TV Ratings

Primetime Ratings: 'Smash' Falls Further; CBS Wins Tuesday

CW's 'Cult,' ABC's 'Body of Proof' premieres struggle 2/20/2013 11:42:01 AM Eastern

NBC's musical drama Smash fared no better in its
second episode on Tuesday, falling two more tenths from its season debut to a
0.9 rating with adults 18-49, according to Nielsen overnight numbers. The rest
of its lineup struggled as well, with Go On falling 15% to a 1.1 and The
New Normal
declining 9% to a 1.0; both were the series' lowest ratings so
far. Betty White's Off Their Rockers was also down 7% in its 8 p.m.
episode to a 1.3, before rising a tenth at 8:30 p.m. to a 1.4.

NBC finished in fourth overall with a 1.1 rating/3 share.

The CW premiered drama Cult to a meager 0.2 rating in
its targeted 18-34 demo and a 0.3 with 18-49s, below what the canceled Emily
Owens
had been drawing in the space. The 9 p.m. debut also netted just
941,000 viewers. Its lead-in Hart of Dixie was down a tenth with both
demos to a 0.6 and 0.5, respectively. The net finished with a 0.4/1.

CBS won the night with a 2.6/7. NCIS was down 5% from
two weeks ago to a 3.5 while NCIS: Los Angeles fell 13% to a 2.7. At 10
p.m. Vegas stayed at its low of 1.5.

ABC's Body of Proof returned for its third season to
just a 1.2 rating, which was down 45% from last season's debut in September
2011. The Taste was up 7% to a 1.6 and the Bachelor special, Sean
Tells All,
drew a 2.6, off from Monday's show by 13%. ABC nipped Fox for
second with a 1.8/5.

Fox (1.7/4) saw its lineup decline from two weeks ago, with Raising
Hope
falling a tenth to a 1.5, New Girl declining 15% to a 2.2 and The
Mindy Project
dropping 16% to a 1.6.

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