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


    That’s why I suggested splitting up “The Voice” to always be on two nights. That way, NBC could still protect “Smash,” a show that needs to be nurtured some more, while using its strongest show to support something new. I wouldn’t be surprised to see “Smash” stay where it is. After all, where else can it go where it wouldn’t be with shows that create tonal whiplash?

    Also, how can you say “Hannibal” looks good? Do you have a connection or something? (I don’t mean to sound hostile; I am just curious.)

    @H5O Fan:

    I basically agree. Perhaps in time, the show could be fine on its own, but right now, it’s not strong enough. Ideally, as I keep saying, NBC could split up “The Voice” and put the first half on Monday and the second half on Tuesday, both at 8:00, and then put “Notorious” before “Smash” and “County” before “Parenthood.”

    NBC really does need to work on exposing new viewers to both “Smash” and “Parenthood” over the summer.

  • Franko

    HOD just needs a better lead in.

  • @scl2

    Good numbers for Smash! But I don’t know if they will can hold those in season 2.

  • Carrie

    Does anyone know thE half-hour ratings for GG/HOD?

  • 1mars

    @Gina @Krista My opinion is just as valid as yours, just drop it, who cares, it’s just a tv show. We all have our own opinions

  • sammy

    I am not so sure Ringer will get be the one to get axed with the ratings all of the other shows are getting.

  • Rebecca

    lol I can’t stand Ellis either. I’m getting more used to him, just hate his character on Smash. I guess there are probably a lot of people like him in the biz, though. I used to hate the director character but now I like him more.

  • IsraelCD

    The LA Complex Will Do Worse Than RINGER ! Mark My Words !

  • Dan

    I love how so many people are bringing up the competition on Tuesday night’s at 9 and how it will cause The LA Complex to have low ratings yet I know there were many people on here who said that Ringer’s low ratings could not be blamed on the competition because it wasn’t airing against anything major and had a cushy time slot. Love the hypocrisy!!!

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    @Brian J

    TOUCH will go wherever X-Factor / American Idol goes. BONES can be on Mondays but those are dreadful ratings for a veteran show on a Monday night unless it’s the Spring fever annual ratings drop curse thingy where every network experiences drops.

  • SarahL

    LA Complex will struggle because it is Spring and it is TheCW’s usual narrowly targeted programming.

  • mrdoubleb

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record: same slot, Fridays (!), Nikita has 1.5x the total viewers.

  • mrdoubleb

    (1.5 x of GG, of course)

  • Phil

    I hope GG gets a downward adjustment. I don’t know why people hates Hart of Dixie. The show is an underdog, such as Nikita. Those shows are pretty good and I truly support Zeorge instead of Zade. Creppy shippers!

  • Liz


    Stars should put collateral: car title or house deed!

    The “stars” on Dancing with the Stars should forfeit the deeds to their houses or the titles to their cars if they don’t do well enough?

    Okay, I know I’ve said this before, but I truly think that might be the craziest thing I’ve ever seen posted on here.

  • mdmb


    ps poll for cw death soon? i guess answers must be a – 1 year from now b 2 years c 3 after netflix deal expire and d wb and cbs will close it!

    doubt it!I`m not gonna watch UPN again ,no one will huh.

  • Ricard

    House was terrible last night and it´s a pity that it can only pull a 2.3 going against TAAHM repeat

  • Brian J


    That’s if “Touch” gets renewed for a second season, which is far from clear.

    As for “Bones,” it’s doing just fine on Mondays, considering it was recently airing on Thursdays and had been for a while.

  • sad panda`

    too bad House is going

  • julie

    Hart of Dixie is amazing. Its just on the wrong time! Cant compete with House or 2.5 Men but its better than almost any other show on CW.. besides Supernatural but that’s a given. Ya gotta put it in a different time slot.

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