With pre-emptions for coverage of the Sandy storm aftermath and continuing widespread power outages, fast national ratings for last night are only approximate. NBC posted a clear-cut victory in adults 18-49, winning every hour of primetime with The Voice (4.6/12, up 7% from last week) and an NBC News storm special (2.9/8).
Alarming news for ABC, none of whose shows cracked the 2 demo rating in the fast national. The news was worst for the fledgling 9-10 PM comedy block, whose members Happy Endings (1.4/4) and Don’t Trust The B—- (1.2/3) both tumbled, down 22% and 29% from their openers last week. Dancing With The Stars results (1.9/5) was down 5%, and a news special (1.3/3) closed out the night. ABC sure hopes for an upward adjustment, though no adjustment can erase the big drop-off for the comedies.
Fox experienced a similar fall for its 9-10 PM comedies that air against ABC ones as both blocks faced The Voice last night vs NBC comedies last Tuesday. New Girl (2.3/6) was down 15% from last week, while The Mindy Project (1.5/4) dove 21%. Meanwhile Fox’s 8-9 PM comedies held steady with last week — Raising Hope (1.7/5) and Ben And Kate (1.4/4).
CBS was stable. NCIS (3.4/9) was up 6%, NCIS: LA (2.8/7) was flat and Vegas (1.7/4) was up a tenth. CBS won the night in total viewers. On the CW, Hart Of Dixie (0.6) was up a tenth, Emily Owens M.D. (0.3) was flat.