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.

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    I really really enjoyed the first episode of CULT but man what a flop!!!!! It’s hard to believe it didn’t even break 1 million viewers. Now that there are no more shows to premiere in The CW I think 90210, the carrie diaries and cult will be canceled, while Flop of Dixie and BATB will be renewed.

  • blundenx

    I saw a promo for Cult and it said #donotwatchthis So I thought, alright, I won’t watch if you don’t want me to. Lame jokes out of the way, I can’t believe Carrie Diaries might get a 2nd season after how low it’s ratings sunk this week. Cult’s failure might pave the way for that. Very surprising.

  • Sam

    Do we realize that the Fan Excuse Bingo is made of actual reasons that executives use to argue the cancellation of a series? So, in the end, all the “excuses” that the Bingo card has are not that much of an excuse, but an actual reason to go ahead with the cancellation of a series. I don’t see why the Bingo thing has to be pointed out everytime someone tries to make their point. For instance, “bad scheduling” is probably the reason, not excuse, behind 3/4 cancellation, in my opinion. Bingo card are “causes”, numbers are “consequences”. That’s all. Bad scheduling is a cause most of the times, bad numbers is the result all the times. Still not an excuse, in my opinion.

  • eridapo


    After a meeting in New York Tuesday, the ratings company will roll out a system to measure broadband, Xbox and, in time, iPads, with more changes to come.

    The Nielsen Co. is expanding its definition of television and will introduce a comprehensive plan to capture all video viewing including broadband and Xbox and iPads, several sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

    The decision to expand beyond traditional TV ratings measurement came out of a meeting in New York on Tuesday of the What Nielsen Measures Committee, a group that has been meeting for nearly a year. The committee is composed of representatives from major TV networks, local TV stations, cable TV networks, advertising agencies and some big brand advertisers.

    The decisions made by the committee are not binding but a source at one of the big four networks was ecstatic at the prospect of expanded measurement tools. The networks for years have complained that total viewing of their shows isn’t being captured by traditional ratings measurements. This is a move to correct that.

    By September 2013, when the next TV season begins, Nielsen expects to have in place new hardware and software tools in the nearly 23,000 TV homes it samples. Those measurement systems will capture viewership not just from the 75 percent of homes that rely on cable, satellite and over the air broadcasts but also viewing via devices that deliver video from streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon, from so-called over-the-top services and from TV enabled game systems like the X-Box and PlayStation.

    While some use of iPads and other tablets that receive broadband in the home will be included in the first phase of measurement improvements, a second phase is envisioned to include such devices in a more comprehensive fashion. The second phase is envisioned to roll out on a slower timetable, according to sources, will the overall goal to attempt to capture video viewing of any kind from any source.

    Nielsen is said to have an internal goal of being able to measure video viewing on an iPad by the end of this year, a process in which the company will work closely with its clients.

    The shift doesn’t mean Nielsen will begin to provide ratings data for, say, Netflix. Nielsen will capture how much time is spent on that kind of viewing, but to actually provide ratings, Netflix would have to agree to encode its program signals so that Nielsen software can identify them and trace their source. The traditional TV networks do encode their signals to be compatible with Nielsen’s measurement tools.

    Nielsen already captures a small amount of out-of-home viewing, such as at a few colleges. If a student comes from a Nielsen home, his or her TV viewing is tracked when the student goes off to college.

    Nielsen also has a “customized” program to capture some viewing in places like college dorms, bars and restaurants. While Nielsen wants to expand its measurement out of home, that is not part of this initiative. Nielsen appears to be waiting until it acquires Arbitron, which does more such out of home measurement, before making that a priority.

  • Call me a hiperflop

    So many posts.

  • Rook

    Even on the CW that just isn’t going to cut it…cult is no Nikita, after all.

  • Roswell

    Everything on the CW that wasn’t already renewed needs to be canceled except for 90210 which deserves a final season behind arrow

  • KevinY

    Unless NBC can live with a new reality of extremely low expectations it looks like Parks and Recreation will be the only NBC comedy returning next year! That’s good news for the new sitcoms starring Parker Posey, Ellie Kemper, and Miranda Cosgrove!

    UNLESS the return of The Voice pushes Go On back to a superficially decent (1.6-1.8) and that somehow convinces them to renew it. I mean can they really renew Whitney or Community at this point when they’re both gonna wind up with a good string of 7-10 episodes with ratings in the sub 1.3 range? That’s good for TBS or USA network but NBC accepting that? Wow.

