Ratings: Private Practice Up With Series Finale, The Taste Tops Night, Dixie Ties Season High

Ratings: Private Practice Series FinalePrivate Practice went out on a (relatively) high-ish note on Tuesday, delivering its largest audience (5.2 million total viewers) and best 18-49 demo rating (1.5) since early October.

Week-to-week, the drama was up 17 and 42 percent.

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Setting the table (as it were,) for PPP was ABC’s two-hour premiere of The Taste, which led all of Tuesday programming with a 2.2 rating while drawing 6 million total viewers. An NCIS repeat drew the night’s biggest audience, with 12.7 mil.

Over on The CW, Hart of Dixie saw its third-largest audience of the season (1.54 million viewers) and matched its season-high demo rating (set by the premiere) of 0.7, up a tenth week-to-week. Emily Owens. M.D. (1.4 mil/0.5) rose 36 percent and two tenths.

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Of Fox’s comedy megablock, Raising Hope (4.05 mil/1.7) was up 12 percent and a tenth, Ben and Kate (2.64 mil/1.2) rose 20 percent and a tenth and New Girl (4.05 mil/2.1) saw 11 percent gains. The Mindy Project (3 mil/1.5) added a few viewers but was flat in the demo.

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Leading out of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (which averaged 5.8 mil/1.7), NBC’s Go On (4 mil/1.3) and The New Normal (3.3 mil/1.2) dropped 24 and 14 percent in the demo respectively, with each hitting all-time lows. Parenthood‘s Season 4 finale (4.8 mil/1.7) dipped two tenths week-to-week but still bested PPP and a Vegas repeat in the demo.

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29 Comments
  1. JoJo says:

    Hart of Dixie continues to be a solid performer for the CW. Happy to see it up in both viewers and demo.

  2. ollie says:

    yea for hart of dixie surprised about the taste numbers didnt think it would have good ratings it looks so stupid

  3. Mark222 says:

    Well, good to know PP went out “relatively highish”!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Yay for Hart of Dixie. This show makes me smile.

  5. Beth says:

    Glad to hear about Hart of Dixie.

  6. Boiler says:

    Cannot believe that The Taste led the night. How stupid but great news for hart of Dixie and the Fox comedies.

  7. KK says:

    So happy to hear about Hart of Dixie! It was a really funny episode for people to watch last night. This show has really been on fire this season! They have made only a few, subtle changes but it has really made all the difference. I wish more people would watch!

    If anyone tried it out last season but gave up, you should really come back and give it a second spin! Everyone is having fun and the writing has been so much funnier (for Scott Porter especially)! The heartbreak has been subtle yet emotional and the romance has been so sweet (totally heart Wade and Zoe).

    • peacelight says:

      OMG yes! I agree the changes to Hart of Dixie has made all the difference, and I love Zoe and Wade, glad that they made it clear that Wade and Zoe have a chance at a future together :)

  8. Milah says:

    An I the only one that thought the taste was terrible?

  9. TV Gord says:

    Just curious (and probably the last time I’ll get a chance to ask)…why is PPP the abbreviation for Private Practice, and not PP? :-)

    • Matt Webb Mitovich, Editor-at-Large TVLine.com says:

      And I purposely trotted out that vexing/”annoying” abbreviation one last time here ;) “Private Practice Program” (since saying “PP” invariably elicits schoolkid giggles).

      • Sue says:

        MWM, Alright already. Give it a rest. A network show with 1.5 demo gets this much attention from you guys? So much else is on to talk smart about.

      • TV Gord says:

        LOL! So, you’re depriving us of the fun of saying PP to ourselves? Oh well, there are other contexts in which to use it (such as, someone must have gone PP in Sue’s Corn Flakes). :-D

  10. mmy says:

    Will miss PP on tuesdays!

  11. Lilacbarries says:

    Love Hart of Dixie, last night made me want George and Zoe together even more. Do love wade though. Thanks for clarification on PPP, it’s always bugged me but I’ve never gotten around to asking about it.

    • tp says:

      I loved the few moments of Zoe and George that I had. I don’t watch it anymore because I don’t care for Wade and Zoe pairing. Since that is the way the story is going I took it off my season pass. I’m happy for the fans though.

  12. Jason says:

    Doesn’t bode well for Carrie Diaries that the cancelled run-off episodes of Emily Owens are beating it by upwards of 40%. Frankly, I think the CW pulled the plug on the charming Emily Owens, MD *much too quickly.* I don’t know what their expectations were, but I’m quite sure they didn’t think it would be vastly outperforming their much-buzzed-about new SATC prequel. Viewers are weird and fickle. Who knows what they want? I do know I’d rather have EOMD than CD. Sorry, it’s true.

  13. MGL says:

    I live in CT and the CW shows were not on last night. They had college hockey on instead. Makes no sense. I will have to hunt down the Hart of Dixie ep now. I love George and Zoe.

  14. Lili says:

    I am happy Emily Owens was up this week but unfortunately, the CW already cancelled it… I love this show ! It is refreshing, the cast is good and better than The Carrie Diaries (in which AnnaSophia Robb is good, by the way, but the rest of the cast…). It is different than any other show on the CW ! People are still watching it ! Sorry, just feeling frustrated by the cancellation :-) !

  15. sa says:

    Love Hart of Dixie. This is one of my fun, happy shows. It just makes me smile.

  16. Babybop says:

    Yay for Raising Hope!

  17. Raver says:

    Private Practice – you will be missed! :)

  18. jjovana3 says:

    I know Zoe and Wade are fanfavorite couple on Hart of Dixie, but Im hoping in the future they explore her relationship with George. I thought they had very sweet, subtle chemistry based on mutual understanding, culture and intelligence.

    Plus main heroine of a show cant be tied down to ONE male for the entirety. I dont think we are done with Zoe and George just yet :) hopefully wink wink

  19. N says:

    Private Practice People…..Per Tim Daley

  20. beewat says:

    Love love love Emily Owens md….genuine honest show…look forward to it every week….uncancel please

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