There’s no other way of looking at it: Tuesday night was not a good one for broadcast television. She had a number of shows that either lost viewership or stayed the same, and very little (save for the low-rated “Ben and Kate” and a “Dancing with the Stars” show that was an aberration thanks to the Presidential debate Monday) actually posted any improvement.
With that, let’s kick things off by talking about the biggest disappoints. “Happy Endings” premiered pretty low to a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic, but this is what we expected given the inexplicable choice to pair it up against both “New Girl” (2.7) and “Go On” (2.5). Meanwhile, “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” held on to most of that with a 1.7. These aren’t great ratings, but they may not lead ABC to pull the plug on them right away.
Meanwhile, The CW is probably not going to end up using the scripts that they ordered for “Emily Owens, M.D.,” which managed to lose over half of its audience in the demo this week in posting a 0.3 rating that puts it on the same level as “Nikita.” At least the latter show can argue that it airs on Friday night, so there’s no excuse here for what is a horrendous number. These numbers almost make the 0.5 for “Hart of Dixie” look good.
As bad as all of these numbers may be, the real loser here has to be CBS. Just hours after giving “Vegas” a full season, the show plummeted to a 1.5 rating that has to make it one of the oldest-skewing shows on TV in that it still had almost 11 million viewers.
What did you watch on Tuesday?