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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  • juliedawn

    OMG did not expect Cult to premiere that low. I watched it, was intrigued enough to watch again next week but not totally thrilled. Assuming it’s on next week!

  • eridapo

    The New Normal viewers might be wrong… I believe it is 2.83 Million instead of 3.5

  • Mart

    Yay! While ratings of NCIS twin dropped, Vegas managed to stay even and even beat a season premiere of BOP. I’m impressed!

  • Brian J

    I’m torn between thinking NBC will simply wipe the slate with most of its shows, especially its comedies, or whether it will want to save “Parks” because of strong critical reviews and “Go On” because it’s harder to launch so many shows at once. At this point, though, I think it’s safe to say there will be a lot of carnage.

    NBC really needs to find one other unscripted show besides “The Voice.” I’d said in the past it should be “Supermarket Sweep,” which would be cheap, fun, and marketed right, probably a huge hit. That could go on Wednesday nights at 8:00, Wednesday and Thursdays at 8:00, or even Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8:00. If it had that, it wouldn’t need to launch as many scripted shows at once, and it could rebuild its schedule more easily. We are still months away from the summer season, though, so perhaps there’s still time for them to do this.

    I’d say that they need to shorten “The Voice” to end at 9:30 and put a new comedy there next season. I think they should do this even if they get another reality hit. I’d also suggest they don’t put any comedies on Thursdays, unless they are going to let “Parks” have one final season, and focus on other, less competitive nights.

    Here’s how I’d like to see NBC’s schedule next season, with the caveat that I am not set on where “Parenthood” and/or “Chicago Fire” and ‘SVU” should go, if they return:


    8-9:30: The Voice
    9:30: New Comedy
    10:00: Revolution or a new drama


    8:00-9:00: The Voice
    9:00: Michael J. Fox’s comedy
    9:30: New Comedy
    10:00: Revolution/New Drama, or Parenthood*

    …and this is where it gets trickier, because if they could find another reality show that works, I’d put up a comedy block against “Modern Family.” If not, it might be best to put all dramas on the night. I could see a Wednesday line up composed of “Grimm,” “Bloodline,” “The Sixth Gun,” “The Blacklist.” I’d been saying for some time now “Grimm” should be moved to a new, more high profile night, and I could see it pairing well with a lot of the new dramas NBC has.

    And now it’s trickier, because as much as I think NBC needs to blow up Wednesdays, it really needs to reboot Thursdays. I love “Parks,” and I hope it gets another season, but where it might go isn’t clear. I think the best move for NBC on this might might be to wave the white flag until it can spread hits around. Depending on how much it does that, it might be best to let “Parks” have a final season, or to run with three dramas on this night. I could see three action/thriller dramas working here, or perhaps “Parenthood” and, say, “Hatfield & McCoys.”

    Which leads us to Friday and Saturday. NBC should aggressively program these nights, but what, exactly, might work best isn’t clear. Perhaps this is where “Parks” should go. Fridays could essentially be a testing ground for questionable shows that, should they work, could move to another night. If not, can NBC try to one up ABC with a family comedy night?

  • Steph

    Yay NCIS!

  • Michael

    Remember back in 1996, when NBC cancelled “JAG” (which spawned NCIS) and renewed “Caroline in the City” because retention rates were irrelevant and absolute numbers are the only thing that matter?

  • Sam

    lawl cult is dead. Bye bye

  • Dan

    Cult is a flop, its 13 and done. Same with Smash and Body of Proof. They will air all their episodes and be cancelled in May. 6.66…not good.

    Go On and The New Normal’s numbers look horrible but The Voice will boost their numbers and NBC will save Go On. No more comedy for NBC on Tuesdays.

  • TomZ

    Community did better than Go on! Community was against a 5.5 (from The big bang theory) and a 3.7 (from American Idol). NBC should put community on Tuesday instead of Go on or instead of The new normal!

  • Rebecca

    Enjoyed the Fox comedies last night, as usual. RH did a fine job with Arbor Day…the whole episode was fun. TNN was so so – I don’t like baby trouble and puppy death. Watching Smash online soon, as well as Go On and Cougar Town.

  • Samunto

    I think NBC had expected the comedies (mostly Go On) to keep some momentum and average close to 2.0. SMASH should have then hovered around mid to high 1s. I mean, we knew that the comedies would fall without The Voice but really not to a 1.1!!

  • Ethan

    Cult is DOA, cw looks even dumber for canceling TSC, NBC and abc look even dumber for entering smash and BOP…pretty much exactly how I predicted…on a side note I’m curious how TGW would be doing in its old Tuesday slot after the NCISs

  • Brian J


    I think “Parenthood” could go on for some time, because it’s got such a huge cast and isn’t relying on some seemingly limited premise, like “The Following.” But while it’s big and expensive, it’s also close to syndication. If NBC hasn’t sold the show into syndication already, can it fast track that and get it on the air quickly so that new viewers can see the show?

    It would be expensive, but I could see the logic in splitting the show up into two mini seasons, next year, with 15 episodes in the fall and 15 in the spring.

  • Sean


  • networkman

    NBC should really consider placing Hannibal on Tuesday @10pm. Go On should be moved to Thursday after The Office to see if it can grow after it. NBC should save so of the Off Their Rocker episodes so that it can continue to air when The Voice returns to serve as lead in for a comedy.

    8pm Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
    8:30 The New Normal/Save Me
    9pm The Voice:Results
    10pm Hannibal

    8pm Community
    8:30 Parks & Rec
    9pm The Office
    9:30 Go On
    10pm Fashion Star

  • Carl

    OOF for Cult. I wasn’t expecting that low.

    I must say though that, although I didn’t watch, I know people who wanted to watch and were then turned off by the promos.

    I like Alona Tai. If this show doesn’t last I hope she gets a good role somewhere.

    This seems like a low week for CW so far. Arrow seems to be recovering again, but with SPN having what seems like a very weird episode tonight and with some tiring of the return of brother conflicts, I won’t be surprised if they drop .2-.3 points.

  • Spencer

    Now…I still don’t see why Go On is more likely a renewal than TNN is. They are separated by a .1. Id say that TNN is more stable because even ugh The Voice lead in, go On was rather very high or dropping way down. TNN stayed somewhat consists t. Either NBC needs to just get rid of ALL it’s comedies or take DVR way into account.

  • Jesse

    With Betty’s shows being the last option out of the big four networks, who do you exactly expect GO and TNN to success? This is a college book case study. With The Voice: GO and TNN #1 for the night (Yes: last Fall). Without The Voice: GO and TNN #4 (When: now). Way to ruin two critically acclaimed comedies, NBC. You better give them both a second chance next year with BETTER scheduling.

  • BigBrotherFan

    When some of you idiots where yelling at me about HOW WRONG I WAS to predict SMASH would crash in the premire…all I have to say I was RIGHT!

    Then some of you where even so bold as to say that it would only go up from there and I PREDICTED A 0.9 for the second epiosde and I was RIGHT.


    Too bad about CULT i would of checked it out.
    Too bad for VEGAS I love it. It’s cheesey fun!
    MINDY IS A FUN SHOW but that British guy brings it down. He needs to go.
    GO ON is a charming comedy but MATTHEW PERRY tries too hard to come off as some succesful smooth playboy-TYPE when his face looks like a 60-year-old potatoe AND HIS MOOBS ARE HUGE..none of those babes would go for him!


  • Brian J


    Not that this would have turned it into a hit, but I suspect one of NBC’s bigger mistakes is not having scripted programming in this spot for years. Which is to say, NBC should have put “Community” on Tuesdays years ago, back when “TBL” was stronger.

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