Ratings: Most of Tuesday's 72 Sitcoms Drop, Vegas and Private Practice Tick Up

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Ratings: Apartment 23 Hits 0.9 DemoCBS’ Vegas and ABC’s Private Practice were the lone demo gainers this Tuesday, on a night that was no laughing matter for the 11teen sitcoms on the schedule.

With 10.2 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating, Vegas topped the 10 o’clock hour on both counts, rising two tenths in the demo week-to-week. PPP, at 4.1 mil/1.2, inched up 11 percent and a tenth from last week’s all-time low. (Rounding out that hour, Parenthood, with 4.5 mil/1.6, was down 16 percent.)

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Turning to Tuesday’s laugh tracks, we’ll start with Fox. Raising Hope opened the night with 3.7 mil/1.5, down a tenth, while lead-out Ben and Kate held steady with 2.5 mil/1.1. New Girl (4.1 mil/2.0) fell two tenths to a series low; The Mindy Project in turn dropped 15 and 19 percent to 2.7 mil/1.3.

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Over on ABC, Happy Endings (4.9 mil/1.2) gained 12 percent in total audience but slipped a tenth to an all-time low demo. Apartment 23, too, added a few eyeballs (drawing 3.2 mil) yet dropped below a 1.0 demo rating, to a worst-ever 0.9.

NBC’s Go On was rock-steady with 6.2 mil/2.2, but The New Normal (4.35 mil/1.6) was down 7 and 11 percent (hitting a demo low).

A few other notes:

* Dancing With the Stars, FWIW, set ABC’s sitcom table with an audience of 12.9 mil and a 1.9 rating, up 6 percent in audience week-to-week.

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* NCIS (16.5 mil/3.0) slipped a tenth, while NCIS: LA (15.1 mil/2.8) was flat.

* The Voice (9.3 mil/3.3) led the night in the demo while slipping 15 percent from last Tuesday.

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* The CW’s Hart of Dixie (1.2 mil.0.5) fell 25 and 17 percent, but plucky Emily Owens (1.3 mil/0.4) held steady in the demo.

Comments (32)

  • Ugh… I really want Mindy´s show to do well…

    Comment by Wouter – November 21, 2012 09:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seriously where the hell did Emily Owens viewers come from? It is now beating HOD? Crazy. And Fox has killed New Girl. It really needs to do something to fix the insane ratings drop it has had

    Comment by gary – November 21, 2012 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. They should hire some different writers to make it funny again.

      Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – November 21, 2012 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Some of us will follow Justin anywhere.

      Comment by Anna Paolinelli – November 21, 2012 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And others will follow Mamie anywhere.

        Comment by Eli – November 22, 2012 05:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • With The Office being cancelled, next season would be the perfect opportunity to relaunch New Girl on Thursday nights, so it can benefit from X-Factor/Idol lead-ins. Glee’s already seen a massive drop between season 2 and 4, no point flogging that dying horse.

      Comment by Dizzle – November 21, 2012 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Emily Owens is light fun. And I like Mamie and Emily. It got better since the pilot actually

      Comment by paula – November 22, 2012 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There is just too much to watch on Tuesday nights. Other nights don’t have as much, so I end up spreading them throughout the week. Too bad they don’t take online viewing into account when they look at the ratings and cancel beloved shows.

    Comment by Reba – November 21, 2012 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So sad about Don’t Trust the B. it’s a hilarious show but that was probably the final straw for ABC.

    Comment by Jim – November 21, 2012 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It would be perfect on FX.

      Comment by Guest – November 21, 2012 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It is so Hilarious! I hope ratings pick up as the show has a lot to offer!

      Comment by Rawr – November 21, 2012 10:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, I really hope that more people watch Apt 23. I so much fun, JVB is hilarious. Come on people!

      Comment by paula – November 22, 2012 12:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t help but to wonder if New Girl’s falling numbers have anything to do with the potent, relentless whining which all of the show’s characters exude every stinkin episode?


    Comment by NunyaBiz – November 21, 2012 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rock steady Go On. I’m glad to hear it. Love it!

    Comment by Blake – November 21, 2012 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is Happy Endings demo always so low. It seems like its a show that would be watched by the demo mostly

    Comment by Jake – November 21, 2012 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ABC kind of dropped the ball on Apt 23. I love the show so much, but it feels like such a chore to keep track when its on and when its not, with the frequent week skips. Have they ever even ran 2 episodes back to back since it premiered this season?

