TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Splash' Premiere Strong, 'NCIS' Falls But Wins Night, 'New Girl' & 'Smash' Down, 'Golden Boy' Up

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March 20th, 2013

Splash Premiere

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/7 2.0/6 2.0/6 1.4/4 0.9/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.8/6 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 14.980 4.267 8.878 3.519 2.942 0.802


CBS was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, NCIS earned a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating down 9 percent from a 3.4 for its most recent new episode on March 5.  NCIS: Los Angeles garnered a 2.8 among adults 18-49 even with its performance on March 5. Golden Boy earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating up 13 percent from last week’s 1.5.

On ABC, the series premiere of Splash garnered a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating up 13 percent from a 2.3  for the seeries premiere of Celebrity Wife Swap on January 3, 2012. Your predictions were way too pessimistic. It was ABC’s biggest unscripted debut in more than two years and the network’s best performance in the time period since October 18, 2011. Dancing With The Stars: Exclusive First Look earned a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, up 5 percent from a 2.0 for last spring’s DWTS: the Story So Far on March 27, 2012. Body of Proof scored a season high 1.5 adults 18-49 rating up 25 percent from last week’s 1.2.

On FOX, Hell’s Kitchen scored a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating down 5 percent from a 2.1 for last week’s premiere. New Girl scored a 2.2 among adults 18-49 down 4 percent from a 2.3 for its last original episode on February 26. The Mindy Project garnered a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating even with its last original episode on February 26.

On NBC, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers notched a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 23 percent from a 1.3 for its last original 8PM episode on February 26. A second episode at 8:30 garnered a 1.1 up 22 percent from last week’s 0.9. Go On earned a series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 9 percent from two weeks ago. The New Normal scored a series low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating down 22 percent from March 5. Smash matched its series low with a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating down 11 percent from last week’s 0.9.

On the CW, the special The iHeartRadio Album Release Party With Justin Timberlake scored a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating versus Hart of Dixie’s 0.6 in the time period on February 26.


Broadcast primetime ratings for March 19, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.1/10 19.09
ABC Splash 2.6/8 8.80
FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.0/6 4.85
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.0/3 3.71
CW iHeart Radio Album Release w/Justin Timberlake 0.4/1 1.08
8:30 NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.1/3 3.70
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.8/8 16.59
FOX New Girl 2.2/6 4.20
ABC Dancing With the Stars 2.1/6 9.58
NBC Go On 1.0/3 2.86
CW Beauty and the Beast - R 0.2/0 0.53
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project 1.7/4 3.16
NBC The New Normal 0.7/2 2.10
10:00 CBS Golden Boy 1.7/5 9.26
ABC Body of Proof 1.5/4 8.25
NBC Smash 0.8/2 2.65

via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:
In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.2/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, 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" (1.1/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). 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 0.7/3 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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  • Kate

    Looks like ratings were down all around last night. Could it be because of the extensive hiatus’ a lot of the shows came back from last night? (and the rest of the week as well)

  • BigBrotherFan

    I though TNN and Go On where repeats last night? DAMMIT!!!!
    I really hope GOLDEN BOY continues to do bad because that show is beyond awful.
    Really surprised at SPLASH and @JON I agree 100% with your comment.
    Hell’s Kitchen doing okay but this really is A SUMMER SHOW and I’m sick of ramsey now. The show is so much same old same old.
    Another 0 share for the CW…LOOK BEASTIES HAHA

  • Cougar Town Forever

    Again, BWOTR wins the night for NBC. I thinkl Jay Leno is being way to soft on the executives at NBC.

    ABC has got some problems. They used to count on DWTS to anchor the network. Doesn’t look like that is going to happen anymore. Thursday is still doing OK for them, but they have to be getting about the rest of the week going forward. DWTS is dying, and rather quickly.

  • Wowza

    The New Normal got cancelled today? Officially yes.

  • Sergio

    dont worry splash will splash in the next 4 weeks

  • Robsten_Fan

    Smash is Done… :(

  • Baqinardo

    The New Normal really doesnt deserve The Voice’s lead.

  • a p garcia

    NCIS: RED didn’t impress me. They need to train under Gibbs-not Hattie.

  • Andrea

    Splash is an international hit, so it’s ratings are not surprising.

    Theo James just got a plumb role in some Hunger Games series, and the tweens probably stayed up to watch. I’m thinking that and BOP will be adjusted down a tenth in the finals?

  • Grey

    I’m surprised they haven’t brought back “Battle of the Network Stars.” It was on par with “DWTS” and stuff like “Splash.”

  • Samunto

    If Body Of Proof can maintain around that 1.5 or 1.6 ABC will renew it.
    Suprised by Splash ratings!

  • Pinkle

    So Splash actually did something. Everyone on this site thought it was gonna get less than 1.5 (myself included).

    Go On and The New Normal should be cancelled. I don’t know how NBC thinks that a comedy that gets 1.0 is going to help anywhere else on this schedule because that Tuesday hour of comedies will NOT be there next year.

    NCIS: LA did pretty well given the fact that this was the pilot for the RED spinoff. I think CBS will pick it up.

    Smash is dead show walking.

  • Petar Ivanov

    shocking how bad 10 pm hour is on tuesday. Open door for good shows. Or for good reality. Ready for love may be……..

  • charmedcraft

    I guessed right for Splash. We all know Lou should have gone home (the judging isn’t fair), but I do like the diving.

  • michael

    Golden Boy may buck the odds and get a renewal—if so, good bye VEGAS and CSI: NY. Now that it has a syndication deal, THE GOOD WIFE is a lock for renewal for season 5.

  • Wowza

    DAncing is super low already. Wow.

  • Fred

    I’m not proud to admit I am one of the few that predicted a 2.5-2.6 for SPLASH. But it will sink next week, for sure.

  • Tommy

    Go Body of Proof!

  • CBS makes me happy

    @ steph. Agreed

  • ToXiX


    I really hope you get ran over by Prius

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