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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  • Dan

    I am dying at all the people saying GG will not be renewed because of a 0.4! Remember when TSC hit its first 0.5 and people were like “Just because it hit it once doesn’t mean it will be canceled!” Why is that not the case here?!?

  • George

    GG is shame.

    Hope HoD get renewed. Last nights episode was so good. Rachel <3

  • MoHasanie

    The excuse that people didn’t know 2BG was 1 hour could make sense, since the second half hour performed similarly to last week. I still don’t see why it can’t anchor the hour if it had to.

  • me

    my favorite shows last night were Bones, Two and a half men, Mike & Molly, and Hawaii Five -0. All of them were great! and it was nice to see McGarrett back on Hawaii Five-0 too. The cast did a good job without him recently. but it’s even better now that McGarrett has returned!

  • Grey

    “Castle’s” ratings will fall for sure. I was watching the clock. “DWTS” over-ran into the 10PM hour by at least a minute and a half. I predict “Castle” will get adjusted down 1-2 tenths. Awesome finale though. Come on ABC annouce it’s renewal already.

  • Blake

    Just please renew Whitney NBC you won’t regret it!

  • George


    Hart of Dixie newer get 0.4
    Your info are wrong.

  • Chris

    For a season finale of a well-established show, 2.5 is mediocre. Castle’s been losing to H50 all season long–winning with a finale against a non-finale doesn’t change the fact that H50 took timeslot dominance from Castle.

  • Rachel

    WTF GG. What it a new episode? The doesn’t even deserve a final season with those ratings.

  • carole

    H5O was excellent last night. Where did their fans go? Next week will be even better, from the previews.

  • Ultima

    @Steven Leitner

    First year following ratings?

    It’s spring; this happens every year.

  • Sam

    Good way to have a misleading headline…making it seem like “The Voice” fell from last week when it actually rose. This website really must not like it whenever NBC wins a night…for whatever reason.

  • Rachel


  • John A

    Ok Nikita deserves the renewel not Ringer. I dont care what GG fan boys say 0.4 is awful. OTH and SPN are on alot longer and never did that terribly.

  • MoHasanie

    I’m pretty sure there is a typo with either House or Bones’ ratings. They couldn’t have gotten the same total viewer numbers..

  • Ryan Schwartz

    @Chris, 2.5 Men’s finale as well as every other CBS Monday show minus 2BG’s air NEXT Monday.

  • danny94

    GG is a joke if it gets renewed over hart of dixie i wont be happy, Sad to see hawaii50 go so low. I bet castle fans are happy that castle FINALLY beat hawaii50

  • Guy

    Go Castle. Amazing finale and deserves those numbers. The show is going from strength to strength and i can only see it get better.

  • bluejays

    @KarenM – Yep every time a show goes there it ruins it! Plus its the only time this year Castle has beaten HFO and I’d be really worried about Castle if it couldn’t do that for its finale at least.

    The only reason its gutting for HFO is it had pretty much its best episode last night and it seems idiotic to have put such a good episode across from Castles finale.

  • Hera

    okay seriously lol what happened to GG!! lol Didn’t it just get interesting for some people?? I mean Bart is back people…from the dead!! (notice my sarcasm) obv…ppl dont like that Bart is back!

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