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ABC’s ‘Taste’ cooks up solid debut ratings

It's top show in key demo; NBC's 'Go On' labors

With typically top-rated CBS airing repeats, ABC’s “The Taste” opened to fairly good numbers Tuesday, edging out Fox’s “New Girl” as the night’s top show among young adults. Also for the Alphabet, which won the night in demos, “Private Practice” ended its run on a ratings uptick.

Tuesday has been a real slog for ABC this season, but the net’s two-hour premiere of “The Taste” produced winning numbers from 8 to 10 p.m. (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), gaining in 18-49 rating with each half-hour and producing the top series score in the time period for ABC since the finale of the spring edition of “Dancing With the Stars” last May. Beginning next week, the cooking contest will regularly air hourlong segs from 8 to 9, followed by “Happy Endings.”

At 10, “Private Practice” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) wrapped its six-season run with the show’s best scores since October.

Elsewhere, Fox comedies “Raising Hope” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall), “Ben & Kate” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) and “New Girl” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) were up week to week, while “The Mindy Project” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) held steady. “New Girl” and “Mindy” both beat their NBC comedy competition in the 9 o’clock hour.

The Peacock’s middle-hour Tuesday comedy block is really struggling without “The Voice” as its lead-in. This week, “Go On” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) and “The New Normal” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) ran fourth in 18-49 among the major nets and hit season lows. “New Girl’s” margin of victory over “Go On” in 18-49 was a hefty 62% (2.1 vs. 1.3).

Also down was the season finale of “Parenthood” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall), though it led among the major networks in 18-49; the show is expected to return for a fifth season though the network remains mum on its renewal.

Kicking off the night for NBC, “Off Their Rockers” was in line with last week (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall at 8 and 1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall at 8:30).

CBS aired encores of “NCIS” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 12.7 million viewers overall), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.7/4 in 18-49, 11.7 million viewers overall) and “Vegas” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall). Even with all repeats, the Eye drew as many total viewers as the combined deliveries for the original programming on ABC and NBC.

Likely aided by the “NCIS” shows airing in repeat, CW saw its dramas “Hart of Dixie” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) and “Emily Owens, M.D.” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall) post their best scores since their premieres in October.

Univision’s “Amores Verdaderos” ranked third among all broadcast programs on the night in 18-49 (2.0/5, 4.6 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 1.9/5; NBC and Fox, 1.6/4; CBS, 1.5/4; CW, 0.6/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 10.5 million; ABC, 5.8 million; NBC, 4.7 million; Fox, 3.4 million; CW, 1.5 million.

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