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.

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  • Ram510

    Those number for Body of Proof are low, especially considering its lead in, but that whole hour was low. I think if BoP can rebound by its finale like it did last season and start winning the hour, it has a shot at another season. ABC seems like they really want to keep a couple procedurals around

  • Ted Craig


    The difference is H50 was coming down from higher ratings, while BoP is picking up where it left off.

  • charmedcraft

    2 bad 4 cult, its not bad. I think people just didnt give it a chance plus poor lead in.

  • Billy

    NBC last week averaged a 1.3 rating. Only 3 of its shows made the top *30*: Biggest Loser, The Office & Chicago Fire.

    Just terrible.

  • SS

    I find both HOD and Cult to be entertaining. Maybe more people should give the CW a shot instead of just assuming it is all bad.

  • Shana

    Yes bring Alaric back to TVD Elena needs him…

  • RyanCanada

    omg im so mad, I actually really enjoyed Cult, and i wanted it to succeed. smh and all yall that didnt watch it, i DVR’d BOP and i will watch that tonight sometime, Smash ratings are dissapointing, the show is so well done, and deserves the ratings, i guess it really relied on The Voice lead in….

  • Barbie


    “And NBC is doing AWFUL.”

    Yesterday. Today they have Chicago Fire, and they’ll be either match CBS or be a tick down CSI and be ahead of ABC’s Nashville ;)

  • Adam

    Why would they let Cult premiere after HoD? They don’t even share the same type of fans. At least they should’ve let it premiere after Arrow or TVD and then mov it to tuesdays. Stupid CW.

  • Mart

    NCIS-LA is not looking good.

  • Chelle

    Too soon to start the ‘Bring back Emily Owens’ campaign? I miss that show so much …

  • Joe

    Ouch for Hart of Dixie, I really hope it adjusts up :( I still think it has a better shot to be renewed over the other bubble shows, though.

    And yikes for NBC, I don’t even know why Smash was renewed in the first place :\

  • Just

    My guess for renewal: Nikita, Beauty and the Beast (moved to fridays) and Hart of Dixie (closer to syndication)

    cancellation: 90210, Cult and Carrie

  • Mi
  • Shepherd

    I actually thought that Vegas would manage to climb a bit, but it still won its time-slot!! lol, That says a lot about it’s competition!

    I knew that BOP would never match its finale numbers, and guessed that it would fall somewhere near its spring averages (1.4-ish), but I never expected a series low. Totally deserving for that show though, what a joke!

    I forgot that Smash adjusted up last week and I guessed a .8. A .9 is still pathetic. Considering that Touch airs on Fridays, its hard to determine which show’s renewal was a worse decision; as if it matters! I hope The Bear has a good personal trainer!

    I had no idea how Cult would do and I ended up guessing very high! I just really wanted to see Smash lose to this CW premier! LOL.

    The Taste seems t have leveled out; maybe ABC will use it as Friday filler next year. I have no idea what’s considered acceptable for these reality shows anymore.

  • xRockStarz

    CW should just fire Schwartz, Safran etc… And they should NEVER EVER buy a new show from Fake Empire. Everything they have are just huge flops these days and they both are horrible showrunners.

    I really liked Cult, the entire cast, the story etc…, but the execution was sometimes really poorly. The execution could have been handled better… I just hope they let Cult run until his end and the producers can give the fans “closure”.

  • Rachel

    The CW should just give up.

  • Samunto

    Cult is soo dead. Now, since new shows normally drop about 20% in the 2nd week will we see a 0.1/0 next week??? LOL
    SMASH is certain to be cancelled.

    Body of Proof will also sink to around a 0.9 next week. What a bad episode! These retoolings are nonsense!

  • dr.dre

    Poor CW. Some execs must be on the chopping block. If TSC was still on the air it would be one of its highest rated shows — they made some really poor decisions last year.

  • kat

    Yikes for Cult. The show was OK, not amazing but had potential and I’ll keep watching as long as it airs for Alona Tal. But really, ouch. I suppose it’s possible it might rise a little next week, as this first episode has been available for a week online and that may have cut into the audience. But I doubt it’s going to rise enough to make a difference. It’s a bad timeslot, an incompatible lead in, and for a show that’s so meta about fan involvement they really crapped out on the marketing potential.

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