• What’s Popular on TV, According to Ratings

    HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – The premiere of CBS’ period crime drama “Vegas” easily won its time slot, while the Fox comedies “Ben and Kate” and “The Mindy Project” were both fourth in their time slots, according to live-plus- same-day figures released today by The Nielsen Co.

    “Vegas” averaged 14.85 million viewers from 10-11 p.m. Tuesday, topping the combined audiences of ABC’s “Private Practice” (6.46 million) and NBC’s “Parenthood” (4.89 million) which ran opposite it.

    “Ben and Kate” which stars Nat Faxon as a man who moves in with his younger sister (Dakota Johnson) to help raise her 5-year-old daughter (Maggie Jones), averaged 4.21 million viewers from 8:30-9 p.m.

    “The Mindy Project,” which stars series creator Mindy Kaling as a successful obstetrician gynecologist who desperately needs to break bad habits in her personal life, averaged 4.67 million viewers from 9:30-10 p.m.

    “Ben and Kate” tied for second in its time slot with ABC’s “DWTS: All- Stars: The Results Show” among women ages 18-34 behind the NBC singing competition “The Voice.” “The Mindy Project” was first in its time slot among the group.

    Ratings for premieres are often unrepresentative of how the series will fare because of the heavy promotion they receive and viewers who tune in who are interested in the concept, but do not return for future episodes.

    CBS was the most-watched network for each half-hour of  prime time and averaged 17.39 million viewers for the night.

    CBS began the night with “NCIS” averaging 20.48 million viewers from 8- 9 p.m., its second-largest premiere audience.

    “NCIS: Los Angeles” averaged 16.74 million viewers from 9-10 p.m., also its second-largest premiere audience.

    ABC was second, averaging 10.01 million viewers.

    “DWTS: All-Stars: The Results Show” averaged 11.79 million viewers from 8-10 p.m., finishing third behind “NCIS” and “The Voice” from 8-9 p.m. and second behind “NCIS: Los Angeles” from 9-10 p.m.

    NBC was third, averaging 7.53 million viewers. “The Voice” averaged 11.57 million viewers from 8-9 p.m., “Go On” 6.92 million from 9-9:30 p.m. and “The New Normal” 5.09 million from 9:30-10 p.m.

    Fox was fourth, averaging 4.86 million viewers. It also aired two episodes of “New Girl.” The first, which aired from 8-8:30 p.m., averaged 5.35 million and the second, which aired from 9-9:30 p.m. averaged 5.18 million.

    CBS also led among viewers ages 18-49, the group ABC, Fox and NBC target and advertisers pay more for because they watch less television and are harder to reach, 25-54 and 50 and older, a group it has long dominated. Fox led among viewers ages 18-34.

    ABC, CBS and NBC all aired three hours of prime-time programming and Fox two hours.

    The FX drama “Sons of Anarchy,” was the night’s most-watched cable program, averaging 3.8 million viewers.

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