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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  • Brian J

    @blue jays:

    “2.1 is pathetic without any real competition and it was roundly trounced in overall viewers by 20/20 and a HFO repeat.”

    At this point, it looks very, very stable. That’s definitely something. What NBC needs to focus on now is exposing new viewers to the show all summer long and working on bringing them back in the fall.

  • KoolRebel

    I forgot to mention that only Nielsen people are the only ones who matters, never met one in my life. I wish I have one, so I can try to save my shows & I watch alot of TV, probably more than those with the special box.

  • mindilee

    Is everything new next Monday at 9:00? It will be interesting to see what happens with the numbers when HF0 and NCIS do their crossover episode, CBS is promoting it like crazy – but no Alex O’Loughlin. Will people tune in, out or doesn’t it matter?

  • SarahL


    Good lord, it’s like everyone here is the entire CW fan base. Every comment is about the CW network.

    LOL! It does seem like most of TheCW audience posts here. Intense fans of shows with dreadful ratings that clearly just about no one watches except them.

  • Brian J


    “Looks like BONES is moving back to Thursday nights next season or a possible move to s final season on Friday nights.”

    What makes you so sure? Fox needs something on Mondays now that “House” is no longer there. Whatever else you can say about the show, it’s doing pretty well on Mondays, all things considered. Fox would be wiser to hand Thursdays off to a new show after “The X Factor” and “Idol.” My guess is, it will be the Kevin Williamson serial killer/cult drama. Or maybe, just maybe, it’ll try to launch some comedies on the night.

  • Petar

    @Brian J

    NBC will do exactly like fox! And rhats smart way! Will use “The Voice” lead-in ro promote new shows and hope create hits!

  • 1mars


    You need to re read my comment, I did NOT call Brennan “Mommie Dearest” I said I saw where OTHERS did, and it was emailed to me. I think that is a little harsh BUT she still needed to apologize to BOTH Booth and Parker for her behavior towards Parker. If Parker was a problem, you think Booth WOULD NOT protect Christine from Parker, Nuts.

  • Gina


    Brennan was fine in the episode. She had no reason to apologize. Booth even thought something was off with him. She showed concern. Nothing wrong with her actions at all. It was even mentioned a few times that she was concerned for Parker. Once by Booth even.

    Anyway, Smash episodes was actually pretty good yesterday. Minus everything Ellis. Lol. Glad it ticked up a bit. But next week might be a different story. H5O has a pretty big episode.

  • Mike

    Smash will move to another night next season. And if it keeps that 1.9/2 demo, it will be ok for NBC.
    Then they can use The Voice to launch a new show. If NBC is able to get a hit after The Voice, then it will be NBC Mondays , at least in demo viewers.
    Hope they premiere Hannibal in this spot, looks good.

  • Jon Haven

    My heart dropped at the end of House. Maybe the upcoming story line will boost it’s ratings. WILLLLSSSSSSOOOOOONNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!

  • Tessa

    @Sammy01:You would think on a network that struggles for viewers they would all club together watch each others shows and hope for hits so their show can hopefully gain viewers through adverts during the hit show, being before or after it for a boost ect.

    That is probably the most ridiculous thing I read here ( and I’ve read some ridiculous things I tell ya.) I don’t watch shows to support networks. I watch them to have fun. If the CW decides to air teen dramas across the board, and the only show I like on there is Supernatural, I won’t watch the teen dramas to support that stupid decision. I would hope their ratings would flop so that the higher ratings for SPN gives them incentive to air more of the type of shows I like.

  • Krista

    1mars: Brennan didn’t do anything that would’ve made an apology necessary! Any sane person would’ve been worried about Parker’s behavior, because it was weird. She had nothing to apologize for and I really don’t understand what made her the Evil Stepmom to some people. Of course she feels different towards Parker than her own child, but that’s a natural response, since Parker’s NOT her child. That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t like him or want him to be a part of the family, but to her, Christine’s the most important thing, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s Booth who should have the same feelings for Parker and Christine.

  • H5O Fan

    @ Brian J, IMOO Smash will go were The Voice goes. NBC spent way to much money and way to many eggs in a basket to throw Smash out there at 10:00 without a very strong lead in, because if they do and Smash crashes and burns (and it will), it will be a another promotional disaster for NBC.

    @mindilee, as much as a love to see AOL grace my TV, this fan loves the whole show and I think the crossover and the last two episodes will be strong for this series.

    As far as CW shows, I have no opinion of the shows because I don’t watch them, but lately I am wishing C and W are taken out of the alphabets.

  • bluejays


    I’m intrigued to see what the crossover ep gets, not because of AOl being in it or not, I don’t think his missing one or two eps will make any difference to the ratings but just to see if the crossover boosts the shows at all.

    It’s been very heavily promoted and written about in the media so I hope it does give both shows a nice boost.

    As for AOL, much as I love him I’ll still be watching. I doubt I would if he left for good though, the show wouldn’t work for me without him as McGarrett, or Caan as Danno. But it can easily have a few eps without either of them. In fact its bizarre that people are asking if AOL not being there will impact the ratings at all, when most procedurals have a few eps where one of the cast go awol each season, just to give the actors a break. No one says that then. HFO might try that next season.

  • Petar


    Yep! But Hannibal is 13 ep mid-season replacement! I think will be after the voice result show in tuesdays! I mean in the voice second spring cycle(if the voice is with 2 cycles fall-spring)!
    JJ Abrams/Eric Kripke drama is the best one with jon favreau who direct the pilot(iron man 1 and 2 director) with hints of “The Hunger Games” to it- (strong, young female lead)

  • Linda

    HF-0 will do fine next week because of the crossover factor. I’ll watch, but my enthusiasm is lessened without Alex. The final two eps with AOL back, will be so great !!!

  • loewe

    0.3 for HoD next week… yes plzzz much!

  • glen

    “You would think a 20/20 special on DWTS would hold DWTS lead-in better.”

    Maybe, but perhaps any viewer can only take so much of one show in an evening – by the time hour three rolls around people are either heading to bed or changing the channel.

  • tv log

    BBC and NBC The Voice is better reality show than BBC/ABC Strictly Come Dancing / Dancing With The Stars! Stars on DWTS are for the money! It is not real competition! The voting on Dancing With The Stars is awful! Stars should put collateral: car title or house deed! The practice vignettes are pro wrestling like promos! No comparison Dancing during show! No voting from the TV viewers during the show! Tell next week comparison Dancing! Hint: Dance the same dance on the floor!

  • psychic

    Die, Hart of Dixie, die.

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