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Tuesday Final Ratings: 'American Idol', 'NCIS', 'Smash' & 'Body of Proof' Adjusted Up

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March 6th, 2013

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American Idol, NCIS, Smash, and Body Of Proof were each adjusted up a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Tuesday broadcast ratings.

Broadcast primetime final ratings for Tuesday, March 5:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.5/10 11.72
CBS NCIS 3.4/10 20.81
ABC Celebrity Wife Swap 1.5/4 4.14
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers - R 1.0/3 3.56
CW Hart Of Dixie 0.6/2 1.50
8:30 NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.1/3 3.56
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.8/7 16.24
ABC The Taste 1.2/3 3.19
NBC Go On 1.1/3 3.07
CW Beauty And The Beast - R 0.3/1 0.73
9:30 NBC The New Normal 0.9/2 2.44
10:00 CBS Golden Boy 1.6/5 9.40
ABC Body Of Proof 1.3/4 6.59
NBC Smash 0.8/2 2.68

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Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • Samunto

    Really nice ep of BoP last night. Esp that last scene! Yes I know I had said I’ll stop watching after the horrible 2part Premiere but this was better than the two.

  • Ultima

    @Jay Raskin
    Because of the expenses involved in producing the show, Fox is probably still above but close to the break-even point at 3.5. If it drifts any lower Fox will have to cancel the show.

    American Idol is significantly cheaper than scriptd programming. It’s still very profitable for FOX.

  • sean

    Smash went up from a 0.7 to a 0.8….guess it’s better than a kick in the crotch from a steel-toed boot.

    Say sayonara, kids. No season three for you

  • zth

    Hmm, I think American Idol will increase tonight, given the lack of any competition. I predict a 3.7. It will NOT win the night, tho, overall, as Duck Dynasty might hit a 4.0. That’s especially impressive considering it’s at 10PM.

  • Dawg

    Ultima, At least get your numbers right/straight. Second time that you’re wrong..

    Without the 16.3 it would’ve averaged a 4.4

    It’s not trending down because the live shows have all been higher rated than the previous seasons including the final. Had season 2 been longer i.e. more eps than I’m sure they would’ve averaged lower than season 3.

  • Ultima

    @NBC Fan
    I thought The Voice Mondays averaged a 4.4 and Tuesdays a 4.3

    Voice Monday – 4.4 (by hour and by episode)

    Voice Tuesday – 4.2 (by hour), 4.1 (by episode)

    The overall averaged, weighted by hour, was 4.2 – it’s brought down by the lower rated Wednesday and Thursday airings.

  • Lainey

    Yay HART OF DIXIE!! Should we congratulate HOD on seasons 3 & 4 now or…

    Although not impressive numbers it’s held solid, DECENT numbers since it’s pilot… it’s cheap to make and it’s never had a real lead in. It’s just fun and happy which is refreshing. I can totally see this being the new 7th Heaven/ One Tree Hill.

  • Ultima

    @Dawg
    Without the 16.3 it would’ve averaged a 4.4

    The per hour average, without the Super Bowl episode, is 4.6.

  • Mayans

    Idol and The Voice are both doing good. It’s XFactor that they need to get rid.

  • s0303

    shows how good the biggest loser is doing for nbc…did double on monday what any of the nbc tuesday shows did :)

  • Melissa

    @Ultima

    Both shows are trending down. It remains to be seen if Idol is falling fast enough for The Voice to actually beat it (for the season – obviously it beat it for several weeks already last season).

    The Voice‘s season three Monday average was well above the second half of its second season (after the Super Bowl boost had worn off, let’s say when it dipped below 5.0 on 3/19/12), and its Tuesday average was actually up 10%. Also, the finale for the third season was a “finale high” for the show as well. I wouldn’t say the show is trending down, maybe not trending up, but certainly stable. This upcoming season will tell us if the show has more growing to do, or if it has already peaked (I predict it has).

  • Ultima

    @Dawg
    It’s not trending down because the live shows have all been higher rated than the previous seasons including the final. Had season 2 been longer i.e. more eps than I’m sure they would’ve averaged lower than season 3.

    Fine, just look at Mondays then.

    Winter/Spring 2012 – 14 Monday episodes (28 hours) – 4.8 average

    Fall 2013 – 15 Monday episodes (27.5 hours) – 4.4 average

    You can make all of the excuses you want, but the show is not on an upwards rating trend. You’re going to be shocked when it premieres down in a few weeks, but I doubt you’ll be around to eat crow for it.

    I’ll be here though.

  • Kate

    Gee ‘NCIS’ pounds it’s chest at getting 20 million live viewers, oh it’s so great, but gee didn’t ‘CSI’ during the William Peterson seasons average weekly 26 to 27 million live viewers and hum if they had used a skewed DVR number like they use now to boost ‘NCIS’ numbers to 25 million, ‘CSI’ would have had 30 million viewers.

