January 23, 2013

The Sked: Tuesday Ratings — A 2.2 Rating Is As Good As It Gets?

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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With CBS in re-reruns last night, it was one grim night on network TV Tuesday.  ABC won the night with a 2.0 adult 18-49 rating from 8-11 pm, slightly above the 1.7 season-to-date rating for ABC Tuesday.    The network premiered The Taste with Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain and others from 8-10 pm, scoring a 2.2 rating.  Incredibly, that was the highest-rated show of the night with 18-49 year olds.  Private Practice ended the night for ABC with a 1.5 rating at 10 pm, up from the 1.1 and 1.2 ratings in early January for original episodes after the disastrous comedy hour of Happy Endings and the now-cancelled Don’t Trust the B– in Apt 23.

FOX and NBC tied for second place with a 1.6 rating for the night, with FOX matching its Tuesday season average and NBC continuing to fall well behind the 2.7 nightly season average (inflated by The Voice in the fall).  The FOX comedies range from the just okay (New Girl a 2.1 rating at 9:00 and Raising Hope 1.7 at 8:00) to the struggling (Mindy Project 1.5 at 9:30) to the anemic (Ben and Kate 1.2 at 8:30).

Incredibly, the second Betty White’s Off Their Rockers at 8:30 (1.8 rating) was the third highest-rated network show last night, building off the 1.6 rating for the first episode of the hidden camera show.  Go On (1.3) and New Normal (1.2) continued their lifeless run without The Voice as a lead-in, while Parenthood gamely bounced back to a 1.7 rating at 10 pm.  Although down from the 1.9 rating the previous two weeks, Parenthood managed to win the weak 10 pm hour for NBC.

CBS sunk to a 1.5 rating with an all-repeat lineup, well below the 2.5 season average for CBS Tuesday and the 2.7 average for all-original nights.

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.