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

Categories: '

Written By

September 18th, 2013

Brooklyn Nine-nine Pilot

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.

  • Greg

    I just hope Dads doesn’t hurt Brooklyn Nine-Nine too much in the meantime (though Raising Hope would be just slightly better anyway). If Dads falls below a 1.4, it’s time to cancel it.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Kumar – Uhhh, no. People don’t watch Mindy because it’s unappealing, not because she’s Indian.


    What’s crazy is all these fox scripted shows have done better Then x factor. X factor is going to crash with survivor and then big brother and America’s got talent finales.

  • joel

    In terms of writing and quality, Dads >>> B99

  • Chiara

    “Mindy Kaling Underperforming”

    “Mindy Kaling Tanking”

    “Mindy Kaling Flop”

    “Mindy Kaling Cancelled”


  • James

    Very bad for the Mindy Project. I wonder how many episodes FOX has ordered for a second season though, FOX won’t be patient enough to keep it for a full season.

    Dads/Brooklyn Nine-Nine seemed to do well only because there was no competition. Probably they would fall to sub-1.0s in around November. I think FOX will at least keep one of them till May, the other one will be done before Winter Olympics.


    FOX should have done better w/ no competition; NG will probably never see 4’s again

  • TVDude

    Decent numbers for all of Fox’s shows. Hope they can stick with the heavy competion next week.

  • Nancy

    The Mindy Project ratings seem fine to me if it can maintain these numbers even with a slight dip it’ll still be fine, but I predict a major decline in viewership for Dads that’s just a horrible show.

  • jT

    @the old man new could easily do 4.0s if it gets over 8 million viewers.

    The Superbowl will solve the viewership issue.

  • ReallyTired

    Mindy is terrible. Terrible. ‘Girls’ on HBO is funnier.


    @ jT

    Stay tooned…

  • Andrew

    Brooklyn Nine Nine was really funny. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so much in a pilot episode of a TV show. I got a few light laughs out of Dads, it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting but not good either. I think B99 will retain most of its audience for week 2 (though it will lose some to the premiere of Agents of SHIELD) and will make it to a second season – I’m predicting low to mid 2s for next week. Dads is questionable, I think it will drop to mid to high 1s for next week. Dads premiered at the same number as Ben & Kate last season which is not a good sign.

    New Girl and Mindy Project both were funny last night and they both have their audiences from last season so I think they retain their audiences. I think New Girl will be mid to high 2s next week and Mindy will be mid to high 1s next week. Within a couple of weeks I think Mindy will be higher than Dads. All in all, I think Fox has a better comedy block than last year.

  • ReallyTired

    @SueP … TBBT makes you laugh out loud? When does that happen to anyone?

  • Aquitar

    I guess Fox still isn’t having the greatest Tuesday night. Hate to see what it’ll look like against it’s huge competition next week.

  • Potato

    Haha, dads was HILAIROUS! The way they ended scenes without punchlines, the overactive mugging, the dad not understanding that asians don’t like people shouting “ORIENTALS CAN’T BE TRUSTED” at them… pure comedy classic.

    That. Was sarcasm.

  • Nick

    I think FOX has a good lineup here. I hope it holds up.

  • Fin

    hmmm, isn’t the 0.5 a 25% increase from the 0.4 for Capture?

  • Dee

    I personally love Mindy Project and wish more people would watch it. I think a lot of people initially thought it would be more like her character on the office, and were disappointed right away. I think if people give it a second chance, they will see it isn’t bad. But the biggest problem is that Fox has promoted the heck out of this show, and it still isn’t finding new viewers. But Dads will fail miserably next week, and B99 will sink a bit.

  • Dan

    Remember this is before NCIS and Shield & Biggest Loser competition. Those comedy premieres were ok but they will likely be crushed by next week

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures