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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  • Rebecca

    Enjoyed HIMYM (loved the ending) and Smash last night. Looking forward to next season for both.

  • Mike

    Next season is going to be awesome. The Voice will be back in the Fall followed by Revolution. And Castle is back on Mondays after a DWTS ALL-Stars Edition. I can not wait to see CBS schedule. Very interesting.
    CBS was smart airing their finales when The Voice was over.

  • RG-X

    AGT should have waited until the traditional June summer months – people finishing up their season final shows that are on live and those that they recorded…

    That’s why Hell’s Kitchen is waiting for June.

  • ray

    i thought the two and a half men ,was a really good episode,alot of jake,like old times,i hope they keep that pattern going,because it is called 2 and a half men not two men,like is been for a while ,hopefully zoey will go soon .and i hope the rating increase,even tho they r brilliant,still no.1 :D

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage


    No, I get to watch its slow and painful death this coming Fall! Hopefully with a cliffhanger for its fans. :mrgreen:

  • Jinjeon

    “Dancing with the Stars” is dying. ABC should put it out of its misery. An all-star season is a bad decision. It’s gonna be under 2.0 only after couple of episodes.

  • Beth

    HOD is way up, yay. Gossip Girl was so bad last night I think this might be one of the last times it gets above a million, especially if the rumored move to Friday is true.

  • Sara


  • John A

    LMAO at bitter TSC fans. It was doing bad with the best lead in and deserved the axe.

  • lory

    Next season DWTS is having an All-star Edition for the Fall.That is a great idea, the winners of past editions back. That will help the numbers and help Castle !!!

  • Beth


    But DWTS is still winning the night in total viewers. Maybe it’s not as high as it once was but still higher than everything else.

  • A

    YES! Great for GG. Although we fans don’t have to worry over its ratings anymore. <3

    Since it went up a little; I really hope they could order a few more episodes and make the final season at least like 15 episodes.

  • TJ

    Marvin Wait-for-it Ericsson,the coolest middle name ever :D
    Happy for HIMYM,great season finale.TAAHM too enjoyed,british chick needs to go,and wonder how jake on army will turn out.

  • snoot

    Such a shame to see House going out so low! Will the series finale get a 2.5?

  • Michael

    These numbers prove why Hart Of Dixie deserved a second renewal.

  • Jinjeon

    Betworks do not care about total viewers, they care for demos. NBC proved it with canceling “Harry’s Law”. Don’t get me wrong I’m a huge DWTS fan, I haven’t missed a season but even I can see it’s dying. Unless they revamp the whole thing (get rid of same ol’ same ol’ judges, get a new female co-host, get actual C and D-listers as contestans) I do not see it getting better. And whole all-star season idea is bad. I’m gonna skip an all-star season because I don’t want to see the same faces I already saw competing.

  • Androme

    As always AGT was awesome! And Howard Stern made it 10x better.
    And the Mother finale was wonderful. It stupefied Mr work the reveal of Barney’s bride

  • Percysowner

    Although I don’t watch it, I think last night’s ratings indicate that it was a good idea for the CW to renew GG for 11 episodes. It seems like fans will come back to see how it wraps up, which will help the CW while sending off a show that is past its better days. From a selfish POV, this gives me hope that the CW will treat Supernatural the same way when and if its ratings start falling and give SPN a proper sendoff when its time comes. Although it seems as though Supernatural simply has its dedicated fans and almost nothing has shaken them.

  • A

    lol the only disappointed ones with the GG finale is cause Dair ended and they didn’t get a closure; but they were NEVER gonna last. You’re delusional if you thought otherwise.

    The characters are ALL back to the way they were in Season 1; which is a good setup to the final season because season 6 will be about the characters finding their way back to each other again. It was a good set up into the final season.

  • shawn

    I thought SMASH was pretty solid last night. I still enjoy the show and am happy it is at least coming back for season 2 next year. Hopefully it can stay around a 1.8 or a 2.0, because on NBC that should be enough to keep it going for a few years!

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