Tuesday TV Ratings: HAPPY ENDINGS Premieres Down, PARENTHOOD Scores Again, BEN AND KATE Rises

     October 24, 2012


The ratings for Tuesday evening’s comedy-packed programming are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • ABC’s ensemble comedy Happy Endings finally returned last night, and though the season premiere’s 1.9 rating and 5.9 million total viewers topped last year’s finale (1.7 rating), the numbers were way down from last season’s premiere which scored a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo.
  • The third season of NBC’s highly underrated drama Parenthood continues its impressive rise, as last night’s episode earned a 1.9 rating and 4.8 million viewers.  Though that’s down from last week’s 2.0 rating, last night’s emotional episode beat both Vegas and Private Practice in the timeslot.
  • Fox’s new comedy Ben and Kate—which has been struggling a bit in the ratings race—saw a nice uptick last night as it earned a 1.4 rating and 3.05 million viewers for a rise of two tenths.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, October 23rd, including New Girl, Don’t Trust the B—in Apt 23, Hart of Dixie, The New Normal, Go On, and more.


  • parenthood-season-4-episode-6The Matthew Perry-fronted comedy series Go On—which continues to be one of the most successful new series on television—garnered a 2.5 rating and 6.4 million viewers.  It was the second highest rated comedy of the night, next to New Girl.
  • Ryan Murphy’s comedy The New Normal scored a 1.8 rating and 4.5 million viewers, down from last week’s 2.0 rating.  Nevertheless, the show has already scored a full season pick-up.
  • The creatively fantastic (yet emotionally draining) fourth season of Parenthood continues to soar, as this week’s episode netted a 1.9 rating and 4.8 million viewers.  Though that’s down a tad from last week’s 2.0 rating, the episode topped all scripted programming in its timeslot, besting Private Practice and Vegas.


  • new-girl-season-2-episode-5It was practically good news all around at Fox, as veteran series Raising Hope was even with last week’s 1.7 rating and 4.1 million viewers.
  • New series Ben and Kate saw a promising rise in viewership, as last night’s episode garnered a 1.4 rating and 3.05 million viewers.  That’s up from last week’s 1.2 rating.
  • New Girl was also even with last week’s stand-out episode, earning a 2.7 rating and 5.23 million viewers.


  • The season three premiere of Happy Endings saw a considerable drop from last year’s season premiere, as the ep netted a 1.9 rating and 5.93 million viewers.  That’s way down from season two’s 3.1 rating, though up from the 1.7 earned by the season two finale.  Hopefully the ratings pick up as viewers realize the show has finally returned, because the series has one hell of a funny ensemble cast.
  • Also premiering was Don’t Trust the B—in Apt 23, though the season two premiere was also way down from last year.  The episode garnered a 1.7 rating and 4.3 million viewers against last season’s 2.9 premiere rating and 2.4 finale rating.
  • It was announced recently that Private Practice will officially come to an end after this run of 13 episodes, and this week’s rating tied the show’s series low with a 1.4 and 4.6 million viewers.


  • happy-endings-season-3-episode-1Over at CBS the procedurals dominated, as always.  NCIS hit a 3.2 rating and a head-scratching 17.4 million viewers, which believe it or not is a season low, down from last week’s 3.4 rating.
  • NCIS: Los Angeles was also down, earning a 2.7 rating and 16.3 million viewers, down from its last 3.0 rating.
  • New series Vegas, which was recently picked up for a full season, earned a 1.5 rating and 10.72 million viewers for a season low.  Its last original episode scored a 2.0 rating.

The CW 

  • This week’s Hart of Dixie earned a 0.5 rating and 1.3 million viewers, dropping from last week’s 0.6 rating in the demo.
  • New series Emily Owens M.D. was down for its second episode with a 0.3 rating and 1.1 million viewers against its series premiere rating of 0.5.