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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

Scoreboard CBS NBC ABC FOX UNI CW
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

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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

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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.

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NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.
Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • rob60990

    Smash is pathetic. The Voice keeps dropping.

    Classical week on DWTS was so boring. Not bad for Castle. More zombies. :D

    Hart of Dixie not giving up without a fight.

  • AO

    A 0.6 could be the highest rating for a non-TVD show this week. On the CW of course.

  • Taylor

    I’m glad that Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie were both up this week. As for Smash, I wonder if NBC is regretting their decision to renew it so quickly. I wonder if they will cancel it even though they’ve already renewed it like they renewed Southland for a second season and then canceled it before season two even started airing.

  • Victor Hugo

    Smash ouch.. next season will crash and burn..

    Great monday for CBS \o/

  • Sarah

    Yay Castle! :) Bones :(

  • martie

    Great numbers for Castle – People love zombies!

  • Obsessed With Heart of Dixie

    With that 0.6 Heart of Dixie has earned a 4 season renewal in my opinion.

  • AO

    I wonder if there’s any second guessing at Fox with these lows for Bones?

  • alexjones

    they say smash is the biggest success of the season for NBC, it’s ratings would be below grimm’s if it weren’t for the voice lead in.

  • Jon9229292911

    The Voice is doing bad now, down from 6.0 it had about a month ago. It is not even winning its slot easily, CBS had 3.4 between 8-10pm almost the same as The Voice.

  • Justin121

    Poor… everyone. NBC, FOX and ABC (except for Castle).

    Good for CBS and its child the CW.

  • danny94

    Bad for bones… fox is having a terrible year with its drama’s… bones,touch,alcatraz and the finder all going beneath a 2.0… house and glee have been weaker then ever this year and terra nova turned into a dud…. and to top it all off they renew a show that brings in sub 1.0 numbers…

  • MarcJames87

    GG – W18-34 – 1.3

    HOD – W18-34 – 1.1

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    @Obsessed… It’s Hart not Heart hahaha. HoD- Cancelled!!!

  • sara

    Thank god, GG!

  • Emily

    Does anyone have the half hours for GG and HOD, pretty please? :)

  • sara

    Halfhours for HoD and GG?

  • Brandy

    Yay Gg &HoD! So glad theyre up.Think GG will adjust down in total viewers cause of overrun.

  • AO

    I believe that The Voice fell as it reached the end last year too. If that is accurate, my guess is that viewers prefer the selection rounds to the battle rounds.

  • Rebecca

    Saw Castle begin at 9:01 pm last night (Mtn time), so maybe it’ll adjust down slightly in the finals. Why can’t DWTS just end on time? Excellent Castle episode…really looking forward to the season finale next week. I shrieked a little during the preview clip, so loudly that Hubby came in to see if I was okay! lol

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