TV Ratings Monday: CBS Wins as 'Bones,' 'Smash,' 'The Voice' & 'DWTS' Fall to Lows; 'House' Slips; 'Hawaii Five-0' Edges a Rising 'Castle'

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May 1st, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/8 2.9/8 2.6/7 2.0/5 1.5/4 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/6 2.4/4 1.5/4 1.7/5 1.6/5 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.004 8.070 14.353 6.788 3.889 1.181


CBS marked its first Monday win since the season premiere of The Voice as How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly were each up a tenth of an adults 18-49 rating point from their last originals.  Two and a Half Men was down a tenth from its last original but still was the night's highest rated show with adults 18-49 with a 3.7 rating. Hawaii Five-0 slipped a tenth vs. its last original three weeks ago to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating

The Voice fell 8% from last Monday and marked a new series low for a performance show with a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. Smash fell 10% to a series low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Dancing with the Stars dropped 16% to a series low for a performance show with a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Castle was up 14% from two weeks ago to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating

On Fox,  Bones fell three tenths from last week to a season low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating and House slipped two tenths to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie were each up a tenth from last week with adults 18-49, with both drawing a 0.6 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, April 30 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice 3.3/9 9.23
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.2/10 7.89
ABC Dancing With the Stars 2.5/7 15.01
FOX Bones 1.9/6 7.01
CW Gossip Girl 0.6/2 1.05
8:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.5/9 9.14
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 3.7/9 11.25
NBC The Voice 3.6/9 9.58
ABC Dancing With the Stars 2.8/7 16.67
FOX House 2.1/5 6.57
CW Hart of Dixie 0.6/1 1.31
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 3.2/8 10.23
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.5/6 10.76
ABC Castle 2.4/6 11.38
NBC Smash 1.8/5 5.40

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," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.8/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.1/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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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  • The End


    Kutcher is here to stay, for at least 1 more season. No chance in hell this show will be cancelled. Even with these numbers.

    It’s 100 percent coming back without a doubt.

  • Viktor

    @Kyle do you have HoD’s half hours?

  • NewEnglandMike

    I will be watching NCIS: LA for the first time ever tonight because of the crossover episode. So I guess CBS’s evil plan worked. By the way, I am a huge fan of the original HFO series (yes, I’m that old) and I really liked the Ed Asner tie in episode. Anyway, I am fine with all of the modern updates (like the character of Kono, for example) but I don’t get why Scott Caan has to play Danno as such a jerk. And I like him as an actor but it’s really getting tiresome.

  • Tim

    THM is lame now,

  • Ruth

    Smash had one of their best episodes of the season last night. It really was a very good show. Too bad people didn’t watch it.

  • LOL

    As always, GG viewers reduce in the second half. What do the CB fans have to say now?

  • sara

    Thank god, GG is getting renewed! Last night’s episode was mind blowing! Sick!

  • bluejays

    @NewEnglandMike – I rate Scott as an actor the least out the main four. I like him but he bugs me a bit whereas I love Alex, Daniel and Grace. It’s not just Danny as a character but Scotts acting, as I find him annoying in other things too.

  • Networkman

    Wow! CBS wins the night in demo race! Still How I Met Your Mother’s overall total viewers is too low, imo. If CBS is thinking about placing comedies on Friday, it should be HIMYM and Rules of Engagement.

    With the great results from Castle, will ABC be tempted to keep it in its timeslot following DWTS this Fall, or be brave enough to move it to make room for a new drama?

    Smash is done to GCB levels. NBC is renewing, while I feel ABC may get rid of GCB. I could understand if the show got lots of viewers but simply skewed old like The Good Wife but with it only able to garner 5.40 million viewers, I think next season will be its last. There is no way, NBC should place this after The Voice again.

  • Networkman

    @johnt,I agree with your comment about Two & A half Men. Next season should be its last and it should be all about Jake. I would love to see him with roommates. And then have the father and Grandmother visit. And maybe find out he got a girl pregnant, etc. They should end strong. I would love to see Jake thinking about his Uncle Charlie more and how much he meant in his life. Maybe that would be a way to keep Charlie Sheen back in the picture.

  • Networkman

    The only way I see Bones moving to Friday is if FOX is truly serious about 2 hour comedy on Tuesday night. That would force the network to move Glee to another night. IMO, a new drama should inherit the Thursday 9pm slot behind X-Factor. That means Glee may move to Monday night.

  • W

    Bravo to CBS for winning most of the time slots. All my favorite shows!

  • Mac

    @Overdamoon –

    Alex went into rehab for abusing painkillers DUE TO a shoulder injury. Stop hiding your head in the sand.

    As for the ep…the ratings were kind of what I expected for an AOL-free ep. I liked it, and felt it was a pretty damn decent-calibre showing regardless of O’Loughlin’s absence.

  • Chuck

    I like Smash alot but its clearly playing like an East Coast show. Midwest just aint going for it.

  • Mia

    I agree with Carla & others on House MD TPTB peeps trying the patience , kindness, loyalty & love of the fans until they pushed too hard. No one (besides immature perverts) wants to watch him back on Vicodin, & hookers. He’s too old for the frat-house/boy antics showing no growth as a character. He can be flawed but grow too. Don’t get me wrong, I find HL attractive but him prancing around w/ younger women makes hom look like a dirty old pervert. Its ridiculous!

  • Trevor

    I feel like people are tuning out of smash because the story line is so drawn out and frustrating. The nosy assistant made me tune out.

  • Grace

    You missed an AMAZING [H]OUSE.

  • pat

    If Smash has done nothing else, it certainly has shown Katharine McPhee’s versatility and range of talent.

  • NGT

    Ok, folks whats wrong with 5-0?. lack of respect for their extras from what I was told by a former extra,who was rudely treated by a production crew member?
    maybe that’s why they can’t get the ratings up. The locals here have a way of communicating with each other, we don’t do it commercially or by way of Hollywood language. If we did, we wouldn’t be saying anything. Treat the locals here with respect and you gain their respect, or continue down the road downhill, and keep going, we really wouldn’t miss you at all.

  • Patrick G.

    @ Chuck….I like Smash alot but its clearly playing like an East Coast show. Midwest just aint going for it.

    Uh, that’s because “SMASH” is SET on the East Coast. New York City, to be exact, since that’s where Broadway is. Millions of people visit NYC annually and go to Broadway shows, so the series is limited by it’s locale setting!!

    More to Trevor’s point, the sub-plots can be drawn-out and frustrating, and I agree wholeheartedly about the nosy assitant, Ellis. I absolutely hate his guts, acting like a pre-teen the way he does. There is no way in hell that the Angelica Huston character would hire him to be her assistant. The producers should have his character get hit and killed by a NYC bus pronto!

    As I’ve said before, the biggest problem “SMASH” has is it show-within-a-show premise. Once “Bombshell” finally gets to Broadway, what do they do then? And, if it does NOT get to Broadway, are they just going to drag out trying to get it there for however long the series runs?! That will make viewers flee week after week. I truly think the show’s concept needs a major shift towards these young actors trying out for different shows all the time in order to keep the stories, and more importantly, the SONGS, fresh. Time will tell….

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