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.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    SJ: “It got a 1.2 once last season and still got renewed.”

    No one is certain WHY it got renewed except for the sharp uptake in ratings in the last three episodes and some people claim it had good international sales.

    “If it creeps up closer to the 2.0 range”

    I don’t see it doing that, even if it did it in the last three episodes of last season. The odds are simply very against that in a third season. They HAVE improved the show somewhat by dumping the most boring characters and adding Mark Valley, but I don’t see that raising the ratings from a debut of 1.2 a full eight-tenths back up to a 2.0.

    There’s also no syndication value because the show has way too few episodes to make it even if renewed for a fourth season.

  • Nick

    Wow. Body of Proof did terrible. Too bad. :(

    Cult, on the other hand, is at more expected levels of complete floppage. Is that the lowest American scripted show premiere in the history of broadcast TV?

  • Richard Steven Hack

    John A: “Lol HOD V Nikita? Both shows are horrible in ratings and should be canned. Nikita wont be”

    Which of course makes no sense. Nikita is being retained because the price WB offered the CW for it as a result of syndication potential means the CW either makes money or breaks even while holding down a lot on Friday. This is the best the CW can do on Fridays in any event.

    Which is better than HoD would be able to do under similar circumstances particularly because we don’t know what WB and CBS think of its syndication potential until it actually IS renewed for a third season.

    Babbling about how .5 is bad is IRRELEVANT. Once again, everyone KNOWS .5 is bad. What else is new on the CW?

  • forg

    I’m sure the fans will hate this suggestion but I think to save CW’s Tues or Mon woes, they need to move Supernatural in any of those nights. It will likely drop but it has a loyal audience that could give CW a pulse

  • Ultima

    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.

    So, 1948?

  • forg

    NBC is already hyping the Chandler-Monica reunion on Go On and The Voice is coming back so I think it’s safe to say Go On will likely be renewed despite going as low as 1.1 now

  • Ultima

    Yeah, ’cause shows like … Knight Rider were the golden age of TV. Sure.

    Hey, just because you kids actually have cars that talk to you now doesn’t mean it wasn’t awesome 30 years ago! ;)

  • Ryan Schwartz

    ABC should try “The Taste” on Fridays with “Shark Tank.” That 1.6 would be an improvement at 8pm.

  • Ryan Schwartz

    8:00pm –
    NCIS —> Already Renewed
    THE TASTE —> Should be tested in front of SHARK TANK Fridays. Bringing that 1.6 to Fridays would be great.
    RAISING HOPE —> Final season renewal
    OFF THEIR ROCKERS —> Cancelled by May.
    HART OF DIXIE —> Renewed (for whatever reason)

    9:00pm –
    NCIS: LOS ANGELES —> Renewal by May (duh!)
    THE BACHELOR —> Renewal by May (unless there’s already been a multi-cycle renewal)
    NEW GIRL —> Renewal by May
    GO ON —> Renewed for 13 in May (a la UP ALL NIGHT) to stay in business with Matthew Perry
    CULT —> Cancelled by or before May

    9:30pm –
    THE MINDY PROJECT —> Cancelled in May unless FOX wants four comedies next year
    THE NEW NORMAL —> Cancelled by May (unless NBC wants to stay in the Ryan Murphy business)

    10:00pm –
    VEGAS —> Cancelled in May (NCIS: RED will debut at 9, LA to 10)
    BODY OF PROOF —> Cancelled by May (three seasons now and nowhere close to syndication)
    SMASH —> Cancelled by May (too expensive… too low-rated… DEAD)

  • shouichi

    Bring me back secret circle!!

  • Nick

    @Ryan Schwartz

    OFF THEIR ROCKERS —> Cancelled by May.

    How come? OTR is doing only a little worse than last year. It was renewed then, it will be renewed now. Its ratings are fine for NBC, which needs filler like this. I expect it to come back next year & help whatever NBC’s failure comedies of the season are.

  • Andrew

    This year sucks so many shows I wanted to make it especially TNN guys with kids deception 1600 penn somewhat excluding the annoying lead character 666 park avenue lms and mc.

    @feinn : Seriously that would be wonderful if they did me and my family loved those shows TSS and Ringer.

  • Andrew

    @Ryan: Why do people like you have hate towards Ryan Murphy?

    Im gonna guess because his show revolves around a loving same sex couple who are trying to have a child heaven forbid that ever happen end sarcasm.

  • NikitaAddiction


  • Mickey


    I’m sure the fans will hate this suggestion but I think to save CW’s Tues or Mon woes, they need to move Supernatural in any of those nights. It will likely drop but it has a loyal audience that could give CW a pulse

    Proof of how loyal the fans are is most of them stuck with it through the first 10 episodes of this season even though a lot of people were really upset by what the new showrunner was doing. Now that it’s back to the show we fell in love with, ratings went back up to 1.0, so even those of us who did leave didn’t go far. But almost everyone I know who was very unhappy with the way things were going for the first half of the season kept watching anyway.

    I certainly see your point, spreading out the tent poles over the week seems like a good idea. Seeing as the CW only has three of them, you can certainly make a strong case for not concentrating two of them on one night.

    On the other hand, Arrow and Supernatural are such a great match, mutually boosting each other’s ratings because the double bill gives people a good reason to make a genre event evening of it and watch TV live rather than DVRing. And that’s something the CW can’t afford to lose, that’s gambling with two-thirds of what is holding the network up.

