TV Ratings Tuesday: 'The Voice' Soars, 'The New Normal' Rises, 'Dancing With the Stars', 'Smash' & 'The Mindy Project' Down

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April 3rd, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/7 1.7/5 1.6/5 1.6/5 1.4/4 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.0/3 1.6/5 1.5/5 0.8/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.981 9.331 3.727 3.812 9.544 0.690


NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice notched a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 5 percent from last week’s 4.1. Your predictions were  about right. The New Normal scored a 1.9 at 9PM matching Go On’s performance in the time period last week. At 9:30, the season (and perhaps series) finale of The New Normal garnered a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 8 percent from last week’s 1.3. Smash earned a 0.9 down 10 percent from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Splash garnered a series low 1.4 down 18 percent from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Dancing With The Stars  earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 8 percent from last week’s  2.4. Body of Proof scored a 1.5 down 6 percent from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Hell’s Kitchen scored a 1.9  down 5 percent from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Mindy Project garnered a 1.4 down 7 percent from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Golden Boy earned a 1.3 down 7 percent from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, for its lowest rated Tuesday yet. It scored a 1.0 in its sole Friday airing.

Broadcast primetime ratings for April 2, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice 4.3/13 13.61
FOX Hell's Kitchen 1.9/6 4.74
CBS NCIS - R 1.4/4 10.88
ABC Splash 1.4/4 5.71
CW Hart of Dixie - R 0.3/1 0.75
9:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars 2.2/6 13.60
NBC The New Normal 1.9/5 4.97
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles - R 1.6/4 10.02
FOX New Girl - R 1.3/4 2.75
CW Beauty and the Beast - R  0.2/0  0.63
9:30 NBC The New Normal - Season Finale 1.4/4 3.56
FOX The Mindy Project 1.4/4 2.68
10:00 ABC Body of Proof 1.5/4 8.68
CBS Golden Boy 1.3/4 7.73
NBC Smash 0.9/3 3.07

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," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; 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,” 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.2/2 with an encore).
  • 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.



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  • Birthday Boy, Michael

    I really hope Christina and Ceelo never come back. Sadly, they’ll be returning next season! Besides, his bizarre choices of wardrobe, Ceelo brought nothing to the table. Half of the times, he seemed out of it completely and not interested. As for Xtina, she gave great advice during the rounds battle, but her personality isn’t warming, not likeable, and she can be very bitchy to the contestants.

  • Ultima

    That’s true, the best comparison is all of the year-to-year numbers, including the first episodes after the Superbowl. But those numbers were, in many ways, inflated.

    It’s fair to discount the post-Super Bowl episode as well as the episode the following night. Those numbers are obviously inflated by the Super Bowl.

    However, the 6.0s it started getting are not. It had a high of 5.7 its first season, so 5s and 6s could be reasonably expected.

    Excluding the 6.7 and looking only at the Monday airings (which is all that’s available for a apples-to-apples comparison), we get…

    Season 1 – 4.7

    Season 2 – 4.7

    Season 3 – 4.4 (both fall only and fall+spring)

    Sure, the first two weeks are 4.8 and 4.7, which are “up,” but they’re way down from the first two weeks last winter/spring.

  • Birthday Boy, Michael

    I don’t blame Adam to continuously flirt with Shakira, lol. However, calm down buddy, she’s taken!

  • Birthday Boy, Michael

    Dear Ultima,

    You should really apply for a job position on this website!

  • Fred

    Crazy how the Tuesday edition of DWTS was the same as Monday’s. I think this happened last week as well
    Tuesday used to always lose a chunk of viewers.

  • Ash

    @Birthday Boy, Michael

    I too am loving the new judges this season but with the ratings up from the fall, I wouldn’t be too surprised if they decide to keep Usher and Shakira. It’s Hollywood after all, and the fans seem to really like Usher and Shakira

  • PurpleDrazi

    @PurpleDrazi, I’m thrilled to hear China Beach is on DVD. I never thought it would be, with the music issues. I wonder how they worked those out. I thought the show sort of lost itself, but the first two seasons and the finale were very very strong, and what a cast – Dana, Marg, Robert Picardo, Brian Wimmer, Concetta Tomei, etc.

    I didn’t think it would ever be released either or that they would release it with different music from the original. But somehow they managed to get it done. I made sure to double check and the description specifically says “contains X hours of original music from the series.” I think right now they are only selling it as a boxed set of the entire series but I haven’t done much investigating. I just found out last night.