    I think it’s funny it took ‘NCIS’ 10 seasons to be the #1 show in the country, where ‘Rosanne’ was #1 during it’s first season averaging 21 million viewers, and as mentioned I believe ‘CSI’ was the #1 show for about 3 seasons in a row, with a 26 million view ranking and it had ‘NBC’s must see TV up against it on Thursday nights, could anybody please tell me what is up against the might ‘NCIS’ at 8PM on a Tuesday that folks will flick the channel. Nothing!!!!!!!!! But it think it’s funny that ‘Ducky Dynasty’ had a higher 18-49 Demo number than both ‘Idol’ & ‘NCIS’ last week and it’s a cable show LOL.

  • Kitsune

    Why’s it so hard to believe that TheVoice could trend up? The show was steady as a stone and had buzzworthy talent last season. It did trend down a little in the live shows but rebounded quite strongly by the end. The point is, people were tuning in and they stuck with the show all season. Why would it be unreasonable to think they won’t be back in the spring? It’s not like Idol which is bleeding viewers every season.

  • Ultima

    @Kate
    Gee ‘NCIS’ pounds it’s chest at getting 20 million live viewers, oh it’s so great, but gee didn’t ‘CSI’ during the William Peterson seasons average weekly 26 to 27 million live viewers

    The Cosby Show had 63 million viewers – all these newfangled shows can suck it! ;)

    I believe ‘CSI’ was the #1 show for about 3 seasons in a row

    CSI was only #1 once.

    Going back to 2000 – Millionaire, Survivor, Friends, CSI, American Idol (8 times), Sunday Night Football, ???

    NCIS might beat out Sunday Night Football this season (it’s currently #1), but SNF is done while NCIS has a whole lot of spring left.

  • CookyMonzta

    @Ultima
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 2:55 PM
    “‘@Jay Raskin
    Because of the expenses involved in producing the show, Fox is probably still above but close to the break-even point at 3.5. If it drifts any lower Fox will have to cancel the show.’

    “American Idol is significantly cheaper than scriptd programming. It’s still very profitable for FOX.”

    How much are they paying the judges? How much are they paying Ryan Seacrest? Last I heard, it was $15 million this year. How much are they paying the house band? How much are they paying the guest performers and celebrities? How much are they paying for the video montages, video profiles of the contenders and group music videos? How much did they pay for the various studio/stage sets and props they built for their audition locations and performance stages? How much did they pay for security at the audition venues? And how much did they pay to fly over 200 auditioners to Hollywood, and to put them in hotels during the course of their continuing auditions?

    Cheap, you say? I seriously doubt it. Significantly cheap? ABSOLUTE BALDERDASH! Most scripted shows that I remember, from years past, take place in a single studio or, at most, a single city, and the action is quite confined. And room and board was not as much a mandate as it is for Idol. At one point, Star Trek/The Next Generation cost $1 million per episode. I would imagine it never cost more than that for ST/Enterprise. Idol is definitely bleeding far more money than that! It cost more than that for the salaries of Ryan and Mariah combined!

    I agree with Jay, that this show is reaching a critical threshold. Do I think they risk cancelation after THIS season? No. Again, my rule of thumb for such a legendary show is this: When its viewership declines to its first season levels, that is when retirement must be its only option. I give it another 2 years.

  • Ultima

    @CookyMonzta
    Cheap, you say? I seriously doubt it. Significantly cheap? ABSOLUTE BALDERDASH!

    CHEAPER THAN.

    As in a comparison.

    Can you not read?

    American Idol is CHEAPER THAN scripted programming.

    At one point, Star Trek/The Next Generation cost $1 million per episode.

    Are you serious? That’s a first run syndication program that ended TWENTY years ago! Why would you think it’s production cost is in any way relevant today?

  • MichaelChickless

    Go NCIS!

  • Kitsune

    Also, using averages to suggest a trend is silly and does NOT tell the whole story. Let’s look at just the Monday shows:

    S2: 6.7->6.0->6.0->5.4->6.2->5.2->4.6->4.5->4.1->4.0->3.7->3.8->3.5->3.8
    S3: 4.2->4.7->4.4->4.6->4.8->4.3->4.8->4.5->4.4->3.7->4.2->3.9->3.8->4.2

    Ignoring the inflated first half of Season 2, the two seasons follow very similar trajectories, but Season 3 succeeds at a) Keeping its premiere numbers in its final Monday numbers / b) Beating its premiere numbers REGULARLY and c) Never shedding more than a half a ratings point from its premiere.

    It also did not drop off in ratings during the battle rounds, which happened in Season 2. It stayed steady throughout, save for the slight dropoff in the end.

  • Bob

    I love the new judges on American Idol. This is my first time watching since 2007 and it’s so much better especially with the new format.

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