CBS’s Combo of Sexy Women in Lingerie and a Reindeer With a Red Nose Wins Tuesday Night Ratings

Dec 5, 2012  •  Post A Comment

CBS claimed the top spot in the prime-time ratings among the broadcast networks Tuesday night, and the network’s telecast of “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” was the top-rated show of the night, based on Nielsen overnights.

Earlier in the evening, the Tiffany Network’s focus was on family fare with the holiday chestnut “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” TVbytheNumbers.com reports that both “Rudolph” and “Victoria’s” were down significantly from last year in the key 18-49 demo. “Rudolph” was off 28% from a year ago with a 2.9 average rating, while the lingerie spectacle drooped 24% to a 3.5.

The strongest performance on the other broadcast nets was by NBC’s “The Voice,” which checked in with a 3.4 average in 18-49, down from a 3.8 a week ago. Elsewhere on NBC, “Go On” held steady with a 2.5, “The New Normal” also held even with last week with a 1.7 and “Parenthood” slipped one-tenth of a point to a 1.7.

Third-place Fox saw its entire lineup slip: “Raising Hope” delivered a 1.4 in viewers 18-49, down four-tenths from a week ago; “Ben and Kate” settled for a 1.1, off three-tenths; “New Girl” managed a 2.0, falling three-tenths; and “The Mindy Project” pulled a 1.3, dipping two-tenths.

ABC tried out a Tuesday airing of “Shark Tank,” which produced a 1.7 in the 18-49 demo, down two-tenths from Friday’s installment. Otherwise, things were looking up: “Happy Endings” rose two-tenths of a point from its previous original to a 1.3; “Don’t Trust the B” climbed three-tenths to a 1.2; and “Private Practice” improved two-tenths to a 1.2. Still, ABC managed only a tie with Univision for fourth place overall.

CBS won prime time with a 2.8 in adults 18-49, ahead of NBC (2.4), Fox (1.5), ABC (1.4) and Univision (1.4). CBS also won total viewers, averaging 10.2 million to 7.3 million for NBC, 4.8 million for ABC, 3.7 million for Univision and 3.3 million for Fox.

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