‘Smash’ continues sophomore slump in ratings, ABC’s ‘Body of Proof’ tumbles

By Daniel S Levine,

Tuesday was another ugly night for the networks’ midseason shows. NBC’s Smash reached a new series low as its second season continues to struggle, while ABC’s Body of Proof season premiere fell from last season.

With all the lsw numbers everywhere else, CBS had no problem winning all three hours of primetime, notes HitFix. The network averaged 15.65 million viewers and a 2.6 18-49 rating. NCIS drew 20.1 million viewers and a 3.5 18-49 rating, while NCIS: LA drew 16.34 million and a 2.7 rating. Vegas ended the night with 9.6 million viewers and a 1.5 18-49 rating.

ABC stumbled to second place with 6.56 million viewers and a 1.8 18-49 rating. The Taste was up to 4.9 million viewers and a 1.6 18-49 rating. A Bachelor special filled the 9 p.m. slot and drew just over 8 million viewers and a 2.6 18-49 rating. According to The Wrap, Body Of Proof drew just 6.7 million viewers and a 1.2 18-49 rating, a 45 percent fall from its previous season premiere back in fall 2011.

NBC did manage a third place finish with 3.68 million viewers and a 1.1 18-49 rating. Off Their Rockers kicked off the night with 4.67 million viewers and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Go On had 3.3 million and a 1.1 key demo rating, while The New Normal drew 2.83 million and a 1.0 rating. Smash fell again to just 3.29 million viewers and a 0.9 18-49 rating. That’s a 25 percent drop from last week.

Fox had just 3.48 million viewers and a 1.7 18-49 rating for its Tuesday comedies. THR notes that all three new episodes were down from last week. Raising Hope had 3.7 million viewers and a 1.5 18-49 rating, while a new New Girl had 4.36 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating. The Mindy Project drew a 1.6 18-49 rating and just over 3 million viewers.

The CW’s Hart of Dixie had 1.37 million viewers and a 0.5 18-49 rating. The new Cult had just 941,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating. Not a good start.

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