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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.

 
  • Richard Steven Hack

    The reason I say BoP will go below 1.0, despite DWTS, is because the spring effect will kick in as well as general audience disapproval just like last season which will offset any DWTS lead-in.

    So the show can expect at LEAST a ten percent drop and more like 20 percent before it ends its run. It might just hover at 1.0 but I think it will drop to .9 if not lower by the end.

  • Ultima

    @CookyMonzta
    Again, why are they taking only 10 to the single-elimination rounds (instead of 12 or 13), and ending the show a week earlier (Thurs. 5/16/13) than last season (Wed. 5/23/12)? Because I don’t think they can afford 12 or 13, or that extra week (which would be Thurs. 5/23 this year)!

    Actually, it would be Wednesday 22 May this year. That might have been the issue; they may feel that it’s simply not worth moving it to Tuesday/Wednesday just so they can have another week of the show. Their entire schedule isn’t just Idol afterall.

    Also, the finals are starting a week later because they changed the format again – now the finals start when they used to.

    I think you’re reading way too much into it.

  • Ultima

    @Samuel
    The X Factor should do well this fall. There’s no way The Voice can have a fall season with the spring version finishing at the end of June.

    This is the same network that would only have two weeks between cycles of The Biggest Loser! ;)

    If they don’t do a fall cycle, the spring cycle probably won’t start until 24 February (unless they put it on hiatus for two weeks during the games).

    I can’t even imagine the disaster that would be the fall NBC schedule without it.

  • Ultima

    @The Old Man
    I’m pouring a double vodka, no ice in your honor!

    I’ll drink the same! Cheers!

  • CookyMonzta

    @THE OLD MAN
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM
    “I’m just leaving a comment to prove I was here, but I must say”

    @CookyMonzta
    “Don’t shoot Me! Just try to take 100M & divide by 60 & you have say 1.5M per ep. Just look at the numbers. AI could probably fall to a 1.5 & still be profitable. AI bucked the curve by lasting 12 years & FOX doesn’t lose the syndication deals. When AI is no longer profitable, FOX will pull the plug. You have an interesting theory on 2015, though.”

    The broadcast schedule looks like a 37-episode season this time around, which would be their narrowest schedule since the 1st season. Every season except the 1st and 10th seasons had at least 40 episodes; the 3rd season being the broadest with 44.

    Another nod to @Joe: I forgot about the Idols Live tour. That brings in good money, probably as high as $20 million. But once that is done, what of the contenders? Again, these days only the winner has any potential to be THE cash cow of the show, and everyone else is on their own.

  • Ultima

    @Leo
    what the hell is NBC doing with their Tues nights?

    Waiting for The Voice to come back?

    Speaking of which, they have nothing on the schedule for Tuesday 9pm during sweeps. If they did five weeks of auditions, that would be time for the second round or whatever of The Voice.

    They can’t really be thinking about four weeks of double two-hour episodes, can they? That’s bordering on Millionaire levels of ridiculousness. ;)

  • Mark3

    Wow dixie! O ya its getting renewed :)

  • Ultima

    @CookyMonzta
    The broadcast schedule looks like a 37-episode season this time around, which would be their narrowest schedule since the 1st season. Every season except the 1st and 10th seasons had at least 40 episodes; the 3rd season being the broadest with 44.

    But in terms of total hours, it will be 59.6 hours – the most ever (last season was 59.1 hours).

  • Noel

    I don’t think they will cancel Golden Boy, I mean it’s still doing better than most of the other shows during that hour. At least not this season. Hart of Dixie is doing really well, it will definitely stay.

  • Mark3

    Cant WAIT FOR THE BATES MOTEL SOO ON A@E. gonna be a huge it. Classic psycho movies Especially (part 2 and 3). Anyway its gonna rock! Totally off subject bybthe way

  • theCroup

    Idol costs have definitely gone up over the years with increasing salaries for the judges and host, but compared to a scripted show like Glee which apparently costs over $3m per 1 hr episode to produce, it’s probably still a bargain. It’s not as cheap as some reality programming like So You Think You Can Dance or Biggest Loser but it’s still comparatively cheap. Glee’s averaging a mid 2 (and still trending down) and has greatly reduced music sales and no recent live tour, but it’s still profitable and a strong performer for Fox.

