TV Ratings Monday: 'America's Got Talent' Down But Still Wins Night, Beating 'The Bachelorette' and 'American Ninja Warrior'

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May 29th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.9/5 1.5/4 1.2/3 1.2/3 0.8/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share  1.3/4 1.2/4 1.3/4 0.7/2 0.6/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.180 5.226 2.997 5.063 2.421 0.678


NBC was the top rated network in adults 18-49 and total viewers on a repeat filled Memorial Day. All networks other than NBC opted to classify their programming as specials due to the holiday.

On NBC, America's Got Talent earned a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 16% from last week's 3.1. American Ninja Warrior garnered a 2.0  among adults 18-49 down 17% from a 2.4 for last week's premiere.

On ABC, The Bachelorette scored a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 25% from last week's 2.4 when the show aired at 9PM.

Where are the final ratings? Read about Memorial Day induced ratings delays.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, May 28 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC America's Got Talent 2.7/8 10.03
ABC The Bachelorette (8-10PM) 1.8/5 5.73
CBS How I Met Your Mother - R 1.1/3 3.83
FOX House - R 0.7/2 2.30
CW Gossip Girl -R 0.3/1 0.56
8:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 1.1/3 4.20
9:00 NBC American Ninja Warrior 2.0/5 5.73
CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.3/4 5.86
FOX House - R 0.8/2 2.55
CW Hart of Dixie - R 0.3/1 0.797
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly - R 1.2/3 5.49
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five- 0 - R 1.2/3 5.51
NBC Grimm - R 0.9/2 2.78
ABC Castle - R 0.8/2 4.21

via NBC press notes:


NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • David Howell

    NBC getting bigger numbers out of ANW on Memorial Day than they did out of their entire scripted lineup in sweeps. I know there was no competition other than Stay Outdoors and Go To The Movies, but even so, it doesn’t half make you wonder if NBC could do any worse than putting it in their spring schedule next year.

  • NewEnglandMike


    Daniel Dae Kim is listed as 43 years old.

  • lancelot48

    It looks like Howard Stern will be spending his summer as the star of a show that is incapable of making stars. Stern loves the talent, he loves fellow judges – and Stern show regulars – Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, he loves host Nick Cannon, the audiences whose enthusiasm makes the auditions so electric. We need Judges like Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan to make the Show interesting.

  • Mike


    Thanks .DDK is 43. Well, at least he is aging well. Which is important in the business. Poor Alex looks 48-50. But drugs make people age faster. I saw a pic of Lindsay Lohan yesterday and I was shocked too. She was such a pretty girl. Still crossing my fingers for her. She has a lot of problems too.

  • RyanCanada

    what is American Ninja Warrior?

  • Mr. So & So

    Google is your friend.

  • kp11

    with the crap on tv I can’t image even turning it on. Have 129 stations and it isn’t worth a dime.

  • Doug

    @ Mike – DDK is like 43! Asians age better than whites though, so there you go.

  • Mark Wilkins

    Another boring Monday, full of terrible shows and repeats. There was nothing on cable either, glad I went out instead.

  • Holly

    Another boring Monday, full of terrible shows and repeats. There was nothing on cable either, glad I went out instead.

    It was Memorial Day… Why would the nets air new episodes when most people are out barbequing?

  • SarahL

    I did not know that NBC was repeating Grimm last night. Very cool.

  • NewEnglandMike


    I agree with you about AOL aging poorly…and I think we both know why.

  • Overdamoon

    You’ve managed to offend DDK, the poor guy ages well but you added 7 years to him.

    If you’re referring to the scene in the smurf room (interrogation room), no one looks good in blue lighting and I wish they would change that backseat tiny.

    Anyway, hindsight is 20/20. Alex O reinjured his shoulder during Season 2 and it got progressively worse so there was noI telling when he could take time off for rehab… Guess they tried to drag out for as long as they possibly could and it might not be the right decision. Who knows.

  • Overdamoon

    *wish they would change that set.

    Damn auto correct!

  • maria_forever

    repeat episode. my favorite series and I’m happy this renewed :D :P :)

  • Ultima

    It was Memorial Day… Why would the nets air new episodes when most people are out barbequing?

    By primetime, I think most people had moved onto happily slumbering in their food comas. ;)

  • BoB

    @ TVDude

    Easy explanation for the audience leaving every week. It’s the “Curiosity” Fan Bingo Excuse. Viewers see something new is going to be on, even if it is on NBC and are curious to see what it is and tune in the first week. Next week some of those curious viewers knowing it was worthless, don’t watch, others say they are curious as to whether it can be that bad this week as it was the previous and tune in out of curiosity. Repeat for a few weeks and all that is left watching the show are the fan boys/girls who can’t understand why all those dumb people no longer watch this fabulous show.

  • Joseph

    Univision tied for number-one in the 18-34 demo last night (May 28th), but I’d suspect that it probably led the younger-adult demo from 9 P.M. EDT/PDT-onward.

    The biggest competition last night was “Driving Home From The Holiday Weekend”. Reportedly, there were traffic jams 15-25 miles long on U.S. 6 coming off of Cape Cod (I live near Boston; this is what was reported on local TV and radio there), and many other extremely long traffic jams on roads leading out of major vacation sports around the country.

    Thus, many people who thought they’d be home in-time to tune in shows like “Bachelorette”, “America’s Got Talent”, or the NBA Playoff game between Boston and Miami (the latter probably drew more viewers than anything on any broadcast network) instead found themselves fighting traffic and missing the shows they wanted to see.

  • Nancy

    My television listing showed the Batchlorett still on at 10 PM so I purposely did not turn to ABC. If I had known Castle was on I would have watched. Instead I got on my computer and read some Chuck Fan fiction.


  • Joseph

    In a press released published elsewhere on TV By The Numbers, the History Channel is claiming that 13.9 million people watched the first part of “Hatfields & McCoys” last night (May 28th).

    That, the network claims, is the largest non-sports viewership in basic cable history.

    It also drew far more viewers than any broadcast network, or even that NBA game.

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