TV Ratings Monday: 'House,' 'Smash,' 'Dancing' Rise; 'Gossip Girl,' 'Hart Of Dixie' Hit Lows

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April 24th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.2/8 2.7/7 2.2/6 1.7/5 1.6/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.6/8 1.6/5 1.8/5 1.0/3 1.6/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.786 15.162 6.897 6.319 3.868 1.114

The Voice was even with last week's 3.7 adults 18-49 rating, getting no boost from lack of CBS original competition.  At 10pm, Smash received a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, up 11% compared to last week's season/series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. With CBS in all repeats, NBC easily topped the nights adults 18-49 ratings.

Dancing with the Stars was up 3% to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, after last week's 2.9 18-49 rating. 20/20: Dance Floor Confidential received a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating in a DWTS special, the same as the last new episode of Castle.

Bones was even with last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, and  House bounced up three tenths (15%) to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week's 2.0 rating .

Gossip Girl fell a tenth to a season low matching 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, compared to last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating. Hart of Dixie was also down a tenth, also matching its series low 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS was all repeats for the evening.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, April 24 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10p) 3.7 10 10.117
ABC Dancing With The Stars (8-10p) 3.0 8 17.270
FOX Bones 2.2 6 7.247
CBS How I Met Your Mother -R 1.7 5 4.775
CW Gossip Girl 0.5 1 1.005
8:30PM CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.8 5 5.232
9:00PM FOX House 2.3 6 6.547
CBS Two And A Half Men -R 2.0 5 6.650
CW Hart Of Dixie 0.5 1 1.223
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly -R 1.8 4 6.034
10:00PM ABC 20/20 DWTS special 2.1 6 10.948
NBC Smash 2.1 5 6.122
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 1.6 4 7.611

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," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.7/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/6.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market household with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households 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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  • Max


    I plan to. I am a sucker for “Melose Place” type camp soaps like this. But I know it won’t last and I am not expecting anything in terms of ratings. I will enjoy it while it lasts, much like I do everything on television these days. :)

  • Sid

    @John A

    Thanks for the intro, much appreciated ;)

    LMAO @ Hart of Dixie! :D

    As for the L.A Complex, I’m guessing a 0.6-0.8 with A 18-49 and probably 1.4-1.8 million total viewers. I’m hoping 9O21O returns descent tomorrow as well.

  • Michael

    La Complex got the Ringer advertisement treatment. The promos are being shown everywhere, on all major networks! I’m so tired of seeing Cassie Steele’s character saying, “This is where I belong.” lol

  • SteveO

    I’m not getting into any new CW shows. No point… they all get canceled now (probably).

  • Sophia

    90210 (Return) : 0.8/2
    The L.A. Complex (Premiere) : 0.6/1

    Lol, NO WAY. There is no way 90210 will come back with 0.8. I don’t think a show not named TVD has hit over a 0.8 since all shows came back from winter hiatus.

  • psychic

    Gossip Girl at barely a million…?

  • Rebecca

    Smash had good songs last night (I’ve enjoyed most of the songs, but last night’s seemed especially good). Fun Bollywood dream sequence, and Dev can sing! That’s all I watched, since Castle wasn’t on and HIMYM was a rerun. There was chatter in the preview for next week’s Smash about getting “Michael” back for the musical but I hope they don’t. They could get Patrick Wilson from AGM…he can sing.

  • bluejays

    I honestly thought Smash would be higher. HFO was in repeats and Castle wasn’t on at all. 2.1 is pathetic without any real competition and it was roundly trounced in overall viewers by 20/20 and a HFO repeat.

    Oh and for that commentator that comes on every single week and says HFO repeats badly, it’s done better than POI, Mentalist, CSI, Unforgettable this week and was one demo point shy of Criminal Minds repeat figures (and actually had more overall viewers).

    There’s a reason why it got such a good syndication deal.

    Pity Bones didn’t jump a bit along with House.

  • RyanCanada

    Bye Gossip Girl…

  • Max

    I see folks are already overestimating the chances for LA Complex.

    We are talking about a show premiering in the same slot as RINGER. A show that looks on the surface to be similar to Melrose Place 2.0 and airing in the same slot. Finally, we are talking about a show that will probably not be very compatible with 90210 and will air against major rating shows on ABC, NBC, and FOX.

    I think anything over a 0.4 is being generous.

  • Petar

    hahahahahahahha now the only question is NO how many bad shows CW have? Now the question is how many good shows CW have? (if any)

  • Gina

    Half hours for Bones?

  • Sid

    “La Complex got the Ringer advertisement treatment. The promos are being shown everywhere, on all major networks! I’m so tired of seeing Cassie Steele’s character saying, “This is where I belong.” lol”

    Really? I’ve only seen promos on The CW and a few sites online like Just Jared and TvLine. Where else have you seen promos?

  • Ron

    @ bluejays, shows don’t go up and down that much depending on competition. Look at the voice. No CBS this week and yet it’s ratings didn’t move. Smash isn’t going to just jump to a 2.5 because of no H50.

  • bluejays

    @Rebecca – Oh I love Patrick Wilson, I might even watch Smash for him….nope actually, not even for him.

  • rob60990

    Gossip Girl may go below a million again in the finals.

  • RyanCanada

    I hope LA Complex does well tonight!

  • Grey


    My thoughts too. Everyone’s always saying “Castle” is totally dependent on “DWTS” as a lead-in. It may help from time to time but obviously if “DWTS” isn’t even a guaranteed lead-in boost for itself that’s not totally true!

  • Michael

    Sid, I’ve seen the same promo on: MTV, vh1, Oxygen, E, ABC Family, and Lifetime. These are just the stations that I remember.

  • psychic

    I seem to remember there being a rerun of Castle last night.

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