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.

  • Ted Craig

    The Taste is a flop, right? I know reality shows play by different rules, but numbers consistently this low means it join Duets in the ABC Afterlife, right?

  • Remote Patrolled

    It’s a shame that Smash is doing so badly as whatever people may think of the show it’s definitely different from pretty much everything else on network TV.

    I’d rather have fresh shows like Smash than reheated CBS procedurals on the air.

    Oh and can we retire the ‘joke’ of just replacing the title of a show with the word ‘flop’ – i.e. Hart of Flop, The New Flop, Body of Flop, etc – it wasn’t very funny in the first place!

  • PixieLavender

    Awhh man, bring Alaric back on The Vampire Diaries!

  • panda22

    I mean, in what universe would Karen get picked over Ivy??????????

    COME ON!….all this “Karen is awesome” has killed the show…McPhee, like Karen…a total bitch underneath that sweet girl exterior!!

  • bl

    The new normal: 3.5/10? Is that a typo?

  • Data

    Gee, these puns where people here replace a word from the title of a show with the word ‘flop’ are getting old now.

  • Liam

    Body of Proof could be pulling a Hawaii 5-O. H5O started off very low this season but has climbed slightly in the ratings to where it was last year. Body of Proof could be doing the same thing.

  • Amy

    @ ccc That’s what you get when you hire a bad showrunner from a CW show to run a network program.

  • Franko

    LOL paging Dr. Emily Owens back. The demo was on par with Cult, but at least it did get 1,4-1,5 million viewers.

  • TVDxItachi

    Cult was soo good, don’t know what 0.3 spells for Cult but I know it’s bad, maybe the show can have a surge next week, the CW is so unpredictable, I believe it’s better then the following, i just really bad for the stars of Cult, they really wanted the show to do well, Alona Tal is beautiful too, and Matt is cool, I still can’t believe it premiered this low. The time was death incarnate. The promos also sucked too, at least now since the promos are over, the promos can look more appealing(normal)

    Nelson, what does this mean for Cult???

  • Glue

    Anything that airs after Hart Of Dixie will tank. The ratings for HOD aren’t that good and airing a new show after it is obviously a terrible idea.

  • Allen

    C’mon Community, just get close to a 1.5!

  • David Howell

    Looks like the bear was right to furiously chase Body of Proof last season, and ABC were wrong to renew it.

    I wonder how many shows in cable beat all the broadcast nets at 10. It can’t have been none. Worst 10pm weeknight hour I’ve ever seen.

  • Erin


    How is New Girl “lead in dependent”? It GROWS from its lead-in every single week, unchanged. I know your pathetic shtick is just to hate on every show in sight, but give it a break.

    There’s plenty else going on Tuesdays worthy of more ratings fury than New Girl. Grow up.

  • senor chang

    The Tuesday 10PM slot is a disaster zone. The Friday 10PM shows pull stronger numbers than that.

    NBC’s meltdown is really something to behold. Nothing on this night save Betty White is salvageable. Cancel everything.

  • Joel

    Looking at the table I can see TNN being adjusted up. It’s not going to save the day, but it will be good. It’s a very tough night and Go On ain’t the best partner. Let alone Betty White.

  • Sam

    Personally I think it’s time for The CW to cut the dead weight.

    – Nikita
    – Hart of Dixie (ship it to Friday’s after Nikita for syndication purposes).

    – 90210 (DEAD)
    – Beauty & The Beast (Completely lead-in dependant and it’s pulling horrible numbers now)
    – The Carrie Diaries (Stood a chance, and might still stand a chance if it hits back up to 0.7’s).

    No need to keep those shows around. HoD is moving into a third season, and has a chance at the syndication deal like Nikita did. The show should also repeat well in syndication.

  • TVDxItachi

    This shows how Selfish the TVD following is? Bet none of them tuned in to support Matt/Alaric.

  • Serial Rocker

    Have to agree with those who think Cult’s scheduling was a really poor move by The CW. There is absolutely no way that there is more than a fraction of HoD fans who would give Cult the time of day. Practically no crossover audience at all, I’d imagine.

    I’d probably have gone with airing it after Nikita on a Friday, or better yet I’d have moved Beauty and the Beast to the Friday 9pm slot and tried airing Cult after TVD, to make the most of the Matt ‘Alaric’ Davis factor. Either option would likely have yielded better results than a 0.3. Shame because the show has potential. Not to mention Alona Tal…

  • Kate

    If I hadn’t seen it myself, I wouldn’t believe last fall GO and TNN won over the competence every single night. To air this shows without The Voice was kinda suicidal, right? NBC get your things together. Shows on season 1 need to stabilize. These comedies should be resting just like Revolution does until The Voice returns. Too late for that but I am still kinda sure that both shows will make the cut for next year.

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