Wednesday, September 26, 2012

TV Ratings Notes For Tuesday, September 25, 2012: NCIS, New Girl, Ben and Kate, Go On, The New Normal, The Mindy Project, Vegas, Private Practice

Hello, I'm late to the party!  I got a little too busy today to write this at its normal time, but the benefit is that this post will have the final ratings for the day.  Exciting and worth the wait, right?  Right!

NCIS (CBS, Tuesdays at 10pm ET)

20.48 million Overall Viewers
4.1/12 in the 18-49 Demo

There is no show more impressive in the big 4 network TV universe than NCIS.  This is something like its 372nd season, and it continues to be the highest rated scripted show on network TV in terms of overall viewers (and it doesn't do bad with the young uns either).  If it weren't for sports, nothing would have more viewers than this show.  I just wrote this to give a thumbs up to the show for somehow managing to capture a huge amount of the audience on a weekly basis for 53 years straight.  I don't know how you do it, but if you could bottle it, every network would give their third born, 3 dogs, 4 goats, and 16 cats to you to give them the same results.  Maybe I'll write about it again when the 373rd season begins next year.

New Girl (FOX, Tuesdays at 9pm ET)

5.35 million Overall Viewers (8pm ET)
2.8/9 in the 18-49 Demo

5.18 million Overall Viewers (9pm ET)
2.8/9 in the 18-49 Demo

I hope the viewers of Go On who jumped ship, this week, didn't like what they saw, and that Go On's ratings will again move upward.  Otherwise, the horrible outcome is that NCIS: LA viewers were the original watchers of Go On.  If New Girl stays at this ratings threshold, you can guarantee a season three. 

Ben and Kate (FOX, Tuesdays at 8:30pm ET)

4.21 million Overall Viewers
2.1/6 in the 18-49 Demo

This is certainly not the start FOX was hoping for, but it will have to do, for now.  I think you're going to see a big drop next week, but as long as the show stays above a 1.7, it should have a pretty good shot at renewal.  The question is whether it will be able to maintain ratings above that.

Go On (NBC, Tuesdays at 9pm ET)

6.90 million Overall Viewers
2.7/7 in the 18-49 Demo

Hey, did you hear that Happy Endings is gonna get canceled?  Well, if it stays in the Tuesday at 9pm ET slot, it has no chance at renewal.  The ratings for Go On took a huge hit this week, but that's just because it's in a beast of a time slot.  It has the cojones to stick around, but this might be where it settles in the ratings.  That's just fine, because there isn't a single scripted comedy on NBC that will match this on a week by week basis.  Go On continues to march toward renewal.

The New Normal (NBC, Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET)

5.09 million Overall Viewers
2.0/5 in the 18-49 Demo

Uh-oh!

The Mindy Project (FOX, Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET)

4.67 million Overall Viewers
2.4/6 in the 18-49 Demo

I'm pretty impressed with this debut.  I didn't think Mindy had enough name recognition to get ratings this high, but it appears a good chunk of The Office's viewers have followed to see her new show out of morbid curiosity.  It turns out that it's a pretty good show, so it might hold a bunch of the viewers it gathered on its first night.  Again, if it stays anything above a 1.7 it's going to get renewed on FOX.

Vegas (CBS, Tuesdays at 10pm ET)

14.85 million Overall Viewers
2.5/7 in the 18-49 Demo

Things are not looking good for this show.  It had a ton of overall viewers, but that will not be enough to get it renewed.  I think it needs to get back above a 2.6 to have any real shot at being renewed.  If it stays exactly here, it will still probably get renewed, but both you and I know that is not likely to happen.  Challenging times are ahead for this show, in a decidedly not challenging time slot, for a show with a stellar lead in.  It needed to start off better.

Private Practice (ABC, Tuesdays at 10pm ET)

6.45 million Overall Viewers
1.9/5 in the 18-49 Demo

Will someone please remove the stinking corpse from ABC, so that we can start watching some not so stinking corpses on Body of Proof?  This show is D-E-A-D.  Thanks for reading.

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