TV Ratings Monday: 'The Voice' Down Slightly, But Leads; 'Smash,' 'Alcatraz' Continue to Fall; Most CBS Shows Recover; 'Castle' Inches Up

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February 21st, 2012

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The Voice was down two-tenths from last week (though note last week it was adjusted up a tenth in the finals) to a still robust 5.8 adults 18-49 rating but still easily was the night's highest rated program with adults 18-49 and more than enough to pace NBC to a win on the night.  The news for Smash wasn't good  though falling another half a point with adults 18-49 to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox's Alcatraz continued to fall as well dropping a tenth to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating and House was also down a tenth earlier in the night to a 2.3 adults 18-49 ratings.  Get your Fan Excuse Bingo cards out and look for the "President's Day" square.

CBS shows mostly bounced back between a tenth and four tenths led by How I Met Your Mother which was up 0.4 to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating.  2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men up two tenths to4.0,  was up two tenths to a 4.0 and 4.1  adults 18-49 ratings respectively. Hawaii Five-0 was up a tenth to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Mike & Molly was steady with a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating.

The Bachelor was steady with a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating between 8-10p and Castle was up a tenth vs. last week to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie were both steady vs. last week with adults 18-49 with a 0.5 and 0.6 adults 18-49 rating respectively.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, February 20, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice 5.3/14 14.58
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.8/10 9.81
ABC The Bachelor 2.4/6 8.15
FOX House 2.3/6 6.97
CW Gossip Girl 0.5/1 1.01
8:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls 4.0/10 11.28
9:00 NBC The Voice 6.3/15 16.86
CBS Two and a Half Men 4.1/10 13.24
ABC The Bachelor 2.5/6 8.04
FOX Alcatraz 1.8/4 5.96
CW Hart of Dixie 0.6/1 1.48
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 3.4/8 11.27
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.8/7 10.20
NBC Smash 2.39 6.47
ABC Castle 2.1/5 9.66

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," 2.9/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 1.0/4; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters

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