Retooled and returning last night for its third season, ABC’s Body Of Proof (1.2/3) did not offer strong ratings evidence Tuesday. The drama was down a cratering 45% from its Season 2 premiere on September 20, 2011 and tied a series low. It was also down 37% from its Season 2 finale in April. Meanwhile, in another debut, The CW’s Cult (0.3/1) premiered at 9 PM. Opening weak, the new midseason suspense drama attracted about 940,000 viewers and was down from the 1.4/1 who watched the finale of Emily Owens M.D. in the same slot February 5. The second episode of the second season of NBC’s Smash (0.9/2) stumbled again last night, down 25% from its season premiere to a new series low. The Season 2 premiere of the musical drama February 5 was the show’s previous low.
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Everything was back to normal on TV on Tuesday after the State of the Union took over most of the schedule last week. ABC started its night with a double serving of reality: At 8 PM The Taste (1.6/5) was up 7% from last week, and at 9 PM,a one-hour The Bachelor (2.6/7) was down 13% from its Monday airing but even with its two-hour broadcast two weeks ago. NCIS (3.5/10) kicked things off on CBS. The long-running cop show dipped 5% from its last original February 5. NCIS: LA (2.7/7) was also down from its last original two weeks ago, falling 13%. Freshman Vegas (1.5/4) was flat with its last new show February 6, matching a series low. With 15.648 million watching, CBS still won the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.
The usual double shot of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers began primetime on NBC. The 8 PM (1.3/4) airing of the hidden camera series slipped 7% form its last original three weeks ago to tie a series low. On the flip side, the 8:30 PM (1.4/4) broadcast bopped up 8% from last week’s show. Go On (1.1/3) was down 15% from its last original January 29. That’s a new series low for the struggling freshman comedy. NBC’s other freshman, The New Normal (1.0/2), was also down from its last original three weeks ago, dipping 7% to hit a series low.
Fox’s comedy block kicked off with Raising Hope (1.5/5) last night. The show was down 6% from its last new broadcast two weeks ago. A repeat of New Girl (1.3/3) followed with a new New Girl (2.2./6). which fell 5% from its last original February 5. The Mindy Project (1.6/4) was down 16% from its last new show two weeks ago.
The CW had a new Hart Of Dixie (0.5/1) last night, down a tenth from last week.
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