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.

  • Adam L.

    So The New Normal has half million more viewers than Mindy but she’s got higher demos? Well I assume lots of kids and teens under 18 are watching TNN who are not counted in the demos… Anyway I would switch the times for The New Normal and Go On. For some reason I think TNN would retain much more from The Voice. But still, as long as both shows are renewed I will be happy.

  • MDM


    Lead in dependent New Girl? You mean the same New Girl that was crushing everything but NCIS with the now canceled Ben and Kate as its lead in?



  • E.S.

    The best thing for NBC to do with “Smash” is to burn off the remaining episodes on BRAVO.

  • J.G.


    Parenthood only got a partial pickup for budget reasons. The show’s cast is very expensive and they’re in pretty much every episode.

  • joel

    I’m in a calendar window where I no longer watch Tuesday prime time television (until The Voice and maybe DWTS return). It’s nice to have a night off besides Saturday.

  • Sab G

    Ouch! for Cult. It does NOT deserve those ratings. It’s actually original and shows some promise. I don’t think the promotion was very effective, but I guess as it’s kind of a complex premise, it was hard to promote. The CW is probably the wrong home for it.

    I hope the writers gave the short season some kind of closure so that anyone that does continue to watch it isn’t left hanging out to dry at the end of the season.

  • Greg

    I never understood people who actually thought Cult and Body of Proof could premiere well. I was even generous with Cult, I thought it would the same numbers that Emily Owens MD did, but it couldn’t even manage to do that.

    I was expecting Go On to return next year, but not anymore. NBC should cancel everything except Parks and Recreation and Off Their Rockers, and bring OTR to the fall. Even Whitney, while higher than everything else, is doing atrociously bad and it would fall even further next season.

  • Abc123

    CBS: As expected, NCIS does the steamroller, even though being down 0.2. This is the time of year that it starts returning to the lower 3’s. NCIS LA dropped again, a bit concerning. Vegas wasted the lead-in, but thats old news.

    NBC: This network is in trouble…especially Smash. What a flop

    ABC: Not too bad of a night… Body of Proof is disappointing for a premiere, but The Taste and Bachelor held up decently.

    FOX: New GIrl down a bit, but still respectable… Not so great for Mindy or Raising Hope.

    CW: OUCH

  • Ryann

    Looks like Cult is gone unless ratings improve (fingers crossed, i really enjoyed it and hope it gets adjustd up) but at the moment looks like carrie over cult and Beauty is given a slight advantage for renewal.

  • lalinge

    Cult’s premire tribble. CW shows to be renewed- BATB & HOD & NIKITA

  • Ted Craig

    @Adam L.

    Why do you assume it skews younger?

  • john

    The New Floppal must go!

  • panda22

    OMG!!!!!!…….Smash = crash!!

    How low can you go?, this is all Kat McPhee’s fault!
    Horrid actress everyone, especially female HATE with the firey passion of a thousand suns!!!

  • Perdix

    Just wondering, why many shows are getting low this month?

  • Chelle

    LOL at Cult. The promo’s look so stupid, I’m glad I didn’t bother to check it out.

  • r0ckmypants

    @BigBrotherFan – WOW. You see the THREE lowest rated SHOWS OF THE NIGHT being canceled?! That’s such a BOLD prediction.

    See how typing in random caps doesn’t help make your case?

  • Lisa

    The Cult pilot was terrible: virtually unwatchable. I also didn’t like the changes made to Body of Proof. So those are two shows I can quit right now with no regrets.

  • Can’t Believe

    Bring back Emily Owens.

  • ccc

    There is no way Parenthood can be cancelled now….heck repeats probably of this season would do better in that time slot than Smash is…it is getting into CW territory

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