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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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  • rob60990

    AGT skewed way younger than usual which I guess can’t be surprising up against DWTS.

    Not bad for The Bachelorette. Better than I expected.

  • eridapo


    I agree, but I would love a Tuesday Action Night by CBS

  • suzie


    Any bitterness about HoD being renewed??

    GG is so lame, I used to like it in season 1 and 2, but as soon as Chuck tried to prostitute out Blair I gave up. Leighton Meester is the only good thing about that show.

  • Bee

    smash’s finale was AMAZING. abolutely loved it. best episode since the pilot. maybe even the best of the season. WHY WHY WHY couldn’t every episode be that good?! i wish had it done better. but the show will debut AT LEAST around 2.2-2.5 next spring provided the voice still provides a decent lead-in.

    i hope the show fixes its flaws because when it’s good, it’s REALLY good. i’m still scared what this new gossip girl showrunner will do to the show.

  • E


    That assessment really doesn’t add up. They had a pretty decent premiere for House in terms of numbers/demo this season, I guess because people wanted to see what the consequences of his actions would be, and then it went downhill rapidly from there. Last season ratings were consistently stable and they even pulled 12 million in a heavy House/Cuddy episode, then they dropped the God awful ‘break-up’ episode and globally ratings have trended downwards since then, not just in the US. Either way it went on 2 or 3 seasons too long.

  • G.

    @GossipGirl: Would you please stop living in the ‘GG’ world and stop calling eveyone a bitch? And also the show got renewed because it’s fair to let it have a final season, it didn’t get renewed because it deserved it and it only got 11 episodes, it just shows how CW wants to get rid of it ASAP. Stop embarrassing yourself.
    PS: Not a TSC or a Ringer fan. I only watched OTH on the CW.

    Anyway, major EW at Smash’s 1.8.

  • Zack

    SMASH at least has to be a 2.1 since Hell on Earth was a 2.1 and it is slightly below the viewers for this episode. It would be very good to end on a good note. SEASON 2 here we come :)

  • JoeyDavid.com

    Having Howard Stern on AGT compared to that boring plain anal Piers Morgan brings more life to the judging panel.

  • Christian

    The only thing I found entertaining about last night’s Gossip Girl was GG’s “see you next fall” voiceover. It’s like the writers were daring, nay challenging Mark Pedowitz to cancel them! Haha.

    That’s really bad for Smash’s finale. And NBC’s awful state is only going to get worse next year if the trailers for their new dramas are anything to go by.

  • HB

    I see why TSC was cancelled.It couldn’t retain half of TVD’s lead in and HOD always grew out of its WORST lead in!

    Congratulations to HOD and its fans!

  • K

    @micro Maybe, but House and Wilson belonged together. They should have been a couple 2 seasons ago.

  • Jack

    Five-0 was great last night!!! Better season finale than last season! I can’t wait of next season.

  • Joe

    LOL at the bitter Hart of Dixie haters. Clearly it was the right decision as it was the only freshman series to get a .6 for the finale, and it didn’t decline from its lead in.

    Bring on season 2 <3

  • atlanta

    @Sarah I totally agree that Bones is suffering in the Monday time slot but it has been completely consistent in viewers and demo all spring. What does Fox have that would do any better on Monday? Nothing and nothing better for next year either. Poor Mob Dr.too, Fox is going to be in a world of hurt come fall.

  • E01

    What should I think about Bones’ Live numbers? They’ve taken a hit, obv, but are DVR numbers suggesting that viewers are still there, just not tuning in on Monday nights?

  • Ingmar

    Bones should have been kept at thursdays. But I guess next season will be the last for Bones anyway ; despite ratings.

    Good for HIMYM! So happy!

  • Kellix

    I actually thought the Gossip girl finale was good and would have been a good series finale overall. But maybe I’m wrong! I’m a new gg viewer and I think the show is ok. I will be watching next season.

  • enes
  • Flame

    that was one legen…. wait for it… little bit longer… DARY Mother final! Plotwise I’d even be happy if the series ended today.

  • s04

    I hate to say it, but it’s time to announce next year as Bones’ final season.

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