'New Girl' rises, crushes all Tuesday comedy

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Fox’s New Girl continues to show up all the other Tuesday comedies. Though its numbers aren’t exactly thrilling, the Fox sophomore comedy series manages to stand well above the crowd of strugglers and stragglers on the evening (and last night’s comedy cluster was truly a crowd — broadcast networks aired seven sitcoms across nine half-hour time slots).

New Girl was up 14 percent to have its best rating in three months, with 4.7 million viewers and a 2.5 rating in the demo. Again, not huge. But let’s look at the demo ratings for everybody else: New Girl‘s lead-out Mindy Project had a 1.7 (the comedy’s best number in four months), then there was a one-hour Raising Hope (1.7 and 1.5), ABC’s one-hour Happy Endings (1.2 and 1.3), NBC’s Go On (1.2) and The New Normal (1.1), with both the NBC shows hitting a series low.

Also Tuesday: ABC’s new food competition series The Taste disappointingly dropped 24 percent from last week’s promising debut (guess “just one taste” is all that viewers wanted?). Airing a primetime repeat of Matt Damon’s takeover of Jimmy Kimmel Live came in last place at 10 p.m. CBS’ NCIS was down a notch from last week’s record-setting viewership, while NCIS: LA and Vegas were both up at least 15 percent from their last original episodes a couple weeks ago. The CW’s Hart of Dixie dipped.

Full Chart:

 ADULT DEMO RANK ADULTS 18-49 RATING  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8:00P RAISING HOPE #5t 1.7 3,853
8:30P RAISING HOPE S #8t 1.5 3,382
9:00P NEW GIRL #3 2.5 4,658
9:30P MINDY PROJECT #5t 1.7 3,106
ABC 8-9P THE TASTE #7 1.6 4,790
9:00P HAPPY ENDINGS #13t 1.2 2,906
9:30P HAPPY ENDINGS S #11t 1.3 2,843
10-11P JIMMY KIMMEL RS #13t 1.2 3,190
CBS 8-9P NCIS #1 3.7 21,825
9-10P NCIS:LA #2 3.1 17,188
10-11P VEGAS #4 1.9 11,116
NBC 8:00P OFF ROCKERS #10 1.4 5,176
8:30P OFF ROCKERS #8t 1.5 5,267
9:00P GO ON #13t 1.2 3,864
9:30P NEW NORMAL #16 1.1 3,118
10-11P DATELINE S #11t 1.3 4,979
CW 8-9P HART DIXIE #17 0.5 1,325
9-10P EMILY OWENS #18 0.4 1,360

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