September 26, 2012 8:49am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Mindy Project' Premieres OK, 'New Girl' and 'Go On' Tie, 'Vegas' Opens Big
CBS opened its Tuesday night on top of the other nets, taking NBC's demo crown for the first time since The Voice premiered three weeks ago. Though NCIS down a tenth of a point from last season's premiere, the 4.1 adults rating was the strongest of the night.* NCIS: LA was also relatively steady, down six percent to a 3.4 with 18-49-ers, before Vegas made its debut at 10 p.m. The drama, starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, opened to a 2.5 adults rating, down 14 percent from last year's time slot offering, Unforgettable. Still, it easily won its hour and brought in huge total viewers (14.7 million). The network pulled a 3.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 17.2 million viewers over the course of the night.
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Against the new competition, The Voice was down 15 percent in fast affiliate numbers to a 4.0 rating with 18-49-ers. Go On lost 21 percent of last week's showing last week, posting a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 and tying new competition in New Girl. The New Normal was down just two tenths of a point for a 2.0 adults rating and retained a healthier portion of its Go On lead. Parenthood was immune to competition, holding 100 percent of last week's haul for a 1.8 rating in the key demo. Overall, NBC averaged a 2.7 adults rating for the night and 7.4 million viewers.
Fox opened the night with a special broadcast of New Girl (2.7 adults rating) before the series premiere of Ben and Kate opened to a softer 2.0 rating with 18-49-ers. (For the past three seasons that hour belonged to Glee.) The official New Girl premiere posted a 2.7 rating with adults 18-49 at 9 p.m., on par with its recent finale but a far cry from the 4.8 adults rating it debuted to last year. The Mindy Project fell from its New Girl lead and opened to an optimistic (if slightly unimpressive) 2.4 adults rating. The network averaged third place with 2.5 adults rating and 4.9 million viewers for the night.
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A two-hour results episode of Dancing With the Stars earned a 2.0 rating with adults on ABC. It was down 31 from last fall's results debut, and led into Private Practice. It kicked off its abbreviated season down 32 percent from last year's Thursday premiere with a 1.9 rating in adults 18-49. ABC averaged a 2.0 adults rating and 9.9 million viewers.
Univision netted a 1.5 adults rating for the night, while encores brought The CW a 0.5 rating with 18-49-ers and 632,000 viewers.
*Editor's note: In final ratings, The Voice actually topped NCIS by a tenth of a point with a 4.2 among adults 18-49.