    Comment by Marcos Seeinyalater! (@EuphemiaviBritt) – November 21, 2012 10:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ummm the past two weeks? When it’s fallen both times.

      Comment by RJ – November 21, 2012 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There is so much about this season of HoD that annoys me, I’m not surprised about the drop. Emily Owens higher? Ooookay. And yay for Vegas! Best episode yet. :)

    Comment by Michelle – November 21, 2012 10:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Could part of the problem for Apt 23 be that in Canada it airs a day or two earlier? People can download and watch it via torrent I imagine. Same can be said for Happy Endings which also airs earlier in Canada…I doubt it, but could be a factor.

    Comment by Brendan – November 21, 2012 10:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Canada is not counted,only Neilson box holders

      Comment by Shaun – November 21, 2012 09:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think what Brendan means is since these shows are shown before in Canada, maybe their demo people are watch in it online via torrent instead of watch it on TV like it should be. And that directly hurts the ratings

        Comment by paula – November 22, 2012 01:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Do not blame the holidays for the poor ratings… The Nielsen HUT (Households Using Television) and PUT (People Using Television) are about the same as last week…

    Comment by eridapo – November 21, 2012 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HECK YES! Steady ratings for Emily Owens, M.D.!! Hopefully the CW sees this.

    Comment by TVLineFan – November 21, 2012 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All the comedies are killing each other move some around, Happy Endings, And the B in apt 23 are great , I will enjoy them while I can, move them please Abc

    Comment by Joe – November 21, 2012 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Apartment 23 is one of the worst sitcoms in the past five years. I watched last night and wanted to cry from the 30 minutes I wasted.

    Comment by yankeesrj12 – November 21, 2012 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow… These are just dreadful numbers. And I agree, there are too many comedies on Tuesdays nights. I record Go On, Apt 23, New Girl & Mindy, not to mention Private Practice and I haven’t seen any of them because I’m too busy catching up on shows from last week! November Sweeps is taking its toll, guess I’ll catch up in December when most shows are on break.

    Comment by FragglesRock – November 21, 2012 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree, lots if choices on Tuesday. I lile all the Fox comedies, Hart of Dixie and Happy Endings. Just another example of how the networks need to figure a way of making alternate sources of viewing to work.

    Comment by Boiler – November 21, 2012 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really hope they don’t cancel Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23! It’s so funny, they should just put it behind Modern Family!

    Comment by Fabian – November 21, 2012 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was watching Parenthood, which was pretty good, it felt very realistic. I am getting a little annoyed with Max though. I understand he has a bit of a disability, but it bothers me he never gets punished for bad behavior. They kind of let him get away with saying and doing anything and always let him have his own way, and I think that’s a terrible lesson to teach kids, even those with disabilities. It’s probably what a lot of parents do though. I also watched New Girl, which was funny. Jamie Lee Curtis is great. Don’t Trust the B was great. Happy Endings was great. And I also watched Sons of Anarchy, which had me singing the Toonces theme song the whole night after that station wagon flew off the cliff, rolled a few times, and everyone survived without a scratch. Toonces, the driving cat…the cat who could drive a car! I find myself becoming more and more sympathetic to Gemma with every episode. I think she’s gotta be the best character on the show.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – November 21, 2012 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What’s interesting with these 9pm numbers is that each of the comedy blocks on ABC/FOX/NBC are dropping viewers as they hit the 9:30 sitcoms. The viewers don’t appear to be going from say, ‘Go On’/NBC over to ‘Apt 23′/ABC, or from ‘HEndings’/ABC over to ‘Mindy’/FOX. No pattern. All three nets are losing viewers from 9pm across to the 9:30 shows. Where are these 9pm viewers going? To Emily Owens??? To bed?

    The first network to figure this out, may end up winning this 9:30 battle. Maybe it might make sense [for example] for FOX to move Mindy elsewhere on the schedule and try something else at 9:30 to see if that show can retain more of the New Girl audience. Or ABC move Apt23 back over to Tuesday for a while, and try something else at 9:30. But something has to be done – there’s no reason to see all three shows at 9:30 losing viewers – basically turning off their TVs. ABC or FOX need to do something here…soon.

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