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.

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  • Survivor Fan

    I know that ratings are always low in the spring, but this years’ drop seems larger than normal. Will shows go back up in the fall?

  • Molly

    NBC is quality network it has it times! W hen they wanna shine im starting to belive in this network!

  • Sammy01

    Not sure why people still keep saying or thinking Bones will go to Friday next year?

    What could Fox put on Monday at 8pm that wouldn’t get low 1’s if that? Moving Bones to Friday would basically kill it, then whatever show replaced Bones at 8 on Mondays would be a lamb to the slaughter. Why kill 2 shows, when one can get mid to low 2’s on a night Fox has been so uncompetitive with? Right now Bones getting low 2’s is the best Fox can hope for in that time slot, no way it moves unless Fox has a sure fired hit to replace it, which touch for sure isn’t.

    If Bones keeps between 2.2 (assuming the last ep gets adjusted up) and 2.5 for its remaining eps in that slot Fox will be more than happy

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I know that ratings are always low in the spring, but this years’ drop seems larger than normal. Will shows go back up in the fall?”

    They haven’t during the last several years. The general rule has been spring finale ratings have been about the same as the next Fall’s premiere ratings.

    Although there were plenty of exceptions, and it’s the kind of trend I wouldn’t rely heavily on.

  • GDfriends

    Final numbers are late today… :(

  • oneiron

    ABC better figure out what it is going to do with Castle. Interesting show and Stana Katic is drop dead gorgeous. But it is hard to stay interested in the show when it is not on, then a rerun, then a new episode, then a week off, etc.

  • Mike

    Oh how I hope HOD gets adjusted down. I hate that show so freaking much.

  • Sophia

    “Oh how I hope HOD gets adjusted down. I hate that show so freaking much.”

    Aren’t you sweet.

  • halloween

    Warner exec blaming Nielsen for CW rating woes :) teens hard to track…hahaha

  • Ultima

    I know that ratings are always low in the spring, but this years’ drop seems larger than normal.

    While this is anecdotal since it’s just one show, here’s the winter/spring numbers for How I Met Your Mother which has drawn gasps today. (By the way, it aired on the exact same weeks this season as last.)

    2011 – 3.9, 3.9, 3.8, 3.7, 3.5, 3.4, 3.0, 2.7. 2.5

    2012 – 3.9, 4.4, 4.0, 3.4, 3.8, 3.6, 3.5, 3.5, 3.0

    It’s had the same 1.4 peak to low drop as last year; percentage wise it has been more stable this spring than last.

    Each show is different, of course, but I think that people tend to forget just how much shows can drop in March/April and think the end is near every year.

  • SJ

    Any particular reason the finals are so late today?

  • Rebecca

    I was just going to ask that, too.

  • Lex

    Good for GG and HOD. About time they got some good news haha. Lets see if they adjust down in the finals.

  • SarahL


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

    LOL! It is also the lack of understanding of statistically sampling. It suggests that a lot people get college degrees without taking a statistical course.

  • thesnowleopard

    Most people who get college degrees never take a statistics course. In fact, it’s quite possible to graduate from college with little more than basic algebra, if that. You can even get a science degree (including PreMed) without either statistics or calculus. It all depends on your university or college’s requirements.

  • Justin121

    The obligatory CATCH REVENGE THIS WEDNESDAY comment


  • Drew

    ““I thought HIMYM was a repeat last night?””

    “My info shows it as an original, but errors are always possible.”

    Do the networks ever take into account when looking at ratings that the reason they are so low is because with all the on-again/off-again scheduling, nobody ever knows when the heck new ones are going to be on?

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