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.

  • Kavyn

    Move Cult behind TVD, BTB behind Nikita (since it would move to Friday at 9pm anyways if it were renewed) and keep EO for a full season. That’s what I would have done.

  • julia

    rob60990, the 2 week break between the New Girl episodes didn’t help the ratings and the momentum it recently got back. That’s what happened. In my opinion, bad scheduling. The ratings for two other episodes before this one got a 2.6. And then 2 weeks break happened, the show lost its momentum a bit.

    Stop hating on the show so much. If you don’t watch it, fine. But what’s the point of wishing the downfall of the show? It doesn’t make sense.

    Either way, I think the ratings for New Girl will be adjusted to a 2.3 later today, in my opinion. And that’s still a solid rating.

    New Girl will be renewed for another season and most likely a 4th season too.

  • Ultima

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

    I assume you’re talking about Body of Proof, but I don’t know where you get the 2.6 from.

    In any case, Body of Proof was getting 1.5s this time last season (with a low of 1.2 actually, albeit on Valentine’s Day); a 20% year-to-year drop isn’t unreasonable.

    Not sure why you think they’re lying, unless that’s just your first response when you can’t figure something out.

  • Blueapple

    I wish the CW would put HOD after TVD, that way when it still gets .5 we can say what a flop it is. It doesn’t help to have TVD as a lead in for any show.

  • Adrian

    Hypocrite much? You say 0.5 isn’t great yet you defend HOD like it has never had a 0.5 before. And 0.5 on Friday is just as good, if not better than HOD’s 0.5 on Tuesday.

  • Ultima

    And then 2 weeks break happened

    I realize that it was actually 13 days, 23.5 hours between episodes, but why do people call this a two week break? Does every broadcast show (except Idol et al) go on a “one week break” every week?

    New Girl was off for one week and that was due to a presidential address – had FOX aired a new episode in the 8pm hour, people would be saying it lost momentum due to the ratings hit it would have taken for that episode.

  • SJ

    I wouldn’t count Body of Proof out just yet. It got a 1.2 once last season and still got renewed. If it creeps up closer to the 2.0 range, it wouldn’t shock me to see it renewed for a fourth season. Wow, how depressing is it that there’s a possibility that a show that got a 1.2 rating for its premiere could actually come back… How far have the networks fallen.


    The State of the Union Address was last week. Personally, I think it’s a waste of time but there’s no way Fox could back out of airing it, so the “bad scheduling” excuse is not applicable here.

  • Ultima

    In my opinion, bad scheduling

    Obama finally gets a square on Fan Excuse Bingo!

  • poweranimals

    This is what will happen:

    Arrow: Already renewed.
    Vampire Diaries: Already renewed
    Supernatural: Already renewed.
    Beauty and the Beast: Will be renewed.
    Hart of Dixie: Will be renewed.
    Nikita: Will be renewed.
    Cult: Will be canceled.
    90210: Will be canceled.
    Carrie Diaries: Will be canceled.

  • Andrew

    Does anyone agree with me that Smash should go on a cable tv network instead of a major broadcasting network?

  • rob60990

    a 1 week break is nothing. New Girl dropped because of its lead-in. It’s highly lead-in dependent. Watch it rise next week when Raising Hope is an hour.

  • chezmoi

    Don’t the NCIS ratings confirn that when a program misses (or knocks – if you know dominos or English dialect) a week then its ratings go down?
    It appears the Taste has affected NCIS ratings and overall viewers.

    Body of Proof is arguably the closest to Hawaii-5-O with Jack Lord – one person dominates perhaps too much in the program. Although an episode where Jeri Ryan does the solving might make it more interesting.

    By the way NCIS is my favourite show, BoP would only be watched if there was nothing else on…which is easier to do in the UK as both are on the same digital terrestrial channel!

  • Ultima

    Don’t the NCIS ratings confirn that when a program misses a week then its ratings go down?


    Revenge, Jan/Feb last season – 2.5, 2.4, 2.5, repeat, repeat, 2.5, 2.4, preempted, 2.4

  • Ryann

    When are the final numbers up?

  • v

    Body Of Proof was a lot better with casting changes.
    The problem is long layoff, so it needed to be heavily promoted almost like a new show.
    But we’ll see how it does with Dancing lead-in a month from now.

  • Sam

    Wow, I did not expect Cult to do so badly.

  • Brandy

    @Adrian I never say 0.5. Is good for HoD.But Nikita season high is 0.5 and that is bad, no matter what night or what exscuse you use.HoD had a season high of 0.7 for the season premiere.
    Kayvyn, you would kill a freshman show moving it to Fri during the season? Nice scheduling NOT!You would give a show getting 0.0.3-0.4 a full season? Yet you say HoD at 0.5-0.6 needs to go? Or 90210 getting 0.2-0.4 should be cancelled? Playing favorites with shows much?Thank god youre not running CW.Cults ratings aren’t cause of HoD , it’s cause of lack of interest and /or heavy competition.

  • Sparky

    Nikita is looking mega compared to all these new shows….crazy!!!

  • Mari

    I’m sad Cult premiered with such bad numbers. The pilot was actually good.

  • Kavyn

    Brandy, I never said HOD should go, I said it should move to 9pm. EO should have gotten the renewal because all they have is an empty timeslot right now.

    Also moving BTB to Friday wouldn’t ‘kill it’. IF the show gets renewed it’s going to Friday anyways so your anger confuses me. Wouldn’t it be better to see if BTB can handle itself on Friday this season instead of renewing it and doing the same thing next season anyways?

    Also despite what you think, HOD is a reason for Cult’s poor ratings. Nothing can strive on a 0.5 lead-in, and any new CW show that had a weak lead-in is my proof of that. The other reason Cult didn’t do so well is due to the CW’s failure of advertising it properly.

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