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.

  • psychic

    Oh, jeez, Smash.
    Gone, baby, gone.

  • Dan S

    I was wrong about Cult. Apparently having HOD before it is a deal breaker. I haven’t seen it yet but from what I hear it can be a bit complex to follow. I thought it might be a good successor to Supernatural but this show isn’t it. How low does Smash go before it’s yanked from the schedule ? Too bad Vegas couldn’t go up in light of its weak competition at 10pm.

  • panda22

    TVD fans are not selfish, they called Cult being a flop and they killed off Matt davis just to give him his own show….so?, it could fail and get cancelled?

    Great job CW/Julie Plec…you screwed the fans out of a very popular character for nothing!

  • Joel

    Go On down 15%
    TNN 9%
    Smash 25%

    Smash is in big trouble. Nothing new. Not so much for TNN. This show is easy-going. It keeps retaining most of its lead-in audience. It even increases in million viewers. Its DVR increase percentages are also higher than those of Go On. And the drop without The Voice has been much more significant for Go On. So, I don’t see how Go On is likely renewal and TNN is likely cancellation? Clearly TNN normal depends on what you put in front of it. Get The Voice back.

  • Reven8ger


    “”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 ”

    Wow, a show who can do 2.0, amazing! Never seen a show having more then a 2.0 !

  • rob60990

    “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?”

    Hard to predict since it’s a reality show but I won’t be surprised if it comes back.

  • s0303

    the promos for cult were horrible and i’m sure didn’t help the show…i didn’t decide to check out the show until i saw a youtube video reviewing the show and found out about the show within a show plot…never would have guessed that by the commercials…

  • Serial Rocker


    Wow, you really have a grasp on the entirely fictional, don’t you!

  • NeNe Leakes

    Blonk at the New Normal ratings. I am glad I am just renting in Los Angeles.

  • RandyL

    More than half of the scripted shows that aired last night deserve to be cancelled.

  • cas

    I wonder if some of Cult’s problem is people watched it online and before the premiere? Also, I really wanted to watch Smash this season but after seeing the low numbers I decided not to. Which I am pretty confused about, because before the show premiered a couple weeks ago, all I read was positive things about the retooling of it.

  • Brianna

    The whole night for NBC is bad no wonder Smash isn’t doing well.

  • Matt

    NBC did everything wrong this year, except for the Fall season. They should have kept middle season for what it is, and save shows like GO, TNN, Smash and even Do no harm for Spring. Now Smash will probably get cancelled. As for GO and TNN it’s a real toss up. While the shows can’t perform great without The Voice, I am sure NBC will have learned the lesson and will hopefully make a better schedule next year. Both shows were the “in” thing last Fall. All NBC has to do is repeat the momentum.

  • Amy

    @ panda22 I don’t like the way JP runs TVD either, but you can’t blame her for Matt Davis leaving. He wanted to leave to be in a lead in Cult. Hopefully if Cult gets cancelled they can figure out a way to bring Alaric back if Matt Davis wants to return.

  • Craig

    They are killing Smash with this terrible lead in, move the damn show

  • Rick Garr

    weird – you don’t even watch the show and in here you say the show is bad (likely happen if particular show rating bad)?

    and for those who still cannot accept the truth about cancellation of any particular shows, please stop!! it’s just stupid and worthless. when a show been canceled. it means canceled! aceept it and MOVE ON!!!

  • networkman

    NBC had to expect these results. Many of us knew that Smash would perform horribly after the weak new comedies of Go On and The New Normal. It was on a decline towards the end of last season and viewers certainly are not interested in its return.

    These new comedies on NBC are really poor. If Community can get back to at least mid 1’s it really should return for a 5th season.

    Lastly, I can’t believe Vegas won the timeslot with a 1.5 I really wish H5O was in that timeslot, it would dominate being in the mid 2’s. Does any network want to claim this timeslot? Tuesday @10pm is ripe for the taking. NBC had it on lock until Parenthood ended. Still with weak competition, a strong quality program should be able to garner 2’s consistently.

  • Kat

    Looks like NCIS is on its way to having 21+million viewers for the fifth straight episode!!! Way to go NCIS!!!

  • Michael

    Instead of casting “American Idol” constetants on “Smash,” how about casting contestants from “The Voice?” Maybe do some cross-overs?

  • Ateofi

    Both NCIS shows kill Tuesday – again. Other shows are just apetizers. NBC is praying for the return of The Voice, network is dead without it. Cult of DoA – another flop by CW.

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