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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  • Justin121

    I’ve been saying all season that Hart of Dixie was a likely renewal it was not even on the bubble yet no one wouldlisten to me. It’s a freshman drama that often outrated its lead in and has potential to grow.

    Hart (LR) > Nikita (BBL) > Secret Circle (BBL) > Ringer (LC).

    All else renewed. GG probably a final season.

  • Sarah


    I agree. It should have never been moved. It was pretty solid where it was. My biggest fear is not so much next season being its last, but that it will be moved to Fridays. :(

  • KarenM

    Is CBS going to ruin PoI by doing a crossover now? Come on, CBS! Don’t force me to watch NCIS LA when I don’t want to!

  • SueK

    Ouch for Bones. Hope it will tick up .1 in the final #’s. (.2 is too much to hope for). I agree with Sarah, its the time/day move, not the show, that’s responsible for the ratings.

  • Riff Rafferty

    Can we get Kathy Bates 2 Emmy nominations this year? Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy? Because she not only succeeded in getting me to watch “Three Half Men” again after I swore I wouldn’t but she also made me laugh for the first time while watching it this season.

  • Mike

    Well, if The Voice goes up on The Finals, NBC could still win the night
    Seems bringing the Ghost of Charlle helped 2.5 man.
    But the LA/Hawaii crossover did nothing for Hawaii , just 300.000 more viewers than last time.

  • carole

    DWTS is going down. I’m getting tired of the judges playing favorites.
    So many people have stopped watching.

  • Terry


    I think Castle should be moved to Tuesdays @9pm to anchor the night. Castle has proven its stability even without DWTS lead-in, and I think its fans will follow it to Tuesdays, which might even allow Castle to draw in new viewers that couldn’t watch it on MOndays.

  • RyanCanada

    Castle, 2BG, M&M, Smash and HOD were great last night along with The Voice thank god for a PVR lol

  • Gina

    Its the first time Bones has been under a 2. ( could be adjusted up) and people are acting like its dead. Lol. Geesh. Lol. The quality is still there. Excellent episode last night. Monday’s are brutal. Nothing you can do. Does it deserve these ratings, nope but it is what it is. Fox is trying to get new dramas rolling.

  • Moica

    Glad to see CBS back on top, however, the ratings weren’t that great acroos the board.

    I was hoping H50 would at least stay the same as the last new episode, especially withthe crossover, but without Alex on the hsow right now, it’s just blah. Hoping the ratings go back up for the finale when Alex returns!!!!!!! :)

  • KarenM

    @carole, they favor Maria!

  • Bunny

    CBS will be back up in the fall

  • christian

    This could give castle a whole new life. A x files twist to their plots . What fun

  • rob60990

    FOX needs a drama hit very badly on Mondays.

  • RyanCanada

    i just started watching Bones for the first time on Netflix and i really loved it… kinda reminds me of castle, well a little bit.

  • Jenny

    The Voice needs to let voters decide who stays and who goes in later rounds. I noticed after the episode with the special judges choice elimination, the ratings took a hit.

    Same thing with American Idol and Dancing with the Stars

  • John

    I hope The Voice, Bones and Smash are adjusted up.

  • Amy

    Woah! at Bones. It’s really dropped since being moved to Monday nights.

  • MattM

    That House number kind of pisses me off. After a compelling cliffhanger last week and an EXCELLENT episode last night. At this rate, I’d be shocked if the finale does a 2.5. Keep watching your reality garbage America.

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