    There were so many good actors and actresses on that show. Dana and Marg especially. Every time I see Dana struggle her way through a poorly written scene on BOP I cringe and think wistfully of China Beach.

  • Tommy Mickens

    Adam wrote: Most people here thought The Voice would flop with Usher and Shakira, but the opposite happened. Most people here thought TNN wouldn’t be able to raise even after The Voice, but the opposite happened. Most people here are thinking TNN will be cancelled. Well, guess what?

    Yes! This is the truth!

  • Ultima

    @Tommy Mickens
    Who is this SARA BIBEL and why is she doing such a bad job? Not fixing mistakes or reading comments alerting her to mistakes. I already said she needs to fix the 9:00 hour.

    And if I were her, I would fix my mistake when I saw your first comment and then I would ban you when I saw your second.

    People make mistakes and they usually get fixed around here. There’s no need to be a jackass about it.

  • Bette

    Too bad I am not a Nielsen Member the 3 shows I watched last Night were down.

  • Ultima

    You should really apply for a job position on this website!

    Why would Bill or Robert pay me when I’m clearly willing to mock and school people for free? ;)

  • Birthday Boy, Michael


    Touché! Lol, you’re incredibly knowledgeable on the subject matter!

  • bjssp


    As I said yesterday, NBC actually has a lot of open real estate, and that’s before you get into Sundays in the spring. They could put dramas into two of three slots out of Thursdays at 10:00 and Fridays at 8:00 and 10:00 and still have a slot left over for a news magazine. Assume it kept its comedy schedule the same and renewed 4 out of 7 of its comedies (assuming Up All Night is done, which it is) and that the Michael J. Fox show goes on in the fall, which it will. That still leaves open 3 slots for new comedies.

    All of this is before we factor in that at least two out of four of those comedies could easily get shortened seasons, allowing NBC to plug something new into their slots in the spring.

  • Tommy

    Does anyone know the 1/2 hour ratings?

  • Fred

    I have a feeling ABC will renew Body of Proof.
    Dana Delany is fantastic.
    Also loved her in China Beach and Desperate Housewives.

  • Ultima

    Does anyone know the 1/2 hour ratings?

    via Marc Berman

    ABC – 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.3, 1.5, 1.4

    CBS – 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 1.4, 1.2

    NBC – 3.9, 4.7, 1.9, 1.4, 1.0, 0.9

    FOX – 1.9, 1.9, 1.3, 1.4

    CW – 0.3, 0.2, 0.2, 0.2

  • Rebecca

    They wouldn’t say “series finale” before a show aired….only for something like The Office or 30 Rock, whose series finales have/had been announced in advance. So they wouldn’t advertise TNN’s show last night ahead of time as being its series finale. It just might turn out to be, but we might not know until May’s upfronts.

    Also, not liking TNN if you’re gay doesn’t necessarily mean you’re against gay marriage. It means it’s just not your type of comedy or you prefer to watch something else while it’s on. IMO it’s mediocre, on par with Whitney – I watch both shows and like them, but there are comedies I like more. I’m heterosexual and that doesn’t mean I have to like all the hetero shows on the air (I like a lot of them but certainly not all of them), so surely all the gay people out there don’t HAVE to love TNN. So give them a break if they don’t. And I’m pro gay marriage (moderate, liberal conservative unaffiliated politics-wise here), unlike my spouse. Anyway, I thought the series/season finale was good.

  • Tommy Mickens

    Ultima wrote: Yes, but NBC doesn’t just air sitcoms. Their dramas and unscripted programming are doing much better than their comedies.

    The logical conclusion is that NBC is going to cut back on their sitcom hours. They started the year five hours of sitcoms on the schedule and will only have two hours over the final seven weeks (and half of that is The Office, which is ending).

    LOL, I can’t believe you’re using the excuse of “we should compare the sitcoms against the dramas”. Everyone knows the networks have niches – dramas, sitcoms, reality, etc. – and base their renewals on the best rated of each niche. So your saying to also look at drama numbers holds absolutely no weight.

    Now, to your second paragraph, yes I could see that. But it’s not necessarily so. That’s just one possibility and it’s not “THE logical conclusion”. There’s been many seasons where there’s been lackluster ratings for X niche on a network but they don’t cut back on X niche’s hours in exchange for more hours for Y niche. They may, they may not. NBC likes sitcoms and always have, and it’s not like this is the first season of dismal for NBC.

