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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  • Matthew Chapman

    Surely The Voice bit should read that it rose 2 tenths so it can’t be a series low.

  • mantin

    Considering its terrible lead-in, I also think Hart of Dixie should be renewed now, it has been on its own basically for the whole season and did relatively well.

  • W

    CBS did well! Awesome and explosive shows last night!

  • CrimTV

    @John A

    There is nothing denying that GG’s ratings suck, but it has been on for 5 years and it has ‘aged’, maybe it’s aged too much but it still has an excuse, it will get a final season because it’s a ‘CW trademark show’, however as much as I like Ringer, it’s in it’s first year, scoring 0.4’s (once a 0.3 preliminary), it doesn’t have room to grow because it’s a serial drama and it’s story i don’t think could last more than 1-2 seasons and Nikita is 2 years away from syndication and getting 0.4’s.

  • Mark

    For GG, I blame the writers 100%.

    They’re terrible and are the reason why for the low ratings.

  • Steven Leitner


  • rob60990

    2 Broke Girls 2.9/3.4

  • Petar

    NOT FAIR! Monday at 10 is so competitive! H5O is much bigger than this. And smash is still with this ratings only cause the voice. Next season will crash.H5O is third best drama after NCIS and POI for me. Period.

  • Alex

    The Castle finale was SO good. Glad to see it won the hour in the demo. Gossip Girl was actually good last night too…hope they get a short final season.

  • Rachael

    YAY CASTLE!!!! The finale melted my brain, it deserved a ratings bump.

  • Nazel

    @John A : No they don’t, this is Gossip Girl’s first 0.4 (& it will probably be adjusted up) & Gossip Girl is in its 5th season, I think it earned its renewal for a final season, it’d be the end of the CW if they start mistreating their veteran shows ..

  • KarenM

    Now that Castle and Beckett “did it” the show will plunge. That always ruins it. Guarantee!

  • Kim

    Isn’t this the only time this season Castle has beaten H50? On it’s season finale…Just wondering.

    Not to say that a 2.3 is good, because it isn’t. I was hoping for better because the episode was amazing last night. Oh well.

  • Mae

    How could the CW justify renewing GG with these ratings?

    0.4 and under 900K viewers. There is no way to spin those numbers. They are just plain terrible.

    How much further can GG really fall? IF it is renewed, will we expect to see 0.3’s on a regular basis?

    Put it out of its misery CW!

  • IsraelCD

    GOSSIP GIRL 0.4 (3 Episodes)
    NIKITA 0.4 (3 Episodes)
    RINGER 0.4 (2 Episodes)
    HART OF DIXIE 0.4 (2 Episodes)
    L.A. COMPLEX 0.3 (3 Episodes)


  • James Sample

    So glad Hart of Dixie and Smash kept their ratings! Bad for Gossip Girl. I want it to be axed but I know how The CW feel about their veteran shows and I agree and completely understand they should give it a final short season. I believe they should do this with Nikita, too.

  • HB

    I know GG will be renewed an all but IT DOESN’T DESERVE TO BE!
    Gosh NIKITA on a FRIDAY did better then GG!

    CW(IF they are sensible) should just do a 2hrs Tv movie to send off this show.

  • bluejays

    Ouch at HFO but I said last week I predicted that Castle would beat it this week – I don’t begrudge Castle on weeks victory for its finale!

    (I think I should get a job predicting these things cause I always seem to be right).

    HFo will pick up next week for its finale and I’m just glad to see Smash down in third place as per usual.

  • Ben Thompson

    Damn why did 2BG have to hit a new low. H5O seemed low as well.

    Pathetic for GG.

  • Joel


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