Somewhere, network TV must be wondering just what is going on these days: almost every show is sinking like a stone, and we are wondering at the moment whether or NBC is regretting their decision to give both “Go On” and “The New Normal” full seasons before their numbers really started to stabilize.
For Tuesday night, these two shows posted respective ratings of 2.2 and 1.7 in the 18-49 demographic, which were both some pretty steep drops from what we saw in the show in past weeks. The fact that “New Normal” is in particular barely above the levels of some Thursday-night shows from last spring is troubling, especially since this is the time of year when most of these shows are supposed to be doing a little bit better. To be fair, these shows may also have been down thanks to “The Voice” essentially being a recap show.
Elsewhere, there were drops for both “NCIS” and its “Los Angeles” spin-off, and “Vegas” slipped down to a 2.1 rating that is okay, but still a little bit in the CBS danger zone unless it finds a way to increase its audience moving forward. The only real good news from the big four networks came in that “New Girl” stayed steady with last week’s 2.8 rating, even though “Raising Hope” premiered to a 1.7 and “Ben and Kate” and “The Mindy Project” fell to ratings of 1.6 and 1.9. “New Girl” was the only show in the Fox lineup to actually post more than 5 million viewers, and strong DVR ratings does not make up for some of these stats over time.
While “Dancing with the Stars” actually posted the same 2.1 rating as last week, “Private Practice” dropped to a 1.6 that all but ensures that this will be the final season for the Kate Walsh drama. The only final news we have to report is that “Hart of Dixie” got off to a solid start with a 0.7 rating, which is only down slightly from the series premiere and up a tenth from the finale in May.
What did you watch Tuesday?