    I think if they can find a new Arrow that is equally a good match for Supernatural, and another good fantasy/sci fi show to pair up with Arrow, in hopes of having two successful double bills instead of just the one, then it would be worth the risk.

    But if they do do it, they better put Supernatural on Mondays. We’ve been on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, so we’d at least like to complete the set if we have to move yet again.

    In other news, looks like I’m deleting Cult from my DVR sight unseen. I learned my lesson with Zero Hour: check ratings first, then watch. I hate starting a mystery to which I will never know the answer.

  • chris23

    Tuesday Nights are so boring.. Sure, NCIS and LA have the viewers but my god their demo is horrible considering the amount of viewers it has.

    CBS: Vegas is a goner. Both NCIS are doing good in total viewers, but the demo per ratio just shows how old the network skews on Tuesday Nights.

    CW: I was hoping CULT would premiere to decent numbers, but I knew it wouldn’t this show barely had any promotion. CW needs to make more efforts for advertising especially for mideseason shows. Hart of Dixie should have never been an 8:00 show. Sure it grew out of a stronger gossip girl last season but it didn’t deserve to be a leadin show. Emily Owens bombed with HOD on Tuesdays and now the same can be said about Cult.. It truly is sad about Emily since it continuosly kept up or beat HOD in viewers yet it couldn’t score slightly higher in demo. Also, for the most part leadins are a major factor. Beauty started off great with TVD as leadin, Arrow paired with Supernatural has seen a great rise on Wednesday Nights for both shows. HOD isn’t fully to blame for CULT but if CW was smart it should’ve maybe placed CULT behind TVD or ARROW for a week or two before moving it to a permanent Tuesday Night slot. Either that or move Beauty to Tuesdays at 9 and try cult permanently behind TVD, CW really doesn’t have anything to lose.

    FOX: New Girl is still stable. Mindy Project back to normal with low ratings. I can’t believe this show is considered a certain renewal on this site. raising hope pulls the same demo and better viewers and will get the renewal b/c it is in season 3 with syndication around the corner. Mindy is only a Season 1 show and has done poorly throughout the season hitting 1.2s-1.5s regularly.

    ABC: Body of Proof Bombed really bad. This show was actually really stable in Season One but just hasn’t recovered since then. Bachelor did good. The Taste isn’t that impressive but I guess it is better than the comedies that aired there and body of proof, more than likely it is also cheaper. However If this show moved to Fridays at 8 in front of Shark Tank as someone suggested, it wouldn’t keep its 1.6 demo it would fall even lower!

    NBC: comedies and Smash are way too pathetic. I wonder if Voice will have an American Idol influence with these shows when it comes back on. I have a feeling NBC pulled Revolution b/c they were afraid without Voice as a leadin the top new series of the Season would also hit lows for the network!!!

  • chris23

    Also @BRANDY your attempts to constantly defend Hart of Dixie for pulling 0.5s, yet you bash Nikita on Friday Nights for recently pulling these numbers. We all know 0.5 is nothing to brag about for any show but when more than half of the network is hitting below 0.7s comaprisons will be made. I defended HOD last season by stating it built an audience out of a horrible leadin. This show should’ve never been at 8 as a leadin show EVER!! HOD has failed to grow an audience in Season 2 and is not strong enough to carry A Weak Tuesday Night all around. Tuesday Nights are not as heavy as Mondays and Thursdays as of late, Tuesdays are dull and has no real strong competition. ABC,NBC,Fox have low rated lineups. CBS has the viewers but doesn’t appeal to a young audience. HOD is no better than Nikita in my eyes. If renewed, which it will be, HOD should move to a 9:00 slot preferably on Friday Nights behind your favorite show NIKITA where its ratings of 0.5/0.6 will be more respected on that night considering expectations are lowered!!!

  • Shepherd


    I wont claim to know why Body of Proof was renewed, but ABC did have at least one major incentive to do so that I know about; The California TV and Film Tax Credit. This is a credit mind you, not a deduction. Credits are awarded on a ‘lottery’ basis. Any TV show that moves production to California qualifies for a 25% credit (if all previous seasons were filmed outside CA), and any show that keeps its production in CA can qualify for a 20% credit. The purpose of the program is to try and keep production jobs in California. The program was recently renewed by their gov for another 2 years through 2017. For more information of applying for the CA tax credit see the California Film Commission’s website:


    It has been reported in many places that BOP was not only among the ~28 productions to win the credit lottery, but they were also 2012’s largest recipient at 12.1 million. According to Variety:


    I should also note that “qualified taxpayers may carryover tax credits for 5 years and transfer tax credits to an affiliate (affiliated corporation that has been assigned any portion of the credit amount by the qualified taxpayer).”, which means that ABC Studios can transfer the funds to their general coffers. See program guidelines.

    Basically, ABC got 12.1 million USD to renew the show for season 3; conditioned on moving production from RI to CA. I have no idea if they automatically qualify for the 20% credit for season 4, or if they would need to re-apply. It would be interesting if they did auto qualify (in terms of BOP’s renewal prospects).

    I would add that I just noticed that Franklin and Bash also won a credit, which now makes me less surprised over that show’s renewal.

  • TV Addict

    I swear, if either of these NBC shows is renewed over NBC… Why I outta

  • Shepherd


    BOP was among one of the 28 productions to initially win the tax credit. End edit.

    They just keep handing out money until their funding runs out. I think something like 75 productions got $ in 2012.

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