TV Ratings Monday: 'Daytona 500' Burns CBS & 'The Voice', But 'Castle,' 'Smash' & 'The Bachelor' Rise

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February 28th, 2012

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Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for Fox (NASCAR Daytona 500) are likely to be significantly adjusted in the final ratings.

The rain-delayed and rescheduled Daytona 500 burned up the track and looks to have topped the ratings on Monday night (although just edging NBC in the prelims), but since the ratings below aren't time zone adjusted, and they cover only the Eastern/Central Time zone primetime portion of the race, we'll have to wait until the final ratings (likely later today) for the final tally.

Update: Final ratings are still pending, but Fox just put out a press release containing some numbers which I believe are the time zone adjusted ratings, but am awaiting confirmation.

NBC's The Voice dropped 10% to a 5.4 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week's 6.0 rating.  Smash rose 4% to a 2.4 adults 18-49, vs. a 2.3 rating last week.

CBS's line up seemed to get hit hardest by the race as How I Met Your Mother fell 5% to a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 3.8 rating last week.  2 Broke Girls hit a series low 3.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 8% vs. a 4.0 rating last week. Two and a Half Men also fell to a series low, down 14% to a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 4.2 rating last week. Mike & Molly slumped 15% to a season low 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 3.4 rating last week.  Hawaii Five-0 slid 14% to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.9 rating last week.

The ladies seemed to ignore the race and turn out for ABC though. The Bachelor rose 4% to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.5 rating last week. Castle was up 5% to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.1 rating last week.

Gossip Girl matched its series low 0.5 adults 18-49 rating from last week. Hart of Dixie was down a tenth to a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 0.6 rating last week.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, February 27, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10p) 5.4 13 14.768
FOX Daytona 500 (8-10p) 4.5 11 14.239
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.6 10 9.134
ABC The Bachelor (8-10p) 2.6 6 7.983
CW Gossip Girl 0.5 1 1.165
8:30PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.7 9 10.139
9:00PM CBS Two And A Half Men 3.6 9 11.814
CW Hart of Dixie 0.5 1 1.399
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 2.9 7 10.096
10:00PM CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.5 6 9.443
NBC Smash 2.4 6 6.856
ABC Castle 2.2 5 9.061

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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

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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