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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  • Coolio Jackson

    With SMASH on a free-fall, imagine how the long summer hiatus will impact it? The show is horrendous..poorly written, terribly acted and never have I see a show with so many unlikeable characters.

  • Sarah


    Oh, I would definitely be a little concerned, but, honestly, it’s their own fault because I definitely think the move “damaged” it somewhat. It should have never been moved, IMO. It was pretty solid where it was and I hope they do move it back. I just really hope they don’t do the unthinkable and move it to Fridays.

  • SueK


    Actually, Bones would do quite well on Friday. Fox would have a Bones/Fringe double header (for 1/2 season) that night and hey, there has to be something on Friday. This assumes that The Finder bites the dust. However (like but) that would leave a gaping hole on Monday. House is gone so FOX will have two hours to fill there. Little to no chance FOX would schedule two freshman dramas back to back on any night. If Alcatraz comes back (a big IF) a Bones/Alcatraz Monday double header might work. IMHO a more likely line up would be Alcatraz/Fringe on Friday and Bones as a lead in to a new series on Monday.

  • Hades

    FOX need a whole new Monday line up. My guess is it will have and Bones moves to Friday.

    9-Kitchen Nightmare/Fringe

  • JJJ

    @Justin i’m starting to come to the same point–I think HOD is NOW safer than TSC AND Nikita and Ringer. If the CW doesn’t pick too many pilots HOD might be the one to survive. BUT I also think as the rumors say that the CW could pick up enough pilots to put even HOD in danger.

  • MattM


    May 14th and 15th

  • rob60990


    NBC & FOX- May 14
    ABC- May 15
    CBS- May 16
    CW- May 17

  • Bluetahoe

    Mike and Molly had me laughing last night. This show is consitently funny every week.

    Two and a Half Men was funny for the first time all season. Two reasons. One Ashton Kutcher was hardly in this weeks episode. That is a bonus.

    Kathy Bates was hilarious playing the ghost of Charlie Sheen. Here is an idea. Fire Ashton Kutcher and hire Kathy Bates to play the ghost of Charlie Sheen. The show will be funny again.

    Kathy Bates can be great in two shows, Harry’s Law and Two and a Half Men.

  • yuli03zh

    Good for Castle… great show

  • SteveO

    @47th, I honestly have no clue. I was surprised to see that ABC was only giving a 13 ep order because it’s not doing bad for a 10pm show… at all. Esp for a show in its fifth season.

  • Alan

    GG’s demo is still steady. Final season here we come! Goodbye HoD, Ringer and Nikita :)

  • tommy

    GG and hart of dixie adjusted down in finals

  • JeffT


  • OMG

    I know Castle fans will be dead against this. What about moving Castle to 8pm on Thursday?

    From what I see, 3 seasons of loyal following, should count for something. They might want to use DWTS to launch a new show while they can.

  • AO

    @ Sarah said, “Oh, I would definitely be a little concerned, but, honestly, it’s their own fault because I definitely think the move “damaged” it somewhat. It should have never been moved, IMO.”

    Yeah, at most they could have tried it out for one Episode there. I doubt that they’ll care very much about the reasons that it’s down, the bottom line for them is that it is down and possibly damaged. But it definitely has an opportunity to bounce back next year. We’ll see.

    “It was pretty solid where it was and I hope they do move it back. I just really hope they don’t do the unthinkable and move it to Fridays.”

    Considering that Fringe is already there, the Kitchen shows do so well there, and they are likely to be short on returning dramas, then I would be fairly surprised if they moved Bones to Fridays. I could be wrong, but that’s my guess.

  • sara

    Halfhours anyone?

  • bluejays

    Nice to see NBC not on top for once with their nefarious offering of The Voice.

    Good for Castle, seems like forever since it got those sorts of ratings.

    Didn’t expect HFO to get much boost from NCIS LA crossover, NCIS LA itself has hit lows the last few weeks not much higher (and some weeks lower in fact) than HFO’s numbers.

    Smash will likely fall further the next couple of weeks as Castle and HFo have their finales. It’s really not doing that good.

  • 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.

    What does everyone else think?

  • mdmb

    Is it just me or 2BG are not funny ?

    HIMYM was OK at last we are about to meet the barney’s husband ups wife

    Jon Cryer is still hillarys hilarious

    M&M suck !

  • Nick

    Zombies win again (Castle). Maybe NBC should have a zombie theme in all of their scripted shows.

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