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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  • Kyle

    Can anybody please tell me how GG and HOD did in W18-34?

  • Emily

    Glad GG went up in the finale. I just hope the last season goes back to the awesomeness of seasons 1 through 3.

  • Danak

    I agree about Smash’s finale. It was awesome. I keep listening to the final song on my iTunes (and it’s doing well on iTunes right now).

  • Fed

    WTF for DWTS falling drom 5s and 4s 2-3 seasons ago to 2.5-8 for this one. And it wasn’t that bad compared with other shows.

  • K

    Damn you go Hart of Dixie!!! Proving to the world why you deserved a second season!

  • WB

    It really irks me when people on here say “I WILL NOT BE WATCHING THE CW ANYMORE because of so so so, and blah blah! ”

    1. um GOSSIP GIRL has done very well for The CW network and was one of the most buzzed about show once upon a time. Let’s not forget it was The CW’s FIRST SUCCESSFUL drama series! YES indeed, it’s ratings SUCKS ASS, but it does deserve a major send off! So, that’s why The CW renewed it for a FINAL SEASON.

    2. HART OF DIXIE was talked about badly, hated, and no one really didn’t beleive in this show. DIXIE has never gotten a .4 and it’s ratings has beemn steady and let’s not forget its even behind GOSSIP GIRL!

    3. THE SECRET CIRCLE started off strong, but was behind The CW’s #1 Drama and it’s ratings dropped low even lower than HART OF DIXIE, which is again behind GOSSIP GIRL! C’mon there’s no excuse!

    4. RINGER started off strong and again dropped lower than HART OF DIXIE.
    No excuse!

    5. And NIKITA, obviously seems likeable and it’s total viewers has even beating THE SECRET C. and RINGER and it’s a freaking FRIDAY SHOW! then it’s also a show older audience can tune in which is what The C-Dub wants!

    I THINK THE C-DUB did the right decision! : )

  • Ultima

    Omg mike and Molly had more viewers than two and a half men?

    Obviously due to DWTS only being 90 minutes long; ABC lost almost 8 million viewers between the half hours.

  • The End

    @Fake Me Out

    Nah Jake will be in the show for the whole of next season.

  • Anna


  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    @suzie I guess we’ll have to wait and see, can’t wait to see the Fall Renew/Cancel Index, Hart of Dixie- Certain Cancellation. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • WB

    I hope The CW presents a fresh look andd do better promotion for this upcoming fall season! I think The CW has the most interesting pilots , and they should consider to try their little best to make these shows presentable and give them exposure! To me, the other networks schedule’s sounds dul. I’m surprised about FOX’s schedule woahh haha, they could have done at least better. NBC’s The Revolution sounds interesting, but other than that, The CW’s logo will be on the bottom right hand corner of my television screen primetime lol. :)

  • WB

    @HotLatino4GayMarriage (WOW what a controversial screen name)

    You’re so ignorant! just to let you know! I really didn’t know you were a psychic! ( ha MORE LIKE A PSYCHO! :) ). I highly recommend you to GROW UP.


  • a p garcia

    I think SMASH was great last night.

  • suzie


    HotLatino4GayMarriage is annoying but there’s nothing wrong with his screen name.

  • Viktor

    Yeah, 4gaymarriage, what the hell is wrong with you, I’m also a gay man but I love Rachel Bilson and Hart of Dixie!?

  • Todd

    Great job H50!

  • kaslad

    HIMYM was brilliant.

  • Jenny

    Hart Of Dixie is my favorite show. I hope CW will put it in a better time slot.

  • Kate

    @Freyja – Thanks for posting the CW upfront attendees list again, I’m sure some people missed it in the Friday final ratings post. I saw that it yesterday in the comment section there, and like I said in my previous comment, I was really surprised at 1. how there is more “returning” talent attending than “new” talent and 2. the complete lack of any GG cast member going. You would think that the network would want at least some of them there since it’s the final season. Perhaps more are scheduled to attend but those are just the confirmed ones thus far.

    @WB – agreed. Their promo department has been awful the last few years. All the new pilots should be promoted as equally as possible. Obviously I’m expecting Arrow and unfortunately TCD to get the most, but they messed up last year when they pretty much only promoted Ringer. They should also promote their veteran shows aside from TVD.

  • Jenny

    Hart Of Dixie is my favorite show. Great acting, great writing, great plots, great scenery, great camera work, great everything. And lots of eye candy for both men and women.

    I hope CW will put it in a better time slot.

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