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. (more…)