November 14, 2012 9:01am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: 'Private Practice' Hits Series Low, 'Mindy Project' Rises
NBC won its sixth straight Tuesday among the key adults 18-49 demographic, with The Voice rebounding from last week's comparable telecast.
The Voice (11 million total viewers, 3.8 rating in adults 18-49) was up 27 percent from last Thursday's season-low elimination episode, when it aired on a special night during election week. The Voice won its 8 p.m. hour in the demo, easily topping time slot competitors NCIS and Dancing With the Stars.
The singing competition show's uptick didn't boost Matthew Perry's Go On (6.3 million, 2.3), down 4 percent; however, The New Normal (4.8 million, 1.8) improved 6 percent from its last original three weeks ago. Parenthood (4.7 million, 1.8) slipped 5 percent, but topped the 10 p.m. period.
Fox's comedy block returned, with freshman series The Mindy Project (3.2 million, 1.7) jumping 13 percent among aduts 18-49 and 25 percent in the younger adults 18-34 set. In fact, Mindy Project was the only Fox series to see an increase. Raising Hope (3.8 million, 1.6), Ben and Kate (2.5 million, 1.1) and New Girl (4.3 million, 2.2) were all down, with rookie Ben and Kate seeing the steepest drop at 21 percent.
ABC's Dancing With the Stars results show (11.9 million, 1.9) rose 6 percent, while Happy Endings (4.8 million, 1.4) was steady and Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 (3.2 million, 1.1) dropped 8 percent for a new low. In its final episodes, Private Practice (3.7 million, 1.1) saw a similar drop to Ben and Kate with a 21-percent downturn for a series low.
CBS' NCIS (16.9 million, 3.0) placed second at 8 p.m. behind The Voice, but was the most-watched program on broadcast in primetime. NCIS: LA (15.7 million, 2.8) continued to be a reliable lead-out, topping its 9 p.m. time slot in both viewers and 18-49. Vegas (10.4 million, 1.6) placed second behind Parenthood at 10 p.m.
The CW's Hart of Dixie (1.7 million, 0.7) returned with its most-watched episode since December 2011, along with a rising Emily Owens, M.D. (1.4 million, 0.4), the latter of which is the network's remaining new fall show awaiting a full-season pickup.
CBS topped primetime viewership with a 14.3 million average, followed by NBC (7.1 million), ABC (6.5 million), Fox (3.5 million) and the CW (1.6 million).
NBC narrowly won the evening among adults 18-49 with a 2.6 average, followed by CBS (2.5), Fox (1.7), ABC (1.4) and The CW (0.5).