TV Ratings Monday: 'Voice,' 'Smash,' 'Dancing,' 'Mother,' '2 Broke Girls,' 'Bones' Hit Lows, As NBC Tops Night

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April 17th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/8 2.7/7 2.6/7 2.0/5 1.5/4 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.7/8 1.8/5 1.3/4 1.8/5 1.6/5 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.61 8.09 14.72 6.30 3.75 1.22

NBC notched the nightly win with the advertiser coveted adults 18-49, even as The Voice dipped 10% to a season low (and series low for a performance show) 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 4.0 rating last week.  At 10pm, Smash dropped a tenth to a season/series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a season/series low 2.0 rating last week.

How I Met Your Mother dropped half a point to a season low 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 3.5 rating last week. 2 Broke Girls fell two tenths to a season/series low 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 3.5 rating last week.  Two and a Half Men rose a tenth to a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 3.6 rating last week. Mike & Molly fell a tenth to a match its season low 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 3.2 rating last week, and Hawaii Five-0 was a repeat.

Dancing with the Stars slid two tenths to a series low for a performance show 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 3.0 rating last week. After a week off, Castle returned up a tenth to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.1 rating in its last new episode.

FOX had an up and down night, as Bones dipped a tenth to a season low 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.2 rating last week, but House rose a tenth to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.9 rating last week.

Gossip Girl was up a tenth to a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 0.5 rating last week. Same with Hart of Dixie its 0.6 adults 18-49 rating was up a tenth from last week as well.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, April 16 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10p) 3.6  10 9.939
ABC Dancing With The Stars (8-10p) 2.8  7 16.338
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.0 9 7.272
FOX Bones 2.1 6 6.970
CW Gossip Girl 0.6 2 1.118
8:30PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.3 9 8.436
9:00PM CBS Two And A Half Men 3.7 9 11.038
FOX House 2.0 5 5.622
CW Hart Of Dixie 0.6 1 1.324
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 3.1 8 9.561
10:00PM ABC Castle 2.2 6 11.495
NBC Smash 1.9 5 5.958
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 1.6 4 6.114

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," 2.4/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late
Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of
"Nightline," 3.6/9; 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," 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late
Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel
Live," 0.5/3.

* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in
metered-market household with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late
Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People
Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/2 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late
Show" (0.3/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Kat

    I liked it when Bones was on Thursdays. Ever since it moved to Monday I forget it is on. I didn’t remember the show until after 7:30.

  • SMG84

    @Kyle thanks

  • Brandy

    Natalia, just cause Ringer and Nikita are doing well on the Eonline SOS doesnt mean CW will/has to or should renew them.As a poster there said “Where are all these fans during the live show?”.Its probably a couple people voting &commenting a hundred times.Do these people really think CW is gonna either of its lowest rated shows cause of this poll?”

  • gustavo

    I guess with the good wheather :Not just people try to lose weight but also the ratings looks thiner.

  • K

    Remember when people were calling Smash a huge winner for NBC?

  • natalia

    @Brandy, they did it for Life Unexpected. Plus, Kristen said it helped One tree Hill. Dont ask me these things, go ask kristin.

  • natalia


    “Where are all these fans during the live show?”.
    They don’t have Nielson boxes maybe!!! That is why mark was smart to bring in rentrak to see how there shows are really doing.

  • natalia


    I watch GG sometimes, TSC, VD, Ringer and OTH always LIVE! I do not have a Nielson box and neither do my friends. We all watch live and non of our viewership counts with Nielson.

  • moli

    @K I feel like NBC may have jumped the gun a little in giving Smash an early renewal. Not only have ratings tumbled, but it’s also (IMO) declined considerably in quality in a short span of time. I enjoyed the pilot quite a bit, but the show has since become a complete mess.

    I also can’t imagine NBC is too happy that after all the money they spent promoting Smash, the ratings are now on par with other shows on the network that also struggle in the ratings, while receiving far less promotional support.

  • The End


    There’s nothing about the show that screams, we have more fans than there are Nielsen reported viewers.

    In all honesty the only show I’ve seen that with is Fringe. Nothing on the CW at all in my opinion is being under reported by Nielsen. I think these are likely accurate figures.

    For the record, I care about nothing on the CW. This is just my opinion and nothing more.

  • tvfreak

    @moli: Ex. Act. Ly. ;)

  • Ultima

    ohhhh cooomee onnn HIMYM whyyyyyyy?????

    To put its ratings into context, this week last season HIMYM had a 2.5, so it’s still up 20% year-to-year, which matches what it has done for the season overall.

    Expect similar ratings for its next episode, followed by a significant jump (maybe 4.0) for the hour-long finale.

  • Rebecca

    I think that one hour finale for HIMYM on 5/14 will be really good. Their finales are always good, usually answering questions from the same season’s premieres. And from last week’s episode, we know Ted has his first child by some time in 2015 because Baby Girl Moseby is in the scene where they’re watching the Star Wars original trilogy again.

  • Nadine

    Bones on Friday? Not likely. Where would they put that downer, Fringe? :-)

  • Nadine

    It’s true that I’ve had to give on DWTS when Bones moved to Mondays, although that’s not causing much pain. You can always skip the contest shows, even if you like them.

  • Jack

    Castle sure does know how to keep the DWS viewers!! 11.5 mil! Good job Castle!

  • Tony ^_^

    Everything is down… :/ I hope this doesn’t affect “New Girl” (but it’s already been renewed. So no need to worry much… :D)

    “The Voice” keeps going down. A Results show got a 3.5 last week… O.o

    If it keeps falling could “Idol” be the #1 non-sports show again? Since “The Voice” average is high due to the Super Bowl…

  • Kyle

    From the CW I only watch Ringer and Supernatural live. Really hoping for a 0.5/0.6 for today’s finale.

  • kaslad

    I hope it will be adjusted up in the finals.

  • Brandy

    Natlia, I also dont have a Nielson box, but watch gg, 90210, VD, SC, HOD, Nikita, Oth, ANTM on c(ill watch Breaking Pointe and maybe Star Next Door this summer on cw, on abc I watch Desperate Housewives, GCB, on cbs jusr 2 broke girls, on abcfamily I watch pll, miobi, lying game, jane by design(Bunheads this summer).. I watch 99% of these live but do have/use a dvr. On Lifetime I watch Client List,Drop Dead Diva.Tnt just Rizzoli & Isels.

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