October 31, 2012 11:23am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Storm Sandy' Specials Earn Mixed Reception, 'Mindy' Falls After Break
After more delays from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen give a win to NBC -- though storm coverage preemptions and power outages have likely taken some toll on the early returns.
The network had a two-hour episode of The Voice (4.6 adults rating), up seven percent from last week's outing. At 10 p.m., comedies Go On and The New Normal were preempted for a special NBC News' Storm Sandy special, which rated a 2.9 with adults 18-49. NBC averaged a 4.0 rating with adults 18-49 and 10.8 million viewers.
CBS returned from Monday's encores and news pretension with new episodes of NCIS (3.4 adults rating), NCIS:LA (2.8 adults rating) and Vegas (1.7 adults rating). NCIS and Vegas were both up six percent from last week's scores, while NCIS:LA was steady. The network topped with total viewers (15.1 million) and placed second in the demo with a 2.6 adults rating.
Raising Hope (1.7 adults rating) and Ben and Kate (1.4 adults rating) were both steady with last week's showing on Fox -- though New Girl and The Mindy Project both fell double digits. New Girl was down 15 percent to a 2.3 rating with adults 18-49, while Mindy, back after a long hiatus, was down 21 percent to a 1.5 rating in the demo. Fox averaged a 1.7 rating with 18-49-es and 3.8 million viewers.
Dancing With the Stars fell to a series low of a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, though it was down just a tenth of a point from the last results show two weeks ago. Happy Endings (1.4 adults rating) and Apt. 23 (1.2 adults rating) also slipped from last week's premieres, falling 22 and 29 percent respectively. ABC News' special 20/20 broadcast on Sandy earned a 1.3 rating with adults 18-49, giving the network an average 1.5 adults rating for the night and 6.9 million viewers.
The CW averaged a 0.5 rating with adults 18-49 over the course of the night, bringing in 1.2 million viewers. Hart of Dixie earned a 0.6 in the demo, while Emily Owens M.D. pulled a 0.3.
Univision posted a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49.