October 17, 2012 9:05am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: NBC Leads Boosted Broadcast Debate Coverage, 'Emily Owens' Opens Soft
With fast affiliate ratings from Tuesday's presidential debate not yet adjusted for time zones, returns are subject to significant change, but early returns have NBC locking down a clear win with adults 18-49.
The Voice, up a tenth of a point from last Tuesday's episode, started the night with a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49, leading into NBC News' coverage of the debate. Early figures have NBC in the lead of other broadcast debate coverage with a 4.7 adults 18-49 rating and 12.2 million viewers.
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ABC, which had a slightly boosted Dancing With the Stars results episode pull a 2.1 adults rating, was behind NBC with a 2.8 adults rating and 10.96 million viewers for its debate numbers.
An encore of NCIS: Los Angeles led into CBS' debate block. The network saw an average 2.2 adults rating and 8.3 million viewers for the two-hour broadcast.
New episodes of Raising Hope and Ben and Kate were both down to a 1.7 and 1.2 adults rating, respectively. Tentative debate ratings are a 1.7 with adults 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers.
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The CW saw its most-watched Tuesday night in nearly a year, though the premiere of Emily Owens M.D., up against the debate, did not rival recent premieres of Arrow and Beauty and the Beast. The show pulled a 0.5 rating with adults 18-49, falling from its 0.6-rated Hart of Dixie lead.
Adjusted fast national ratings for the debates will be available later in the day.