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TV Ratings Monday: 'Bones' Returns Bigger Than 'Alcatraz' & 'House'; 'The Voice,' 'Castle' Lower; 'Smash' Higher; NCAA Championship Leads to CBS Win

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April 3rd, 2012

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*Due to the nature of live coast-to-coast programming the ratings for CBS (NCAA Basketball) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

Though we'll need to wait for the finals, the Kansas vs. Kentucky Men's NCAA Basketball Championship was 4% higher than last year's preliminary numbers at a 7.0 adults 18-49 rating.

The Voice fell 9% from last Monday to a season low 4.1 adults 18-49 rating, but Smash was up 5% to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Bones returned stronger, up 4% vs. its last Thursday outing to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. That's obviously higher than Alcatraz and while Bones is looking bigger than a house, the show was also bigger in the ratings than House. House drew a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, and that was up 5% from its last original two weeks ago.

Dancing with the Stars fell 13% to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, tying a performance show low. Castle was down 4% to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Gossip Girl drew a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating on the CW.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, April 2, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice 8-10p 4.1/11 10.67
ABC Dancing with the Stars  8-10p 2.8/7 16.54
CBS 2 Broke Girls (R) 2.5/8 8.27
FOX Bones 2.5/7 8.19
CW Gossip Girl 0.5/2 1.06
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men (R) 2.6/7 8.50
9:00 CBS Prelude to a Championship 4.4/11 13.16
FOX House 2.2/6 6.72
CW Hart Of Dixie (R) 0.3/1 0.73
9:30 CBS NCAA Championship: Kansas vs. Kentucky (to 11p) 7.0/17 19.31
10:00 ABC Castle 2.2/5 12.06
NBC Smash 2.2/5 6.09

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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," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/6 with an encore delayed by basketball; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.9/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/4 with an encore delayed by basketball; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/6 delayed by basketball).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.5/3 delayed by basketball).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 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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NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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