TV Ratings Monday: NBC Has a Big Voice the Day After Super Bowl; CBS Down, Not Out; 'Castle' Sees Lows; Big Drops for 'House,' 'Alcatraz'

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February 7th, 2012

Scoreboard NBC CBS ABC FOX Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.7/14 3.5/9 2.4/6 2.3/6 1.6/4 0.6/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.7/13 2.2/6 1.8/5 1.8/5 1.7/5 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 15.623 10.818 8.401 6.968 3.844 1.391

The first Monday of February sweeps of course saw original programming on all of the broadcast networks. On the heels of a record breaking Super Bowl and great post-Super Bowl turnout for The Voice, would  Monday's time period debut of The Voice and the premiere of Smash take a bite out of the competition's ratings? In a word, yes.

NBC won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers with The Voice pulling a 6.6 adults 18-49 rating from 8-10p, 29% higher than last year's premiere. Smash debuted to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating (the half hour breakout was a 4.2 dropping to a 3.4). For a hailstorm of bullets from NBC, click here.

CBS was second on the night with How I Met Your Mother down 0.4 from its last original to a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating. 2 Broke Girls was down 0.3 from its last original but was CBS's top performer (and the best 18-49 rating for a scripted show) with a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Two and a Half Men was down 0.4 from its last original to a season-low 4.2 adults 18-49 rating and Mike & Molly was also off four tenths with a season-low 3.4 adults 18-49 rating.  Hawaii Five-0 was off a tenth to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

The Bachelor's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating was even versus last week. Castle was down 5% to a season low-tying 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

FOX shows took a hit with House down 17% to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and Alcatraz down 21% from last week to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, February 6, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice 5.6/15 16.08
CBS How I Met Your Mother 4.0/11 9.99
ABC The Bachelor 2.5/7 8.06
FOX House 2.4/6 7.16
CW Gossip Girl 0.6/2 1.28
8:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls 4.3/11 11.42
9:00 NBC The Voice 7.3/18 19.30
CBS Two and a Half Men 4.2/10 12.90
ABC The Bachelor 2.6/6 8.43
FOX Alcatraz 2.2/5 6.78
CW Hart of Dixie 0.6/1 1.50
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 3.4/8 11.02
10:00 NBC Smash (Series Premiere) 3.8/10 11.50
CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.7/7 9.80
ABC Castle 2.0/5 8.72

via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.5/9; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2.8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.2/6; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.9/7 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.8/5 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.2/5 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.5/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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