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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  • MoHasanie


    Wow Ultima, you have an answer for everything! Impressive.

    @KJ Styles

    No, what I meant was that it got a 2.9 for the first half hour. It jumped to 3.4 at 8.30 which is why it got a 3.2.
    Also, I liked that it was an hour, because every episode is almost the same thing, so this episode was a little different and for the first time, I actually found Sophie funny.
    Maybe the CBS asked them to make the episode an hour long, because HIMYM had to be 1 hour next week.

    I like your schedule, because its about time, the other networks challenge Grey’s dominance at 9pm. The Office is too low, POI hasn’t really affected Grey’s, and Fox shows are doing poorly. But what’s going to hold together Monday night next year? If CBS does something similar to your schedule, then its going to be risky launching 3 new comedy’s next year. The Thursday one’s could probably do well because they will have excellent lead in’s, but what happens if next year the 8.30 Monday comedy fails? HIMYM could fall back to the levels it was at last year, and TAAHM could be affected from a lower lead in.

  • Tessa (Original)


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

    If I wanted your opinion I’d beat it outa ya!


    Hmmm, I guess a name change isn’t going to be 100% effective after all …

  • Tessa (Original)

    DOH! That last comment should have been @Holly not @Tessa, errrr, I mean myself.

  • josh

    Rob R

    What was CBS thinking to make HIMYM and 2BG to have one hour finales

    LOL HIMYM HAD 4.7 at one hour premiere

  • KJ Styles

    @MoHasanie- I enjoyed the episode last night too, I was just disappointed that it didn’t draw higher ratings. Not that it matters because it’s got renewed anyway, but I still like to see my shows shine every week. 2BG is my 3rd favorite comedy on the air right now behind Big Bang Theory and Modern Family. And yes, Sophie was hilarious even though she got a lot of assistance from Max.

    Glad you like my schedule, and I hope CBS goes with that. As I said before, I wouldn’t be opposed to them putting 2BG at 8 on Mondays, but if they do that then they’d have to move HIMYM to Thursdays at 9. I say that because they’re not gonna move BBT to that timeslot because it’s the only scripted show on the air that can beat Idol in the ratings.

    Next season could be the final one for either HIMYM or 2.5 Men, and if either is announced as such the ratings for them will rise because fans will want to see what unfolds for them every week. I know I will do so for HIMYM because I wanna see who Ted marries and makes the mother of his kids. Also, if the new comedy that CBS puts on Mondays is even close to the hit that 2BG has been, then Mondays will be fine for CBS.

  • Linda

    @HotLatino4GayMarriage: You wrote that HF-0 uses “ratings stunts”. FYI, having your characters finally have sex, is the biggest ratings gimmick of them all. (I only know that from reading this site – I tried watching a few episodes of Castle last summer, but gave up after ten minutes.) So shut up!!

    Of course Castle fans are going to gloat the first time their show beats
    HF-0 this season.

    Hawaii Five-0 was amazing last night. It was so good to have McGarrett back, looking and acting like his Super Seal character. Alex was wonderful.
    The second to last scene with the hugs and smiles, were much more than just a welcome home for McGarrett. They were welcoming Alex back too. Probably their best episode yet. Too bad they couldn’t all be like that.

  • Linda

    @Fake Me Out: I guess you can’t forgive and forget. McGarrett has mellowed
    out a lot. He reins in his impulses now, more than Danny. LOL

  • Justin121

    Gossip Girl 0.4 rating and 800 thousand (!) viewers is the story of the day.

    400 out of 420 comments are about that.

    There has never been a higher dominance of one show over the comments.

  • Nancy

    I can not believe which shows get more viewers than [H]OUSE. It makes me very sad because [H]OUSE is such a superior program.

  • JM

    SMASH is going downhill fast

    Guys kissing guys passionately doesn’t help

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