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.

  • Hubert R. Wentland

    when will be Monday finals available?

  • GirlTalk

    I saw the Cult pilot at ComicCon last summer. Bummed it scored such low ratings because I do like the show. On the other hand, if it means Beauty and the Beast has a better chance of renewal, I happy.

  • Oliver


    Its budget is insane, no way it’d air on cable.

    And FX skews male.

  • Mar

    smash got smashed … again

  • Titanicmovies

    Bye Bye Cult!!

  • KT

    NOOOO for Hart of Dixie!!! Hope it’s adjusted up. Even 0.6 would put in a better position for renewal vs CD and BatB.

    New Girl down, but it still will be renewed. My only Tuesday show I’m not worried about.

    Honestly, I loved Smash last season, but this season has made me want to pound my head against a wall throughout the first few episodes because I’m so bored, and clearly most Nielsen viewers agree with me. 0.9 is abysmal.

  • Brian J


    I couldn’t agree more. They seem to have a lot of promising shows on tap for next season, but it never hurts to have something work right away. “Hannibal” might just be that. We are several weeks away from April 4, so were I in charge of NBC, I’d schedule a two-hour “Voice” April 2 and put “Hannibal” there, shipping “Smash” to Thursdays.

  • Amy

    LMAO @ Safran and Fake Empire. They’re getting the ratings they deserve.

  • Shawn

    I thought Body of Proof was actually pretty solid last night, and I like the cliffhanger! It is not looking promising to be brought back for a season 4 thought sadly :( I will just have to enjoy the third season and take it for what it is worth.

    I watch 11 shows, and only two of them will not be back next season. I guess that is not too bad.

  • JacobYates

    Lol at Body of Flop

  • Spike

    why did NBC decide to give Parenthood a shorter season in the first place? i bet they regret this decision by now

  • Dóchas

    I gave Cult a shot. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and even I polled it at the .5 mark. Wow. Maybe this is simply a cursed time slot. Tuesday’s are the NCIS days and the HOD is no kind of lead in for a show like this. Dumb move CW. I personally think it should air after TVD.

  • Sarah

    NCIS down a bit, but still good. :)

  • Lauren

    Hart Of Dixie ratings aren’t low, they are steady but they lost 0.1 on the demo. The show will be renewed, same for Nikita. Cult will be cancelled, same For Carrie Diaries and 90210. BATB deserves to be cancelled but they can’t cancel everything.

  • feinn

    Cw is stupid for being in bed with josh swartz and flop empire. …2 huge flops in one season

  • Jarrod

    With Cult DOA and The Carrie Diaries most likely to follow, I guess 90210 is locked in for a final season with Nikita, BATB and HOD also getting an additional season. 3 new shows for the Fall and 2 new ones for the Spring. The CW is beyond predictable.

  • JacobYates

    Poor Vegas. Last night’s episode was the best one yet. It’s a shame it can’t find an audience.

  • J.G.

    I wonder if they’ll pull Smash from the lineup early, because there is no way this is going to be their only bottom.

    Body of Proof did terribly; I’m guessing the revamp didn’t grab viewers’ attention.

    If Vegas holds up like this once the Golden Boy test run wraps up, I wouldn’t be surprised if it got a 13 episode renewal.

  • Ashley

    Bye bye Cult and Smash!! Go NCIS. @ Feinn…I, too, am wishing for the return of TSC. I doubt it will ever return but a girl can dream :-)

  • Sam

    Really disappointing numbers for Cult, but what did people expect? It’s almost as if The CW intended for the show to flop. I like what Spike said;

    ‘Airing Cult after Hart of Dixe is like airing the Housewives of Whatever after a football game’. #Preach

    I watched Cult. It was a good show. It really made you think, it was at times confusing but it’s the type of show that for people with the attention span of a 4 year old, they won’t get it (Basically HoD’s audience).

    Shame on CW for such poor POOR scheduling, and goodbye Cult it’s a shame you didn’t stand a chance.

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