TV Ratings Tuesday: Decent Premieres for 'Dads' & 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', 'New Girl' Returns Up, 'The Mindy Project' Down, 'America's Got Talent' Rises

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September 18th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.0/6 1.4/4 1.2/4 1.1/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/8 1.5/5 1.2/4 0.7/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 5.269 9.023 3.404 3.775 8.146 1.723

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

On FOX, the premiere of Dads earned a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating up 24 percent from a 1.7 for the season premiere of Raising Hope on October 3, 2012. The premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine scored a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating up 19 percent from a 2.1 for the premiere of Ben & Kate on September 26, 2012. Your predictions for both shows were about right. The season premiere of New Girl garnered a 2.9 adults 18-49 from a 2.8 on September 26, 2012. The season premiere of The Mindy Project notched a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating from a 2.4 for the series premiere on September 26, 2012.

On NBC, The Million Second Quiz earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating down 27 percent from last week’s 1.5. America’s Got Talent garnered a 2.4 among adults 18-49 up 4 percent from last week’s 2.3, which aired fifteen minutes late.

ABC’s broadcast of Iron Man 2 garnered a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, for the network’d best non-sports Tuesday since May 28, 2013.

On the CW, Whose Line Is It Anyway? matched last week’s 0.8. Capture notched a 0.5 up 20 percent from last week’s 0.4.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, September 17, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Dads - Series Premiere 2.1/7 5.57
CBS NCIS - R 1.3/4 10.37
ABC Iron Man 2 (8-11PM) 1.2/4 3.78
NBC The Million Second Quiz 1.1/4 5.19
CW Whose Line Is It Anyway? 0.8/3 2.43
8:30 FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Series Premiere 2.5/8 6.00
CW Whose Line Is It Anyway? - R 0.8/2 2.33
9:00 FOX New Girl - Season Premiere 2.9/8 5.56
NBC America's Got Talent (9-11PM) 2.4/7 10.94
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles - R 1.1/3 7.89
CW Capture 0.5/1 1.07
9:30PM FOX The Mindy Project - Season Premiere 1.9/5 3.95
10:00 CBS Person of Interest - R 1.0/3 6.19


In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 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" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Carmen

    I’m not sure I would categorize a 2.1 premiere for Dads as “Decent”.
    I would think it was rather poor for a new show premiere with little competition following a long summer of repeats.

    Dads was, however, very generous on the laugh track. It will need to improve fast.

    Brooklyn 99 had a fairly good opening episode. It is always hard to plow through a pilot episode. This show will have a chance.

    I question, though, whether it should be a 1/2 hour show or a full hour. Thirty minutes seems a little short to get a plot going if they intend to have a fair part of the action in the field. Barney Miller was 1/2 hour but inside.

    Disappointing for Mindy Project. I root for this show and hope more people will discover it somehow. It really deserves to do better.

  • Rick

    I think Mindy Project will grow this season, New Girl will keep being New Girl, Dads will be canceled and Brooklyn Nine-Nine will just barely make it into a second season.

  • Bill

    Why would anybody watch Dads and B99 again.

  • ruckfules55

    So far so good for Fox Tuesdays.

    Dads = Let the countdown for Raising Hope’s return to the night begin!

    B99 = Decent premiere. But the real question is how much can it hold next week?

    New Girl = I thought this was already a goner based on the trajectory of last spring’s episodes. Could it be the online streaming & catchup effect again? I don’t know but it looks like it can still go back up to its late Season 1 levels after the SB. As someone who doesn’t like Ms. Deschanel, I rather hope not.

    Mindy = Again, let’s see. If B99 can hold well, will Mindy go to 8:30? I really don’t know if this show can have a sophomore bounce so Fox might be better off supporting B99 even if the demographics don’t seem to be quite the same.

  • David

    9-9 will plummet next week when AOS and NCIS premiere.

  • Jules

    Amazing for The Mindy Project considering last season’s ratings (and the finale’s).

  • Tommy M.

    Given the lack of competition I’d have to say that the new Fox comedies only premiered so-so. It’s going to be interesting to see how they do once NCIS returns and SHIELD premiere.

  • Bond

    Fat 12 year olds don’t skip school.

  • Zalina

    NCIS – best show ever….. even when is a replay… over 10 milion total viwers… Congratulations Gibbs…

  • UKTVFan

    I thought Brooklyn Nine-Nine was decent (seems like a better fit at 9:30 after New Girl – for both style and ratings), but both it and Dads will probably drop quite a bit next week against Marvel on ABC.

  • John A

    Great that Whose Line was steady. Looks like Capture will get renewed. Great for New Girl. But the rest of Fox line up not so great. Mindy Project didnt do as bad as i thought it would.

  • David James

    Keep chugging along Mindy…

    As for Dads, weak premiere since there was no competition. It’ll be killed once NCIS and SHIELD premiere. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is decent, and I’m rooting for the show but I question wether or not it will manage once the competitions here. And finally New Girl, which seems to have suddenly found popularity again after last seasons low viewership. I just hope Fox will give Brooklyn and Mindy a chance and not give New Girl too quick a death. Dads however can go away now.

  • John A

    So rob60990 has a stalker again.

  • erwanfromfrance

    Next week predictions :
    Dads : 1.2
    Brooklyn 99 : 1.8
    New Girl : 2.5
    Mindy Project : 1.7

  • Oliver

    According to Maskedscheduler on Twitter, both Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine adjusted up a tenth in time-adjusted fast nationals.

    Dads: 2.2, Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 2.6

    Quite respectable for both.

  • Pavelsauce

    I was about right with my prediction for B99, but too pessimistic for Dads. I’ll definitely be avoiding Dads. I’ve been looking forward to B99, so I’ll be watching it on my DVR.

    The code for the rolling emoticon is roll (between two colons, of course).

  • Matthew

    Only shows I have on Tuesdays this year are the originals and face off everything else is pretty sucky

  • SueP

    Tried both of the new Fox comedies last night. I love Seth Green, but Dads is a dud. Brooklyn 99 was a little better, but not enough to make the grade. Still looking for a comedy that can make me laugh out loud like TBBT. So far, I’ve at least added Sleepy Hollow to my viewing list.

  • joel

    Guess what – sometimes failure isn’t based on race but on content of character or an inferior product.

    Bye, bye Mindy. Trying to rely on the James Franco gimmick is pathetic.

  • tomsman

    @Carmen the mere fact that you mentioned “Barney Miller” makes you my new best friend! lol

    As for the FOX shows, we passed on all of them. Even the Franco, Samberg & Ribisi curiosity pull couldn’t get us to watch. The Brooklyn & Dads previews I saw in the spring (and again last weekend) were dreadful. We don’t like Zooey or Mindy – so the whole line up was, aside from Franco, Samberg & Ribisi, completely uninteresting and packed with annoying characters & actors. No thanks.

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