    If you ignore the 0.7 and the 1.9, then The New Normal is the second lowest rated sitcom on NBC after 1600 Penn.

    Maybe you are saying for second-half-of-the-season numbers? But what about the entire season? I tried to find numbers and can’t (off topic – WHY does wikipedia only include total viewer numbers? So stupid. It should really be standard for them to include the demo too, since there’s no other place to easily try to look up entire-season demo info for a show).

    If it is only second-half of the season, then again, it plays into my argument about Betty White – they threw Go On and TNN to the wolves airing after Betty White. Even Whitney had it better than that. They were hoping the pairing might work but it didn’t. Now that it’s not after Betty White anymore, it recovered.

    Since you pull out so many numbers, can you pull out the numbers for the entire season of The New Normal? That is what NBC will be looking at. Didn’t this site used to use entire season and just started now only counting second-half of the season? Kind of silly to me but apparently they think it’s a better predictor. But I think it’s going to bite them on the butt in this case.

    If they’d still been using entire season, TNN would be higher I think (from what I vaguely remember of TNN doing well in the fall) and everyone here wouldn’t be having this hive-mind TNN deathwish just because it happened to do bad after a 90 year old woman’s show while all other NBC sitcoms are flailing too.

    Your argument though that NBC could cut back on comedy hours is a valid one though, but that still wouldn’t doom TNN, looking at how much NBC seems to like it. The way I see it, you have Parks and Recreation that’s of course coming back next fall, then you have Community which has a good chance of renewal because of deals to get it another season for syndication reasons (and its numbers against NBC’s falling sitcoms could warrant a renewal outright), but then after that you have the swamp. For some reason, you guys are hellbent on thinking TNN is “certain” cancellation when that’s obviously not the case. It’s a toss-up with the others and if you can’t see that then you need your vision checked.

    Personally, my bets would be on P&R, Community, TNN, Whitney and Go On ALL being renewed, some for shortened seasons, some for mid-season replacements, but nevertheless, all renewed. If one of these isn’t renewed, I honestly think the most likely candidate for cancellation is Whitney, then after that one or both of TNN and Go On.

    Because that doesn’t make sense.

    You need to have a baseline. Yours is the-post Voice airings. In other words, Betty White hurts the comedy block because it’s not The Voice.

    Everybody else is using the non-Voice airings. In other words, The Voice inflates the ratings for the comedy block.

    Given that there’s a lot more timeslots that aren’t after The Voice than there are timeslots after it, it seems that the non-Voice airings are the better baseline.

    It makes as much sense as dismissing its numbers after The Voice. I HIGHLY doubt NBC execs are sitting up there going,”Let’s compare these numbers and see what we should renew, but let’s not look at any of any show’s numbers that air after the Voice, because we all know the Voice helps out any show.” LOL, yeah, that’s not happening.

    The truth is, it’s not just The Voice. Yes, it’s by far the highest rated NBC show. But each show is not in its own vacuum. What’s on before it ALWAYS matters, even if its the 7:30 newscast or whatever. So ANY airing of ANY episode of ANY show can be argued that its lead-in had something to do with its rating. Execs just don’t care. As this site has pointed out over and over again, they’re not retentionistas in network offices, and they don’t dismiss a show’s good ratings just because it’s after another highly rated show.

  • CJ

    “The “Im gay and I think TNN sucks” comments are on the same line as “I’m gay and I don’t want gay marriage”. Please. Don’t pretend to be a gay to support your hate on TNN, because you’re not. And it’s pathetic everytime a comment like that pops-up next to a defensive “I’m no homophobe”. Hey, no one asked. Just say out loud that you don’t like TNN. But don’t make up stories. Thank you.”

    Support of TNN no more equates to gay rights than support of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne equates to support of racial equality. Bad writing is bad writing. The “I’m gay and I hate TNN” comments probably have less to do with lying to create credibility and are more of a response to the kneejerk assumption that everyone who doesn’t love TNN must be a leviticus quoting bigot.

  • Ultima


    In other words, you think they’ll cut an hour of newsmagazines in order to keep a fourth hour of comedies. They might, but I’m skeptical.

    I could see them cutting Rock Center or Dateline (or moving one to Saturday) to add a third new drama, but I can’t see them doing it just so they can renew a couple more low rated sitcoms.

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