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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  • LOL@HotLatio

    Will you please grow up here. What made you think a finale for Castle was not going to beat H5O, and my the way a 2.5 for a finale, not that good. I actually watched H5O this morning, it rocked, watched Castle last night, didn’t blow my sock off. My the way, isn’t the finale the only time Castle won this year, again grown up.

    Damn, Bones!!! 2BG is not funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rob60990

    @Israel, Hart of Dixie never had a .4 and this is Gossip Girl’s 1st .4 and Ringer had more than 2 .4s. Another one making up ratings.

  • KS

    CW renewals

    1.Supernatural :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    2.The Vampire Diaries
    4.Gossip Girl – 13 Episodes
    5.Hart Of Dixie

    CW Cancellations

    1.The Secret Circle :oops:
    2.Ringer :oops:

    2012 – 2013 is a do or die year for The CW . If they really are going to pick up six dramas and spread them all around the season like that of a cable network, I would say that’s a good idea. I am sure at least one of them will be a solid success and at least two others are moderately successful shows.

  • Mon

    2BG still did very good especially at 8:30 only 0.3 behind The Voice (also 0.3 behind The Voice at 8:00). I hope we see those broke girls next season after the Super Bowl! I really hope!

  • Dillan

    GG and HoD half hours?

    Out of all The CW bubble shows, i think GG will get a 13 episode final season, HoD 13 episode second season, TSC full season, Ringer and Nikita are both dead and will be cancelled.

  • Petar

    2BG like lead-in in thursday against World Series/x factor/Idol can be in trouble. I prefer to be after TBBT and lead-in for POI. But whatever decide CBS i am ok.

  • Stella

    Next season, Castle will crash and burn miserably.

    Always happens when couples ‘finally get together’.

  • jt

    I think there’s something wrong with that 2BG ratings. It should be much higher than that. Can anyone verify.

  • George


    GG and HoD half hours?”

    CW – Gossip Girl
    8pm: Viewers: 954,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)
    8:30 pm: Viewers: 785,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

    CW – Hart of Dixie
    9pm: Viewers: 1.32 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)
    9:30 pm: Viewers: 1.34 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

  • Mickey

    Glad to see Castle doing so well.

    I like Hawaii 5-0 as well, shame they’re on against each other. In fact, it seems like all the shows I watch are piled onto Monday (except for Supernatural and Finder on Friday), which only got worse now they moved Bones there as well.

    Was that GG’s first 0.4? And first dip below 900,000? I honestly don’t see how they can justify renewing it for even a mercy shortened final season. And the fact they haven’t yet announced a new showrunner makes me believe they might just cancel it.

  • Mary

    I don’t like those numbers for H50. Hopefully, it improves next week.

    Also, what happened to Smash? Before I went on vacation, it was getting somewhere around 2.3.

  • Burr

    No matter what the ratings were that ep of H50 last night was KILLER and the finale is going to be off the hook! Best show on TV.

  • mindilee

    HF0 was awesome last night – glad Castle was good too – will have to catch it later – was getting ready to quit watching that one if the plot didn’t pick up.

    Hubby commented that the HF0 hugs at the end seemed almost like a welcome back to Alex as much as for McGarrett – they did seem awfully glad to all be back together. Really good acting or genuine friendship-maybe both!!

  • Ron

    Really Castle fans/ Castle had a 3.3 last year for their finale. I wouldn’t knock anyone else down. Your show fell just a much as the next. Castle Fandom is the worst.

  • tjw

    Wow, I remember the last few years people constantly complaining about how ABC was wasting the DWTS lead in on Castle and now Castle damn near beats its lead-in.

  • Nick

    I honestly don’t understand the ratings for The Voice. It seems to be much bigger and more popular than the ratings reflect. It’s tearing up the iTunes charts – Tony Lucca’s performance is the third most downloaded song at the moment, and his, along with a few others, are likely chart very high on the Billboard Hot 100 next week. American Idol performances? They have yet to make an impact on iTunes, yet The Voice can only manage 10 million and a 3.7? I just don’t get it. It seems like the show blew up this season in terms of water cooler chat, Twitter, other social media outlets, and song downloads, yet its ratings are down.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage


    You grow up, anonymous poster. H-5-0 fans were always saying “Castle is a flop!” and when Castle beats it, what do they say? NADA, because you can’t say anything. Flop-0 is way more expensive than Castle and it’s not the hit CBS wanted it to be.

  • John

    YES CASTLE!!! Hope it gets adjusted up.

  • RyanCanada

    Castle was AMAZING last night Wow, im addicted to this show lol… now i have to catch up on season 1, 2 and 3, GoodBYE Gossip GIRL,

  • mdmb


    I think there’s something wrong with that 2BG ratings. It should be much higher than that. Can anyone verify.

    why? becuz is such a grat show ? please ..

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