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

CW's 'Cult,' ABC's 'Body of Proof' premieres struggle

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
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
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.