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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  • KJ Styles

    @MoHasanie- 2BG average’s in the high 3’s to low 4’s so you’re incorrect. And they got a 3.2 last night, not a 2.9. Granted, some casual viewers might not have known that it was on at 8 last night which probably explains the season low number more than anything else. Still, they shouldn’t have made the season finale for one hour. The last time it was on for an hour, it was 2 separate episodes and the second one was a repeat.

    I wouldn’t be opposed to it being on Mondays at 8 next year, but it’s probably do stronger numbers on Thursdays at 9 where it’s only competition would be the aging and overrated Grey’s Anatomy.

    This would be an ideal Thursday lineup for CBS…

    8- Big Bang Theory
    8:30- Over & Out
    9- 2 Broke Girls
    9:30- Super Fun Night/Rules Of Engagement (both running for 13 episodes)
    10- Person Of Interest

  • A.

    I honestly don’t get the logic behind people being happy that shows like HOD and Ringer still has a chance.

    Gossip Girl is in its 5th season and it once had over 2 and 3 million viewers; it is obviously going to go down and pass its prime just like all shows do’ meanwhile FRESHMEN shows don’t even go beyond 1.50 million viewers. THATS the embarrassment.

  • KJ Styles

    It seems that ever since Hugh Laurie decided to make this the final season of House, it’s ratings have declined. I’m sure the finale will draw at least a 3.0 or better though. Hopefully Cuddy will make an appearance. I just hope Wilson doesn’t die of cancer. I think it was stupid for them to make an Oncologist have cancer. Makes no sense.

  • WB

    Even though it should be cancelled, The CW’s favorite, GOSSIP GIRL will return for a final 6th season to finish up a satisfying storyline!

    xoxo WB! ( :

    HART OF DIXIE is doing petty good and hanging in there! I expect a second season! : )

  • hubertwentland5

    chrisss: yeah. because of that I think cbs should give the post sb timeslot to TBBT, leading to a new comedy or sth. it would have a nice boost in a ratings I guess ;) about 40 million.

  • GDfriends

    I don’t understand why people are taking issue with CBS giving 2BG’s and HIMYM one hour finale’s? Yes 2BG’s did slightly worse than it normally does at 8:30pm but they were going up against the Voice Finale’ which was up at the 8pm hour…further it proves that Girl is not so dependent on HIMYM to get low 3 demos….that in itself is worth it as CBS is planning a move next fall for this block….

  • Beth


    Who cares? The CW needs to choose shows with the best ratings and ratings potential, and GG’s best years are long long over. TSC and HOD will still get better ratings than GG next season, so if the CW was going off of just that they should cancel GG. They have enough episodes for syndication, after all.

    But they will bring GG back for a final season like OTH for the fans and hope for buzz.

  • Jenny

    What will The Voice finale rating be?

    I say 5.2 due to Justin Beiber fever.

  • WB

    @ A

    um the whole entire CW network has dropped in ratings what do you expect for the freshman shows? Then, The CW is not promoting its shows nor network.

  • Jenny

    over 400 comments !

  • Jenny

    The CW should sell Hart Of Dixie to NBC. And NBC should put it in the time slot following The Voice, Hart Of Dixie ratings would soar and NBC would have a hit show for years to come !

  • Tessa

    GG is becoming so lame. No wonder its numbers are falling. Here:

    Just for the record, I didn’t post this. Someone else is using the same name as I do so from now on I’m going to post as Tessa(Original) until the matter is resolved.

  • Holly


    Or you could get a gravatar to distinguish you from any other Tessas.

    If you’d like to personalize your comments left on TVbytheNumbers with your picture or other avatar, please visit http://www.gravatar.com. Just use the same e-mail address here that you used when registering your gravatar.com account and the picture you selected will show up next to your comments.

  • WB

    lol I wish FOX would decide to drop GLEE and The CW would pick it up!

  • A.


    You are right. I think the fact that GG is good for syndication is more reason for the CW to renew it. More episodes to sell for syndication = more money.
    By the time it ends, it will have 120+ episodes, which is good.

    Plus it still holds its steady iTunes sales (last nights episode is currently #1).

    And the writers also tweeted that Season 6 IS ON! CW just needs to officially announce it.

  • panda22

    LOL! @ GG….pathetic!, the sad thing is this turkey will get a final 6th season of 13 eps., crazy!

  • Tessa (Original)

    The problem with what CBS did with 2BG last night was that they started it earlier than its usual hour. I have a hard time keeping up when the show is new and when it is a rerun. I didn’t even know it started half an hour sooner until I tuned in at the usual time and saw half of it was gone. So I turned it off. Imagine if I were a Nielsen viewer. They would’ve lost one rating contributor right there. People may be able to deal the irregular scheduling of new episodes, but taking it out of its designated starting time is bound to hurt ratings.

  • Tessa (Original)

    I’ve told myslef to do that multiple times but I put it off every time. I guess I’m lazy. :)

  • WB

    Poor CW, I just hope things gets better.

  • Ultima

    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.

    When 2 Broke Girls aired at 8 in the fall, it hit a series low, dropping to 4.2 from 4.6 the previous week. Part of it may be viewers not knowing about the time change, but I think it is mostly just due to the 8:30 half hour having a higher HUT than the 8:00 half hour.

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