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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  • carla

    Wow, House is circling the drain for sure. Less than 6 million total viewers and only 2.0 in the demo (possibly to be adjusted downward in the final tally). Turning the focus this season on dull Wilson and Green Card Bride storylines was a disasterous choice for this once-great show. Embarrassing.

    My guess is that Fox moves Bones to Friday nights and Touch to Mondays to get it out of the way of POI on Thursdays.

  • 2134

    guys bring back Disqus commenting..

  • tom

    i don’t see why nbc doesn’t see that they should move the voice to tuesday — a 3.6 from an 8??? Going up against dancing and the cbs comedies? They have managed to take their number one show and drive it into the ground. They are completely hopeless.

  • Simon

    Any idea when we’ll get Monday’s Cable ratings Bill? Very curious to see how Eureka did last night, being in its final Season and all :(

  • Michael

    Everything wrong with NBC (and there is a lot) can be summarized by looking at one song. “Touch Me” sung by Katherine McPhee is the single BEST thing to come out of NBC this year. Yet, the creative geniuses who took “Smash’s” brilliant “Who Will Play Marilyn?” concept and buried it under tired, old, poorly executed soap opera devices, chose to present the song as a “mistake.” AGH!

    What a bunch of morons! And I’m not just talking about the network executives… I’m also throwing in the creative non-forces behind “The Voice” (which loses it’s charm once the blind audition gimmick plays out) and “Smash” who sink to new lows each and every week. Sad that NBC has spend more marketing and promo money on these two over-hyped soon-to-be also-rans.

  • Roger

    I watched Castle last night just to see Adam Baldwin. (I’m an old Chuck fan)He did a great job. I think the show itself is getting a little old. It’s the same old stupid relationship stuff that has been done and re-done by every other show out there. How long can we keep themain to characters apart and still keep viewers.

    For the CW shows that have Schwartz as the producer – I feel sorry for the fans – season 3 of Chuck ring a bell?

  • The End


    I would prefer a system that integrates twitter. Makes commenting less Anonymous. Unsure if thats what you meant though. Anyway I’m alright with how things are now to be honest.

  • GayGuyAGAINSTMarriage

    TXF remained mostly consistent, showing minor declines and then picked up again with the finale.
    The Voice is plummeting.

    I see TXF returning higher next time.

  • Justin121

    At this point I’m surprised CW is pulling one million viewers.

    If they pick up The Carrie Diaries they’ll be at 100,000 viewers by 2014.

    They need some sitcoms, procedurals, reality, dramedies, older and male leads (or, for that matter, any leads who aren’t 30-pretending-to-be-16), and more than 10 hours of prime time to program.

    [Only The Office can now spare NBC from the fate of managing to go the entire week without a 2.0 from a scripted show. Has any Big Four network ever pulled that off in-season?]

    The irony is that The Office, and their attempt at building the network arond it, is probably what brought them down to the state they’re in now.

  • NCJeff

    Does the bingo card have a spot for “Everyone was doing their taxes?”

    Didn’t read all the posts. Hope no one else already thought of that.

  • A

    The Nielsen system is so retarded. There are millions who dont even have a nielsen box. How does one get a nielsen box anyways? I wish our views could count. This is ridiculous.

  • Andres

    House was a crapfest last night. I couldn´t finish the episode. House and the young prostitute he married made my family turn the TV off. Ratings are not surprising at all.

  • Ultima

    Does the bingo card have a spot for “Everyone was doing their taxes?”

    An original fan excuse bingo entry on page 13? ~hat tip~

  • King

    Nielsen sample is just 0,02 of household whith TV.

    There are just 25.000 Nielsen box. It’s to small…

  • Ultima

    The Nielsen system is so retarded. There are millions who dont even have a nielsen box. How does one get a nielsen box anyways? I wish our views could count. This is ridiculous.

    Why do people assume that if everyone’s viewing habits were recorded, the numbers would be significantly different? Or different in a positive way?

  • RJ

    something about seeing HIMYM that low makes me a little sad… even if it is alreasy renewed

  • Kyle

    Why some people wants to have Bones on Fridays? The highest FOX could get on Friday with a scripted show was 1.5, and below a 2.0 rating is a series low for Bones.

  • SarahL


    … older and male leads (or, for that matter, any leads who aren’t 30-pretending-to-be-16)

    This made me laugh. TheCW’s casting and programming is so pathetic. CBS/WB better hope that Netflix deal is renewed in 2015 for similar big bucks because TheCW’s production model is a failure and will never be profitable.

  • Networkman

    I feel CBS should make next season of HIMYM its last. If CBS wants to try a comedy block on Friday. HIMYM and Rules of Engagement would be the two I would send packing to that night. That night could use the demo from HIMYM. The shows overall viewers are getting too low for a weekday. A new comedy should air after Two & A Half Men next year to try and establish another hit.

    Regarding Bones, it only has one more year left in it. I would love to see it on Friday. I feel it can bring in at least 4.5-5 million viewers weekly. Whoa!@The Voice now only getting high 3s for its demo. Lastly, Castle has to be moved and I do feel Thursday @8pm may be best. Because it might not be wise for ABC to launch a new drama there.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Why do people assume that if everyone’s viewing habits were recorded, the numbers would be significantly different? Or different in a positive way?”

    Such is the wishful thinking of the angry and/or desperate fan.

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