TV Ratings Monday: 'How I Met Your Mother', 'Hawaii Five-O', 'Mike & Molly' Up, 'America's Got Talent' Premieres Down, 'The Bachelorette' Down From Last Year's Debut

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May 15th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/9 3.0/8  2.5/7 2.0/6 1.4/4 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.4/7 2.1/6 1.8/5 1.4/4 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.42 8.89 11.90 6.76 3.58 1.35


CBS was the top rated network in adults 18-49 while ABC was number one  in total viewers.

On CBS, the hour long How I Met Your Mother  season finale earned a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating up from a 3.3 for its most recent original episode on May 1. For comparison, last week the hour long finale of 2 Broke Girls got a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men's season finale  garnered a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating even with last week. The Mike and Molly season finale scored a 3.3 among adults 18-49, up from a 3.1 last week.  The Hawaii Five-O finale earned a 2.7 among adults 18-49 up substantially from last week's 2.3.

On NBC, the season premiere of America's Got Talent earned a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, compared to a 3.8 in the time period for the finale of The Voice last week and a 4.3 for last year's season premiere on June 2, 2011. The season finale of Smash scored a 1.8 among adults 18-49, matching its performance for the prior two weeks.

On ABC, a 90 minute Dancing With the Stars scored a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating compared to a 2.7 for last week's two hour episode. The 90 minute season premiere of The Bachelorette  earned a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 down from a 2.8 for last year's season premiere.

On FOX, the season finale of Bones garnered a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. House got a 2.2 among adults 18-49 up from last week's 2.1.

On the CW, the season finale of Gossip Girl earned a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating up from last week's 0.4. The season finale of Hart of Dixie scored a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating even with last week.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, May 14 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.6/10 8.49
NBC America's Got Talent  (8-10PM) -(Premiere) 3.6/10 10.30
ABC Dancing With the Stars (8-9:30PM) 2.6/7 15.60
FOX Bones (season finale) 1.9/5 7.07
CW Gossip Girl (season finale) 0.6/2 1.17
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men (season finale) 3.8/10 11.33
FOX House 2.2/6 6.45
CW Hart of Dixie (season finale) 0.6/1 1.53
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly (season finale) 3.3/8 11.63
ABC The Bachelorette (9:30-11PM) (Premiere) 2.5/7 8.20
10:00 CBS Hawaii 5-0 (season finale) 2.7/7 11.29
NBC Smash (season finale) 1.8/5 6.06

via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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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  • DW

    good numbers for AGT. never watched the show until last night. stern was very good.

  • s0303

    maybe nbc should have saved agt for the fall…seems like they are wasting those high ratings for a summer show…

  • Leondre

    AGT skewed ýounger

  • W

    Congratulations to CBS! All the shows did well! Awesome season finale on all the comedies and H50! I cannot wait for next season. Great job by all!

  • Matt

    mike and molly BEAT TAAHM in viewers!!!!!!

  • Kate

    Chill out on the personal attacks. I don’t care either way but I have friends who still watch and that’s what they told me

  • Sid

    HF0!!!!!! :D

    CW was right to save Dixie and kill TSC. I think they should keep it at 9p though and place First Cut at 8p.

  • HB

    Yayiee H50!Great Episode last night!

  • micro

    Embarrasing numbers for the last episodes of House. They shouldn´t have let Cuddy go.

  • Ryan530

    Mike & Molly beat 2.5 Men in viewers. Strange…?

  • eridapo

    Wow… I did think the Bones season finale would get more viewers, but it seems that Bones is stuck in the 1.9s now. It’s ratings match Smash. Sad.

  • Alex

    The season finale of Gossip Girl was AWESOME

    Can’t wait for season 6 too

  • GossipGirl


    it pisses me off the people are always bashing on GG. every tuesday the cmmnts are retarted. well guess what bitches, GG got renewed. again :)

  • me

    I saw Bones last night, that was really good. and I also enjoyed Two and a half men, Mike & Molly, and Hawaii Five-0.

  • MoHasanie

    Wow, good for HIMYM. But I suppose the fact that it was 1 hour and in its usual spot helped it do well. Even if people didn’t know it was 1 hour, they could have still watched the second half. On the other 2BG was moved earlier, so people didn’t know it was on.
    TAAHM still strong, but I thought it could have risen for its finale.

    Pretty good for AGT. I still don’t get why this isn’t in the fall, but instead we’re getting another season of The Voice. :/

    Yikes at Bones. Good luck to Fox on Monday next year! The Bachelorette had an alright premiere. Good numbers for 10pm!

    DWTS fell, so that’s surprising.

  • MarcJames87

    That GG finale episode was just setting it up for the final season.

    We all knew they were bringing it back for some sort of goodbye, and they will advertise it as hell as the Final Season.

    I think it will draw some of it’s early viewers back just to see how it ends.

  • Baqinardo

    AGT did well against stronger competition vs last year :D

  • Jerry


    I actually enjoy House more this season than I did last season. I don’t think Cuddy leaving has anything to do with the numbers – I think the entire last season of House/Cuddy does

  • TD

    @GossipGirl: Nice that you can counter criticism with “retarted” [sic].

  • LOL

    I found the GG finale horrible. I won’t be tuning in next season.

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