TV Ratings: 'Celebrity Wife Swap' Returns to Highs, 'Golden Boy' Gets Solid Sampling
The ABC reality series grows with its Kate Gosselin premiere but can't boost "The Taste," while the new CBS drama dominates in the increasingly noncompetitive 10 p.m. hour.
With an average 2.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 15.9 million viewers over the course of primetime, CBS easily took another Tuesday night. NCIS (3.4 adults), down just a tenth of a point, kicked off the night before NCIS: LA (2.9 adults) grew two tenths of a point. Ahead of its official Friday premiere, midseason drama Golden Boy opened solidly at 10 p.m. with a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. It was off 28 percent from the premiere of Vegas (2.5 adults) in the fall -- but was up three tenths of a point from the show's most recent showing in the hour.
Celebrity Wife Swap (2.4 adults) fared quite well in its season premiere, up a tenth of a point from last year's debut for a series high in the key demo. The boost did not help The Taste (1.4 adults), though. The series was down two tenths of a point in its new time slot. At 10 p.m., Body of Proof (1.2 adults) held last week's premiere audience. ABC averaged a 1.7 rating in the demo and 5.8 million viewers.
A steady Raising Hope (1.5 adults) kicked off Fox's Tuesday, with a slightly boosted New Girl (2.3 adults, up by a tenth) and a steady Mindy Project (1.6 adults) following. The network averaged a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers.
Back-to-back episodes of Betty White's Off Their Rockers both pulled a 1.3 adults rating on NBC, with the second half hour down a tenth of a point from last week. Go On (1.1 adults) was steady with last week's low, while The New Normal (1.0 adults) was up a tenth. Smash (0.9 adults) held last week's score as well. NBC pulled a 1.1 adults rating and 3.4 million viewers for the night.
Hart Of Dixie (0.6) was up a tenth of a point from last week ahead of an even Cult (0.3 adults). The CW averaged a 0.5 adults rating and 1.1 million viewers.
Univision, maintaining its February sweep lead over NBC, averaged a 1.5 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers.