NBC Prime-Time Shows Sink to Historic Lows

Jan 9, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Two NBC series sank to all-time lows in the Tuesday night ratings as the Peacock Network was down almost across the board, TVbytheNumbers.com reports.

CBS, meanwhile, rolled out fresh episodes of three drama series and coasted to an easy win for the night.

Hitting series lows, based on Nielsen overnights, were NBC’s “Go On,” which slipped to a 1.5 in the key 18-49 demo (down 38% from its most recent original episode, which aired Dec. 4); and “The New Normal,” which fell to a 1.3 — off 24% from its Dec. 4 installment.

NBC didn’t get much help from back-to-back episodes of “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.” The season premiere managed only a 1.5 — down 16% from its regular time period premiere back in April — while the second episode rose to a 1.8. One bright spot for NBC was “Parenthood,” whic rose 6% from last week to a 1.9.

CBS had the night’s two top shows — “NCIS,” which rose 6% from the Dec. 18 episode to a 3.5 in viewers 18-49, and “NCIS: Los Angeles,” which held steady with a 3.0. “Vegas” also held steady, delivering a 1.6.

Fox gave NBC a run for second place, with “New Girl” (2.0 average rating in the 18-49 demo) and “Raising Hope” (1.7) faring better than “The Mindy Project” (1.5) and “Ben and Kate” (1.2).

ABC started the night with sitcom repeats and never found its footing. Settling for modest numbers were fresh episodes of “Happy Endings” (1.4 average rating in 18-49), “Don’t Trust the B” (1.1) and “Private Practice” (1.1).

For prime time overall, CBS won easily with a 2.7 average rating in viewers 18-49, followed by NBC (1.7 average), Fox (1.6), Univision (1.6) and ABC (1.3). CBS crushed the competition in total viewers, averaging 16.5 million to 5.0 million for NBC, 4.2 million for ABC, 3.9 million for Univision and 3.2 million for Fox.

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