Tuesday saw the two-hour debut of ABC’s competitive blind-taste cooking reality series The Taste (2.2/6) With chef and soon-to-be CNN host Anthony Bourdain, UK cooking guru Nigella Lawson, Lubo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey as judges/mentors, the show pits teams of professional and amateur chefs against one another. Pulling 6.04 million viewers, The Taste was up 5% from Dancing With The Stars’ Season 15 premiere rating on ABC in the same time slot on September 25. After six seasons, Private Practice (1.5/4) came to its end last night on the network. Although up 25% from last week’s show for a season high, the series finale of the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff was down 17% from the 1.8/5 rating it got for its last season ender May 5.
Private Practice wasn’t the only finale on TV last night. NBC’s Parenthood (1.7/5) wrapped up its fourth season, down 11% from its last winter finale on February 28, 2012.
CBS was all repeats Tuesday with NCIS (1.7/5), NCIS: LA (1.7/4) and Vegas (1.1/3). The long-running series were all No. 1 in their respective time slots, with NCIS the most-watched show of the night with 12.73 million viewers. CBS won the night in overall viewers with 10.466 million; ABC won in adults 18-49.
NBC hit primetime with its typical double shot of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. The 8 PM (1.6/5) airing of the hidden camera seniors series rose 7% from last week’s show. The 8:30 PM (1.8/5) broadcast was flat with its January 15 episode. Following at 9 PM, Go On (1.3/3) had a hard night. The freshman Matthew Perry series fell a hard 24% from last week. The New Normal (1.2/3) was down 14% from its January 15 show. That’s season lows for both shows.
Fox kicked off its Tuesday comedy block with Raising Hope (1.7/5), which popped up 6% from last week’s show. Ben And Kate (1.2/3) also saw a slight rise, up 9% from its January 15 show. The highest-rated comedy of the night among adults 18-49, New Girl (2.1/5), was up 11% from last week. The Mindy Project (1.5/4) was flat.
The CW had a good night with Hart Of Dixie (0.7/2) up 17% and Emily Owens M.D. (0.5/1) up two tenths from last week.