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.

  • Networkman

    What the heck is going on with The Mindy Project? I thought it would perform better because it repeated decently this Summer after New Girl. It had great retention this Summer. I feel it is compatible with New Girl. The Mindy Project should of at least had a 2.4. In my opinion, it is better than New Girl. Anyways, it really is in for trouble once Trophy Wife premieres. It has to hold high 1’s in the demo to be at least considered being switched to Friday nights. The Jason Ritter vehicle may be more suited to airing after New Girl.

  • TS

    Wow, surprised that Dads and B99 actually got decent ratings. Probably won’t last for one of them though..

  • Networkman

    I feel Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Enlisted should get the post Super Bowl slot. Those two comedies really have potential. And I feel both of those would appeal more to the football audience than New Girl. Also if FOX plans on keeping it against Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and NCIS, it will need more exposure. But I really feel the men demographic are looking for more comedies that will be geared towards them.

    I think Dads was given just a 13 episode commitment. If FOX plans to order more episodes for it, I think moving it to Sunday once Football is over may be an option. And then FOX could really concentrate on the pairing of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Enlisted.

  • Ram510

    @ Nancy

    Your absolutely right, Mindy is isn’t a new show and should hold on to its core audience which I if recall correctly was a 1.3-1.5 in the demo. So yes, there shouldnt be a huge drop off, but to be fair there isnt much left to drop from its ratings are already really low

  • POIFanatic

    Ah, the new season is already upon us.

    What is Capture anyway?

  • kalena henden

    THE MINDY PROJECT was available for an entire week on the internet prior to its season premiere “air date” yesterday. Why FOX did it is beyond me but I I’m sure many people took advantage. I watched it twice online last week. I have no doubt FOX will take those online viewing numbers into account.

  • a p garcia

    I Liked Dads better than B99 and Mindy should have been gone last year.

  • Phil

    Woohoo! AGT!!

  • Brandojames

    I actually watched all 4 of the FOX comedies. I would say Dads was the weakest. Hopefully it can improve because I like the cast. B99 was really good. Great cast as well.

    New Girl was great as always. I kind of zoned out Mindy though.

  • joel

    BINGO! (fan excuse)

  • joel


  • luke

    Good ratings for new girl and Mindy with her white friends.

  • James

    Go netflix!

  • Justin121

    GREAT for New Girl.

    Good for Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

    Decent for Miny and Dads.

    Overall a good night for FOX thanks to an unexpected rise in New Girl to a nearly 3.0 rating. Who knew!!

    Mindy actually did better than expected, considering it was pulling 1.3s? last season.

    Brooklyn premiered better than OK (that would’ve been ~2.3) but Dad is barely above a 2.0. This block feels a lot like Go On-New Normal of last year. I could see all 3 gone by May, but maybe FOX will be able to salvage Nine-Nine by pairing it with the New Girl slot post-Super Bowl.

  • r0ckmypants

    @POIFanatic – Capture is the most epic game of tag ever.

  • rgxx

    Well…. as of now, all new shows on FOX are safe from the Bear.

  • rgxx

    The trailers that FOX did had a certain appeal…I found myself watching the new shows…still not as funny as Raising Hope & Last Man Standing…so I am not committed to the New Fox comedy line-up at all…I assume others like me will feel the same…next week is the real test…but still Fox has a better start than most.

  • John A

    I dont even watch Mindy. Only comedy i watch on Fox is New Girl.

  • JoeHamm

    Dads, I thought was pretty mediocre. It would’ve worked, five, six years ago at least. I expect it’ll be gone before the World Series. Still rather bitter his recurring role on American Dad was killed off. B99, I just enjoyed. Parks and Rec meets Barney Miller. Has a lot of promise. They’ll be lucky to get the post-Super Bowl slot, after New Girl. I give it 4 weeks, and Raising Hope will be back at 8:00.

    Elsewhere, I hope I’m not the only one who’s disappointed with the 1.2 for Iron Man 2. Given all the buzz surrounding SHIELD, I was expecting 1.5 despite what it was going against. Should we say the writing’s on the wall for theatrical movies in the future?

  • John A

    Fox should have canned Mindy Last Season save us all this grief.

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