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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  • Mike

    Yes, you must be right about Asians , because Grace Park is 40 and she is still pretty hot :)
    I hope you really don’t believe all Alex O. had was a shoulder injury. Noone spends a 30 day stin in rehab because of a shoulder injury.All media talked about it months ago. He has aged about 10 years since he was in Three Rivers and it is because of drugs. And this situation didn’t start during Season 2.The changes started during Season 1, but seems in Season 2 things really got out of control and cbs had to act fast.But I don’t think anyone is surprised about another actor in this situation.Good luck to him.

  • Nick

    Wow Gossip Girl with a 0.3? I was thinking it’d be in the 0.1-0.2 range. Probably will be adjusted down.

    I’m surprised Castle repeat didn’t beat H50. Last tine they both were repeats Castle won. Maybe DWTS was a better lead-in than The Bachelorette?

  • Alien

    AGT did pretty well for a Holiday and against stiff cable competition.

    Grimm should definitely stay on Fridays as these repeat numbers prove it. Hopefully for Grimm’s sake Community doesn’t sink them year to year and Whitney does some solid numbers leading off.

  • Ivy

    Wow! Tough crowd! Substance abuse is an illness and prevalence rates are very high. Alex O’loughlin acknowledged he had a problem, got treatment and is in recovery—tough for anybody. He’s trying—more than most of us do.

    Love H50–wish him and the show many years of success.

  • Lena

    Castle won all the EW Season Finale Awards!!!! Bravo!!
    And congrats to Nathan Fillion and Stana Karic for the movies they are both filming in the Castle summer hiatus !!!!

  • Ultima

    Grimm should definitely stay on Fridays

    With the August premiere, I’m wondering if NBC is going to leave it on Monday nights at 10 between the end of the Olympics and the start of The Voice/Revolution (repeating the episodes in the normal timeslot).

  • SarahL

    I thought NBC was going to air Grimm on Tuesday nights. Was this changed to Monday nights?


    I don’t think that I would like that scheduling for Grimm, but it sounds like something NBC might do.

  • Humbled

    I am just so delighted to visit this site. Where else would I be able to connect with such people of importance that their particular viewing pleasure should influence the masses, or medical professionals that can make such an accurate diagnosis over the tv screen.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Humbled: come for the ratings stay for the sarcoidosis!

  • Phlox

    I guess people can’t stand Emily Maynard on the Bachelorette… Daughter this, daughter that… and the Muppet show.

  • Riff Rafferty

    I think it’s funny how NBC keeps getting premieres with decent ratings and the audience leaves each week.

    I guess NBC’s shows simply don’t capture the public’s imagination the way they used to.

    Either that or it’s because I put a hex on them.

  • Clay


    Thanks for your response. Just venting, I know that the industry financials will never become public record. I suppose I’d be more interested in an independent article or study on “reality vs. scripted” over the last decade. On the surface it seems like “reality” programming would be cheaper to produce but now days with some of the hosts getting involved it may not be the case. Does the pure profit of a bunch of ANW or Biggest Loser allow NBC to take a risk bringing in Stern? As a lay person, I’m not in a position to ever know but I still find the topic intriguing.

    10 years ago I never would have though I’d frequent a website that breaks down the minutia of tv ratings, but here we are. Anyway, thanks for the response.

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