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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  • SteveO

    OMG GG. Wow that is bad. Viewers and ratings.

  • Dan

    Too bad about Gossip Girl because the last few episodes have been the best all season. It’s been a while since I couldn’t wait to see a new GG week and week! It will still get renewed regardless, but anyone who thinks it will get more than 13 episodes is delusional.

  • Ron

    How is the Voice a series low?

  • Naira

    Awesome episode, totally deserved to win the hour.

  • CrimTV

    Oh my! Just looking at Smash’s 1.9 happy that it stayed stable, then I see GG’s rating 0.4! and 0.90 million :O

  • Adrian

    OMG GG falls to 0.4!!!!!

    Certain renewal no more!

    HOD chances just dramatically improved

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    A 0.6 is still pathetic, HoD is a snoozefest, full of sterotypes. Pathetic show.

  • psychic

    Castle was fantastic.

  • John A

    Its not fair if GG is renewed. Nikita or Ringer deserve it more now.

  • Emily

    OMG! What in the world happened to GG? The season JUST started getting okay again, too, lol…

  • SteveO

    Now the CW will be like, “can we just give GG like 7 more episodes?”

    Hopefully it’s adjusted up to a .5

  • Gabe

    I’m so sad for 2BG.
    The funale was so much fun and they didn’t go overboard with the sex-jokes, which irk me a lot during regular episodes.
    It’s such a fresh an funny show, it deserves better.
    But the season average is still gonna make it the 3rd most watched sitcom on CBS and 4th overall on all networks just bhind 2&1/2M, TBBT and MF.

  • Anon

    Really surprised to see H50 fall, considering the plot. Must have been the Braves-Cubs game. ;-)

  • KarenM

    Damn H50! :(

  • Bobby

    I’m interested to see how 2 Broke Girls did per episode. I didn’t even know it was an hour until seeing it on this site yesterday morning so maybe that could have played a part.

    The only other show from last night I watch is Smash, and since it’s renewed I’m not bothered by the ratings. Hopefully some people watch it over the summer and get invested.

    Also, oh wow at Gossip Girl…

  • Mon

    My guess 2BG did about the same as last week at 8:30. The 8pm episode maybe brought the average down. The whole hour still did great!

  • Kate

    whoa GG! those are almost LA Complex numbers. HOD will get 13 eps, that’s it

  • Dennis

    Bones is losing viewers, which isn’t weird in it’s and season. Though when I watched it a few weeks ago I didn’t find it as amusing is it once was…

  • Ingmar

    I feel bad for Bones! It deserves so much better. It never should have moved to mondays.

    AUCH for GG

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Castle was excellent, but I have one question: When Castle and Beckett made it, did he lick the bullet wound scar? :-)

    Five-O was excellent, too – finally got to see a smackdown between McGarrett and Wo Fat – not to mention Grace in her undies and the obligatory shower scene… :-)

    Gossip Girl at .4 – and the idiots at CW really want to RENEW that?

    Finally, I saw The Avengers last night. I concur – Joss Whedon is a GOD! (And a high five to Zak Penn from “Alphas” who co-wrote.) That was the best comic book movie of all time! And the next villain will be Thanos – my MAIN MAN! Life is good! :-)

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