead in.

    Either HOD should be moved to 9pm to allow a new show to self-start, moved to Friday to be paired with Nikita, or cancelled to not have to deal with it for two seasons (which I doubt, since the CW needs syndication money).

  • Kavyn

    @Vcool HOD was the most logical choice for renewal out of the three new shows. Ringer was plummeting and TSC couldn’t even maintain half of TVD’s ratings (ending with a 0.5 or 0.4, lower than HOD). Hod maintained around a 0.6-0.8 rating throughout the entire season, and had much more scheduling options than TSC did at the time. TSC’s only possibly move was to Friday to be paired with Nikita, but then TSC would have plummeted even further in ratings which would have been bad. The online viewers helped HOD’s case, but it wasn’t the reason it got renewed over the other two.

  • panda22

    awaiting ratings for the lying game and bunheads………

  • MichaelChickless

    Floppy Of Proof?

  • Darcy

    Oh my – ratings really sucked last night for a Sweeps night. Smash’s .9 is just horrible but I’m really disappointed that The New Normal got a 1.0 and only 2.83 million viewers. I think that show is funny but those numbers are really awful. From 8:00 – 9:00 pm, nothing except CBS got over a 1.6 in the key demo! Unbelievable for Sweeps! WTH?? Also from shows starting from 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm nothing got over a 1.6 in the key demo. New Girl is down to 4.36M viewers but at least it has a 2.2 demo which makes it 4th for the night out of 17 shows! Wow!

  • Jupiter

    Nelisen is lying how can a show go from a 2.6 to a 1.2

  • Lukes

    I think we can play the requiem for Smash, completely and utterly dead.
    Not that The new normal is feeling better.

  • Brandy

    I’m tired of people blaming HoD for Cults poor ratings.If people wanted to watch it, they would’ve no matter the leadin.Blame it on it being online for a while or bad early reviewers. Or heavy comeition.HoD isn’t the best leadin but it’s stable in ratings which is more than can be said for all but it and three CW shows:VD,Arrow,SPN. What do you people want?To premiere behind low rated Nikita on Fri and flop?Flatlining 90210 as a leadin,falling CD as a leadin?They were not going to move BaTB(which is CWs fourth highest rated show i think) Midseason and have to promote the change and let its ratings fall just to premiere Cult?Cult and VD have nothing in common besides Matt, they’re totally thematically different whereas BaTB is more similar to VD.

  • Holly

    Not a good night for the spring shows.

    Cult is bearchow right off the bat. So the battle remains between Hart of Dixie, Carrie Diaries, and Beauty and the Beast.

    Body of Proof didn’t do much better relatively speaking. With only half-seasons, it isn’t nearly close enough to syndication to guarantee the 4th season.

    Smash is still doing better than Do No Harm’s second episode…. And the comedies are desperately hoping The Voice’s return saves them.

    FOX was down a bit, but doing about as well as they would expect. Same with CBS.

  • jT

    new girl will bounce back.

  • Gabe

    So many shows did terrible that I have to wonder which one did the worst? Is everything getting cancelled?

    Go on: yes
    New Normal: yes
    Smash: definitely
    Body of Proof: yes
    cult: yes

    I don’t get it.

  • The End

    I count 13 shows with dreadful numbers. Bad night that.

  • ravi

    @data, flop of proof, the mindy flop, the flop normal, go on flop, floptaste, smashflop…

  • Brandy

    Also, HoD proved to not need a leadin last season and not all 8pm shows do good-look at CD and Nikita-(excepting the last two weeks of 0.5s cause thats not normal for Nikita & 0..5 isnt great in any case).and content wise HoD is ok for 8pm while I believe Cult has to be at 9pm due to graphic content,like SPN has to be at 9 due to gore,violence ect.

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