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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  • Terry

    Castle’s zombie episode must have attracted fans of the Walking Dead. Very happy for one of my favorite shows but I know its going to be adjusted down due to DWTS over-run.

    2.5 is good but not great for a heavily-hyped crossover episode for H5O.

    I am surprised how low the Voice has fallen since its premiere. Too bad it dragged down Smash, which had another great episode, IMO.

  • Guy

    Woo. Those numbers for Castle are excellent and the season final next week is one of those OMG episodes. Bring it on. Poor Bones. The show doesn’t deserve ratings like that. Its just not right.

  • Fennerbender

    Nice rise for Castle and even better with DWTS going to a series low. Funny episode, but it better be with a zombie-killer theme. Nathan likes his World War Z. (interesting book by the way)

  • Maya

    I am happy with those Castle numbers. They are good enough for ABC.
    And as a Nathan Fillion fan I cannot be happier, for him , a 0.1 demo up or down doesn’t meant much to him personally , but his popularity is higher than ever, People’s Choice Award winner, he is in talk shows and Entert. Media all the time, and now he is filming the new Percy movie in the Castle hiatus. His career is in a very good place. Good for him.
    No much more a TV actor can ask for.

  • brandy

    Yikes. Looking at the The Voice at the beginning of the season and now is really startling.

  • John A

    HOD might be renewed. TSC and Ringer are bigger flops. At least HOD increases some weeks while TSC just loses viewers.

  • Sarah


    I would be second-guessing the move; not the early renewal.

  • Ron

    The only appeal of The Voice is the audition rounds. Once those end, taking the small sample for this year and last,the show and ratings go downhill bigtime. For the past 2 seasons, the talent isn’t that great or buzzed about to keep viewers around until the end.

  • Ingmar

    Sad for Bones. FOX shouldn’t have moved it to this night. The quality is still there. S8 might be the last season I fear.

  • Justin121

    Castle: 2.3
    Practice: 2.2
    Revenge: 2.3
    Scandal: 2.0
    GCB: 1.9

    Those are my predictions for this week’s ABC’s 10 pm results.

    DWTS: 2.8
    DWTSR: 2.6
    ModFam/Apt.23: 4.2/2.3
    Grey’s: 3.4
    DH: 2.6

    for 9 pm. 8 pm would be similar to 10 pm except for Once Upon A Time.

  • fra

    Smash is falling down down down…. NBC MUST RENEW Parenthood! At the end of the games is the highest rated drama of the network
    Hart of dixie is still low… a 0.6 for a first season is a bad result. CW must decide carefully what to renew

  • S.

    Poor Smash. Not that I watch, but the mad recap at Broadway Abridged is one of the funniest things around, and for that alone am rooting that the show keeps on making modest 2s and sticks around.

  • Coacoav

    Castle will fall because of DWTS overrun my guess is 2.3 and H50 will stay the same with a few more viewers in the finals. Still better numbers then
    some of the other 10pm shows last week.

  • danny94

    good numbers for castle it will probably be abc’s top rated 10pm show this week unless revenge has a healthy increase(which i hope it does)

  • cc

    Guess all those “old” people tuned in to TAAHM to see Kathy Bates?

    Maybe NBC should cancel Smash, and use HL as a lead-in to the Voice? Harry has nearly as many viewers as the Voice.

    *before anyone gets bent out shape, that was tinged with sarcasm.

  • Epicfail037

    Well at least HIMYM went up a little. Let’s hope we get some solid numbers for the 1-hour finale later this month!

  • MoHasanie

    The Voice is falling each week. And Smash is doing horribly after such a big lead in.

    CBS comedies did quite well last night.

    ABC had an alright night, and Castle was up, despite a lower lead in. I think its time ABC moved Castle to a spot where its not performing well.

    Fox was way down. House is doing really bad, and this is only 3 episodes away from the finale. However, I suppose I’m being quite harsh, cause Monday is the most competitive night for tv, and the lead in stinks.

  • AO

    @ Sarah,

    Yeah, but the move *may* have damaged the show. I don’t know that that’s the case, it may be fine if moved back to Thursdays, or even a different day, but I would guess that at least some viewers won’t return once they’ve skipped the show for awhile. It could be fine, but if I was Fox, and was looking over my dramas, I would be at least somewhat concerned.

  • KarenM

    I didn’t watch H50 last night because of the crossover. I don’t care about NCIS LA.

    DWTS was good and bad. :(

  • Dennis

    Yep, HoD is getting renewed….
    Nikita has had like 5 or 6 0.4’s … its getting canned

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