TV Ratings Monday: '2 Broke Girls' and 'The Voice' Perfomance Finale Go Low; 'Castle' Beats 'Five-0;' 'Gossip Girl' Tumbles

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May 8th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/8 2.9/8 2.6/7 2.0/6 1.4/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.5/8 1.7/5 1.5/5 1.7/5 1.4/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.980 9.605 14.850 6.542 3.645 1.098


NBC won the night with the 18-49 crowd, but ABC notched victory with total viewers.

The 2 Broke Girls finale earned a 3.2 down four tenths from the 3.6 its last original earned and is a series low. Mike & Molly drew a 3.1, down a tenth from last week's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Two and a Half Men was flat with last week's a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating. Hawaii Five-0 fell to a new series low, earning only a 2.3 vs. last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating

The Voice performance finale earned a 3.7, compared with last week's 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. It was also down considerably from last summer's performance finale, which earned a 4.4 18-49 rating.  Smash rose a tenth from last week's series low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating to earn a 1.9.

Dancing with the Stars was down two tenths from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating and is a new series low for performance shows.  Castle's finale was up two-tenths from last week's 2.3 to earn a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX,  Bones was down a tenth to a 1.9 vs. last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating and House was flat with last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Gossip Girl tumbled two-tenths, only earning a 0.4 18-49 rating, and Hart of Dixie was flat with last week's 0.6 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, May 7 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10 PM) 3.7 10 10.511
CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.2 10 8.859
ABC Dancing With the Stars (8-10p) 2.6 7 15.993
FOX Bones 1.9 6 6.913
CW Gossip Girl 0.4 1 0.869
9:00PM CBS Two And A Half Men 3.7 10 11.256
FOX House 2.1 5 6.913
CW Hart of Dixie 0.6 1 1.327
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 3.1 8 10.177
10:00PM ABC Castle 2.5 7 12.562
CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.3 6 9.240
NBC Smash 1.9 5 5.918

via NBC press notes:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.6/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 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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  • Freyja


    Castle/H50 fans: Seriously, is it not possible to actually like BOTH shows? I do.

    Don’t you know it’s one or the other, you are not allowed to like both LOL

    But it happens everywhere including the gaming community, you can’t like WOW and SWTOR it has to be one or the other. Star Wars not my thing I’ll stick to WOW hahaha

  • CC

    I’m just glad that The Good Wife was renewed. Intelligent writing and good acting. I hope they don’t cancel both CSI spinoffs, but you never know. They’ve both been on for a long time and cost a lot.

    I do find the Castle vs. H50 posts amusing. I don’t watch either show but be assured CBS will keep H50 no matter how low the ratings go, since they have sydication and franchise deals in place. Once again, it’s all about the money.

  • kara

    Yes let’s renew HOD that gets a 1.3 in its FIRST season. That makes so much sense? In its following season its bound to drop

  • Fake Me Out


    Yet many of you attack and lash out and mock other users who like shows just because you don’t like them? Talk about childish thats troll behavior right there period.Hypocrisy behavior as well.

    Other than Smash, which shows have I attacked, lashed out at or mocked the fans because I don’t like the show?

    I point out shows that have ratings issues, that’s not an attack, that’s discussing facts. I will “attack” shows I like that aren’t doing as well, storyline wise, as I want them to or are suffering from other issues. I will, from time to time, make fun of the extreme fan who appears to have little if any grasp on reality.

    But for the most part I have said it’s live and let live … if I don’t watch a show then I could care less how well or poorly it does … again, other than Smash, Smash is evil incarnate and must be destroyed.


  • KJ Styles

    I’m shocked that 2BG’s finale was it’s series low. That said, they shouldn’t have made it an hour long show. Going against The Voice and DWTS hurt it. Still, it’s good enough to anchor an hour, especially Thursdays at 9 which would give CBS victories on most (if not all) Thursdays.

    They should also move H50 to Tuesdays at 10 after the NCIS twins next year. It would make sense considering all the times they’ve done crossover episodes, and the ratings would be higher too since it appeals to most NCIS fans (myself included).

  • bran

    hell yeah HoD! thats nuts!

  • Jess

    @kara you realize that HOD was 3rd in total viewers last week behind TVD and SPN?

  • Rob R

    What was CBS thinking to make HIMYM and 2BG to have one hour finales when they could have broken them into half hours and aired them in the normal fashion, protecting both shows? When you have a very time period dependent “hit” like 2BG, you don’t abandon it and make it lead off the hour.

  • The End

    @Karen 05

    What did they do wrong? Besides sounding like trolls. I wouldn’t worry about them either way, haters don’t cancel shows.

    You have to remember that a large percent of people here play the my show is better than yours game, best thing to do is either comment about the numbers, or discuss stuff with people and not fall into that trap too.

  • Rob R

    I am speechless looking at the “Gossip Girl” live/same day ratings. The most expensive hour per viewer in the history of television? Who is bankrolling this program?

  • MoHasanie

    @KJ Styles

    Well, 2BG performed the same as it always does at 8.30. I think it probably just pulled a 2.9 because not every viewer knew it was on at 8. I remember in the fall, it performed exactly the same at 8.30 as it did at 8pm, so it doesn’t need a lead in.

  • Bridget Kelly

    gossip girl is an embarrassment… i think the writers should have been smart and closed of the series this season.. if mark renews gossip girl then he is dummer than dawn

  • Sam

    Castle was very good yesterday. All the cast was wonderful, but the scenes with Nathan and Stana were the best ever.
    Happy for the numbers and to see a 2.5 demo with just a 2.6 demo lead in. Too bad dwts was not stronger, because Castle numbers would had been even higher.
    Next season is going to be epic because fans have been wanting Castle and Beckett together for months.
    Good job Castle !!!!

  • tvfreak

    @Freyja: Funny. ;)

    @KJ Styles: Yes, H50 after the NCIS’s would do very well.

  • Person of Interest

    castle fan this is the first time castle beats hawaii five 0 this year so shut it and it increased because its the season finale you cant say nothing to that go hawaii five 0 although i watch castle but hawaii five 0 is much better and im a huge fan of five 0

  • Maya

    It will be hilarious if The Bachelorette beats Hawaii Five-0 next week :)

  • Samuel

    I really hope NBC decides against doing 2 seasons a year for The Voice. That will just kill the franchise and it’s ratings.

  • Fischer

    The voting system for THE VOICE one reason I hate it… Gives judges wayyy to much power, and they could
    play favorites.. The iTunes possion of songs give away whose leading the vote… Also CeeLo was giving dealty threats last night on twitter.

  • gregg

    wow DWTS and Castle werte the highest rated shows last night…sweet. love them both

  • gregg

    Yes Samuel it will. Also they need to change days. Dancing , who many said wouls bomb against the voice, is still strong.

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