  • James

    NBC comedies season averages:

    Go On: 2.26 in the demo with 6.14 million.
    The Office: 2.08 in the demo with 4.20 million.
    The New Normal: 1.75 in the demo with 4.61 million.
    Parks & Rec: 1.68 in the demo with 3.47 million.
    Betty: 1.64 in the demo with 5.67 million.
    Community: 1.55 in the demo with 3.32 million.
    1600 Penn: 1.48 in the demo with 3.93 million.
    Whitney: 1.34 in the demo with 3.97 million.
    Guys With Kids: 1.34 in the demo with 3.86 million.

    So, there might be a parallel universe where Go On and The New Normal might be canceled. But it is certainly not ours. Mark my words: Both will be renewed. Besides this numbers and those they will poll when The Voice returns, NBC will want to stay in business with Murphy and Perry for longer. And they (NBC) will also probably fix the mess they did this year and protect both shows next season with some new hit comedies.

  • Call me a hiperflop

    Are you joking?

  • Call me a hiperflop

    Roswell, sorry.

  • PixieLavender


    Matt Davis didn’t leave The Vampire Diaries to be in Cult. He was getting frustrated about how his character (Alaric) wasn’t getting developed to the potential and creativity in which he saw the character (and whose not to say the fans also.)

    Also a result he clashed with Julie Plec because she didn’t want that. As a result when his contract was finishing, he didn’t renew and got killed off. AFTERWARDS, Cult came along.

  • chrisss

    @ James

    I really doubt that NBC want to lose millions just to stay in business with Murphy and Perry. Just a hunch. And without The Voice as their lead in, they’ve shown they get around the same ratings as NBC’s other comedy’s (bar The Office) so what makes them deserve to be protected ahead of every other comedy?

  • mare

    Cults premise was intriguing and I gave it a shot. I liked it. Too bad. I don’t think the cw gave it much of a shot though.

  • PurpleDrazi

    @Mark3 – I don’t know what country you are from but I have spent a few months in England, Germany, and Australia and I can tell you with some authority that their TV stations have lots of CRAP shows also. Let’s not forget that a lot of reality shows we have here in the states are based on shows that premiered in Europe first!

    @eridape – The What Nielsen Measures Committee…does that sound like a totally made up name or what!

    Even if this is true, it still wouldn’t change how things are now. The added information of how many people watch online vs television would be insightful but have no effect on renewal. Until Nielsen has a way to collect demographic information from online watchers and a way to prove that the shows were actually watched the entire time (vice someone turning on the TV and walking out of the room)it won’t mean much to the advertisers.

  • Alice

    Can’t they see that The New Normal performs bad due to its lead-in? While every other comedy premiere on NBC this year has gone notoriously downhill in the demos, TNN has become pretty steady, even substantially increasing within DVR figures. In fact, TNN retained 95% of Go On’s audience when The Voice was around, and still does it without The Voice. So: put a better show in front of TNN, and it will retain its audience. As others have said, Go On is too “adult” and even too boring to go after The Voice. TNN audience could have connected way more with the (presumable) young audience of The Voice. Just my opinion.

  • Brian J


    I agree, although I wonder how much, if at all, the ad rates for something like “Go On” are affected by the fact that it’s being helped so much by “The Voice.” But yeah, if it can keep at least a 2.0, it’ll be a big deal for NBC. If it can rise to a 2.5 or higher, it pretty much has to help its financial situation, no?

    The bigger question for me is not so much if NBC renews the show, but where it goes. This is nothing more than a gut feeling, but I suspect NBC might put its MJ Fox comedy on Tuesdays instead of Thursdays. If so, I think “Go On” is moving, perhaps to Wednesdays.

  • Frank

    I found Body of Proof to be more interesting with the cast changes!!!I must be very old at 55!!

  • Ryan Schwartz

    ANDREW, you are a pathetic, pathetic person. I’m a fan of THE NEW NORMAL. I think it’ll be cancelled because ratings suck. You’re the issue. That’s pretty low to assume an absolute stranger is a homophobe. My best friend’s gay. A lot of people I know are gay. People aren’t watching, and it’s the first of the NBC comedies to go below a 1.0 as indicated in the finals. Get your head out of your butt.

  • USAmerica1st

    The Taste is hanging tough. Like this show a lot!

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