    Who knows what Fox will look like in the coming seasons, but if ratings trends continue, Idol will survive another 3 seasons at least and they’d probably attempt to launch a reality show for selecting layperson Idol judges to keep the corpse alive before it’ll be canceled.

  • TVMAN

    FOX will keep IDOL as long as it can maintain above a low 2.’s for both nights… It will prob cut costs in upcoming seasons , but what do u expect, it’s in it’s 12th season & FOX shot IDOL is their foot when they put the dred-full X FACTOR on air. Doesn’t help that NBC is juicing THE Voice as much as they can.

  • Kitsune

    @Samuel:

    I’m talking about this season. American Idol’s produced maybe one, maybe two truly marketable performers every couple of years. Phillip Phillips is just one example, and even when I watched him on AI, he seemed to me to be bland and uninspired as every other Idol winner for the past five years.
    And this season seems to have no standouts. Nobody even remotely listenable.

    Versus the Voice this past season having standouts in literally everybody. All six of the final six, again, charted top tens on the iTunes, and the first guy out the door, Terry, already has a modest hit on the Rock charts, and he’s unsigned! Cassadee’s probably going to be successful once she gets her material out, and I’d be appalled if Nicholas, Melanie, and Amanda don’t have successful careers within their niches.

  • CookyMonzta

    @Ultima
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    “@CookyMonzta
    “‘The broadcast schedule looks like a 37-episode season this time around, which would be their narrowest schedule since the 1st season. Every season except the 1st and 10th seasons had at least 40 episodes; the 3rd season being the broadest with 44.’

    “But in terms of total hours, it will be 59.6 hours – the most ever (last season was 59.1 hours).”

    Interesting way to put it; and that is only because of their unnecessarily long results shows, an hour long when only a half-hour was sufficient.

    Did they just promise (once again) that they would cut the results shows down to a half-hour this year? They will break that promise and stretch it out to an hour or even an hour and a half. Count on it! If they’re really desperate, they’ll go the full 2 hours, and try to get as many A- or B-list celebrities to visit or perform, to fill those 2 hours. Either that, or there will be a lot of dead air (that is, meaningless banter).

  • Gillian

    So please about HoD. It’s not the greatest show, but it’s refreshingly happy and charming and a breath of fresh air with all these endless procedurals and genre series. It’s always been a bit of a poor relation compared to other shows on the CW, it’s had stuff all promotion this year and not that much last, so it’s nice to see it just hanging on in there regardless.

    It has a long hiatus now, so I’d expect a drop off perhaps, but there are only 5 episodes left, so I’d be surprised if it really tanks, as most of the fan base have moved around as and when things have changed over and will know when it’s due back on.

    Hope to see a likely renewal note next to it shortly.

  • Michael1

    @Kitsune

    “American Idol’s produced maybe one, maybe two truly marketable performers every couple of years.”

    Which Idol contestants have been “marketable” since 2005? I hope you’re not counting either Katherine McPhee or Jennifer Hudson. NBC’s attempt to market them has gone down in flames. Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have strong careers, but that’s about it. And none of the people I just mentioned have been on since 2005.

  • Ultima

    @CookyMonzta
    Interesting way to put it; and that is only because of their unnecessarily long results shows, an hour long when only a half-hour was sufficient.

    The results shows have been an hour long since the middle of the 2007 season.

    The performance shows have gradually expanded from always being one hour long (excluding the premiere) to always being two hours long now (excluding the final week).

    Did they just promise (once again) that they would cut the results shows down to a half-hour this year?

    No? I don’t follow that kind of stuff much, but I haven’t seen any hint in their scheduling in the past several years that they have even considered shortening the results show. The second night of Idol has been paired with hour long dramas since 2009.

  • Michael

    Horrible episode of Body of Proof last night. Dana Delaney’s character has become unbearable. Feel back for Mark Valley, who is great in everything he does but is stuck on this (hopefully) last season of this show.

  • Marc

    Body of the Proof’s overhaul went well beyond cast changes. Almost surreal watching the first few episodes. Either way, the ABC Tuesday lineup is getting creamed by their Friday lineup. That is not good….

  • Marc

    Jennifer Hudson IS NOT a star. She is not a movie star, a singing star, or a TV star. The media and entertainment industry keep trying to make her happen (sorta like Lena Dunham) but most people don’t have her on their faves list. Her singing career is flat… no true hit albums. This is why she is on a crappy NBC show and does weight watchers commercials.

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