TV Ratings

Primetime Ratings: ABC Comedies Return Down

Fox's 'Ben and Kate' improves; CBS' 'Vegas' down after getting full-season pickup 10/24/2012 11:41:41 AM Eastern

ABC comedies Happy Endings and Don't Trust the
B---- in Apartment 23
struggled in their return Tuesday, as both shows were
down heavily from last season's premieres. Happy Endings drew a 1.9
rating, down 39% from last fall's premiere, according to Nielsen overnight
numbers. Don't Trust the B--- followed with a 1.7, which was off last
year's series debut by 41% (it was also down from last year's finale by 32%).
Last season, both shows shared 9:30 p.m. slot on Wednesdays, leading out of the highly-rated Modern Family.

Earlier, the Dancing With the Stars results show was
up 10% from last week to a 2.2. At 10 p.m., the officially canceled Private
Practice
tied its series-low 1.4, down 13% from two weeks ago. ABC finished
in fourth with an overall 1.8 rating/5 share.

NBC won the night with an overall 2.7/7. The Voice
was down 11% from last week to a 4.1. Go On was down a tenth from two
weeks ago to a 2.5 and The New Normal fell 10% to a 1.8. Parenthood
was also down a tenth to a 1.9.

CBS finished in second with a 2.5/7. New drama Vegas,
which
was picked up for a full season on Tuesday
, was down 25% to a 1.5 at 10
p.m. NCIS was down two tenths to a 3.0 and NCIS: Los Angeles was
down 10% to a 2.7.

Fox, which extended its primetime to 10:30 to accommodate a
special airing of The X Factor after the show had been pre-empted last
Wednesday due to a baseball rain delay, ended up with a 2.1/6, good enough for
third. Airing out of its normal slot, X Factor drew a 2.4 from
9:30-10:30 p.m. Earlier, new comedy Ben and Kate was up 17% to a 1.4
while Raising Hope and New Girl were both even at 1.7 and 2.7,
respectively.

On The CW, new drama Emily Owens dropped a tenth in
the net's targeted adults 18-34 demo to a 0.4, and was also down 40% with
18-49s to a 0.3. Earlier, Hart of Dixie was even with 18-34s at 0.6 and
down a tenth to a 0.5 with 18-49s. The CW finished with an overall 0.4/1.

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