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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  • Pam

    I was expecting a bigger bump for Hawaii Finale considering it was the only scripted show at that time. Poor Smash does not count, it maybe a good show but the demo is terrible. Hawaii only got a 0.2 demo higher than The Bachelorette that had a way weaker lead in? Really ? The Bachelorette? It’s kind of funny.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Five-O had Taylor Cole in it as a major badass. It was pretty good. But I couldn’t help thinking the final scene was reminiscent of Chuck – “Mom?” :-) Got to see Grace in a bikini again, too – can’t lose with that. :-)

  • BearDogg-X

    NBC can take one look at the CW and say, “Hey, at least there’s a network run worse than us!”

    Dawn Ostroff ran the CW into the ground, and it looks like nothing has changed a year into Mark Pedowitz’s run.

    @WB, like everything else in this world, the TV industry is basically “What have you done for me lately?”

    Gossip Girl’s ratings have sucked. A 0.4 and 875,000 viewers gets your show canceled on any other network, even on NBC. Gossip Girl’s rotting carcass should have been canceled. Renewing it was an insult to the intelligence of fans of not just Gossip Girl, but the other CW shows like Secret Circle.

  • Pete

    Its pathetic how TSCs Season finale also got a 0.6 yet it was cancelled.


    CBS fine, Two and a Half Men lead adults 18-49 \ o /. Expecting too much of next season

  • ToXiX

    I am also very surprised by The CW

    I’m looking forward to all of their new series minus Beauty & The Beast.

    NBC continues to be nothing but crap. Can’t believe they didn’t pick up Downwardly Mobile.

    Abc has a couple shows I’ll check out. That’s a nice change because I haven’t watched Abc for Years.

    CBS & CW for me.

    Fox for animation until The Following / Mastermind premieres.

  • Steve-A

    @bluejays. ANTM is very different from DWTS. ANTM relies heavily on drama and there wasn’t any. DWTS is solely dancing. Look at how well survivor all stars did

  • Steve-A


  • Becky

    I guess it was a Good night for Brodcasting!

  • Montecore

    Watched bones last night and wondered when wolf packs began settling in Washington DC, what a stupid ending! Hopefully bones will never return, the killer (whoever it is) will get away and the show won’t survive another season!

  • Pam

    Smash is good, but not a show that a lot of people will enjoy or appreciate. I believe it should had been a cable show.
    Next season Revolution will do a lot better than Smash after The Voice. I would love to see this show being the new Lost networks have been after for years, I do miss Lost, but if not, I am thinking at least high 2s or 3. It sure looks amazing.

  • Fed

    Craig Ferguson is touring Scotland this week and the first show was phenomenal. Clearly he is the best late night host in ages. I laugh all the time and Mila Kunis being on the show makes a double winner. :)

  • WB

    @ Suzie

    I didn’t say anything bad about the screenname.

    @ Kate
    Thanks, Yes, most def. Maybe they would take that in consideration.

  • Captain

    No it wasn’t, it was horribly written, there is no good way for that. The show defies logic and is just pathetic now. I’m guessing you’re a Chair fan since Chair fans don’t care how terrible the writing is as long as Chuck and Blair are together.

  • Jess


    just let it go already. I too loved TSC but you can’t justify those numbers with TVD as the lead in. HOD grew off a terrible lead in and TSC lost half if not more at times off of TVD.

    Wish it could have kept up the numbers and I think it would have taken the spot from Nikita.

  • Captain

    The fact that Gossip Girl fans are CELEBRATING a 1.17 rating proves how pathetic their ratings are.

  • bluejays

    @Pam it must kill you every week trying to come up with a way to say the most succesfull ten pm show on any net for the whole season is a loser eh? Lol indeed!

  • Steph

    Hawaii Five-0 finale was awesome! that’s what a season finale is suppose to be.

  • Pete

    @ Jess

    Why should I let it go? the thousands upon thousands of fans who are signing the petitions to bring it back aren’t either.

  • Fake Me Out

    @Fed “Craig Ferguson … best late night host in ages …

    I agree. Always liked Dave but Craig & Geoff are top shelf. BTW, anyone else think Dave is starting to get, ummmm, odd? Hope all is well.

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