Ratings: Smash Goes Even Lower, Cult Finds Few Followers, Body of Proof Returns Down

Smash Ratings Episode 3There was no crescendo but instead diminuendo for NBC’s Smash in its second outing/third episode, as the musical-drama dropped some 25 percent to 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating.

Setting the table for Smash, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers did a 1.4 and 1.3 (up week-to-week), while Go On (1.1) and The New Normal (1.0) dipped two tenths and one tenth, respectively, from their last fresh outings.

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The CW’s Cult opened to 941,000 total viewers and a 0.3 rating, down sharply from both Emily Owens‘ own Tuesdays-at-9 premiere (1.7 mil/0.5) and finale (1.5 mil/0.4). Lobbing in another recent CW benchmark: The Carrie Diaries debuted to 1.6 mil and a 0.6 (on a Monday). Hart of Dixie at 8 pm (1.4 mil/0.5) dipped a tenth.

ABC’s Body of Proof returned to 6.7 mil and a 1.2 rating, down 29 and 45 percent from its sophomore opener and off more than 30 percent from its last finale. The Taste opened ABC’s night with 4.9 mil and a 1.6 (ticking up a tenth) and The Bachelor followed with 8.1 mil/2.6 (down a tenth from its previous Tuesday telecast).

Over on CBS, NCIS led the night with 21 million total viewers and a 3.5 rating (dipping 4 percent and two tenths), NCIS: Los Angeles (16.3 mil/2.7) slipped 13 percent in the demo and Vegas dropped a few eyeballs but dominated the 10 o’clock hour with 9.7 mil/1.5. Here’s a fun fact from Vulture ratings-smith Joe Adalian:

At Fox, meanwhile, Raising Hope (3.7 mil/1.5) dipped a tenth, while New Girl (4.4 mil/2.2) and The Mindy Project (3 mil/1.6) each fell about 15 percent in the demo.

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118 Comments
  1. Win says:

    I think there should be a reality show in which people compete to be a Nielsen household. Each week contestants compete in events based on DIFFERENT TV Shows and are eliminated until one household stands.

    Seems about on par with how they choose homes anyhow. At least we’ll know then that the homes do in fact exist and are not myth.

  2. Anon says:

    Are those Cult numbers a revolt to get Alaric back on TVD??!! Make it happen!

  3. I kinda wish NBC would kill Smash because I want to stop watching, but it’s like a train wreck–I just can’t look away.

  4. Lilacbarries says:

    Does anyone know how many episodes were ordered for Smash? I’m really enjoying the new story lines and feel like the show isn’t as narrow as it was last season. I hope the numbers pick up, but I won’t hold my breath

  5. Emily says:

    As the sole person at the centre of the venn diagram between CW young female target demo, grad student, and very interested in TV, I’m in no war surprised it cult bombed so badly, is a Shane though, because I thought it showed potential

  6. Kristina says:

    Until TPTB officially say Smash is canceled, I am still going to watch this show. I hope it does better in the next couple weeks, I would love to see it renewed. Season 1 was boring and Ellis and Dev were really irritating but season 2 story wise is way better. I don’t know what Smash everyone else has been watching but the Smash I have been watching has been pretty good. I like the new characters, plot lines and the new musical Hit List. Most probably won’t agree with me but its not as corny and dumb as Glee. I have stopped watching Glee as it has just sucked since the christmas episode. It’s like Ryan Murphy can’t think of anything good to write anymore, really disappointing. This is an adult version of Glee but way better!!

    • Lilacbarries says:

      I’m totally with you, I read the recaps Of Glee on here and don’t even bother watching online anymore. Smash on the other hand I watch as soon as I can. I hope all of the episods get aired.

  7. DeeKayTee says:

    Ugh! I LOVE Smash!! Granted it needed some work after last season but I think season two has started off strong and I hope that people recognize that quickly and give it one more shot.

  8. EllieG says:

    I love Smash. I think so far this season it has been excellent. I don’t like the new Karen/Jimmy relationship but I am willing to give it a shot to see where it goes. Not very show is going to always have huge numbers of viewers. Hopefully NBC realizes it and renews Smash. Really I only watch that a like two other shows on a regular basis.

  9. Sidney Jones says:

    Why couldn’t the CW just leave Emily Owens alone….OR put it on a different night! The Cult looks like is going to suffer the same fate.

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