TV Ratings Monday: 'Grimm' Returns to 2nd Highest Ratings Ever, 'Hell's Kitchen', 'Glass House' & 'Bachelor Pad' Up + 'Stars Earn Stripes' & 'Hotel Hell' Premieres

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August 14th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/7 1.8/5 1.3/4 1.3/4 1.1/3 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/7 1.4/5 0.8/2 1.4/5 0.8/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.791 5.326 4.909 3.350 3.405 0.606


FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49  and total viewers.

The premiere of Hotel Hell earned a 1.9 rating, and was the highest rated new series debut on any network this summer among Adults 18-49. Hell's Kitchen returned to earn a 2.7, which was up a tenth from its last original, which earned a 2.6 two weeks ago.

On NBC, the premiere of  Stars Earn Stripes scored a 1.7 18-49 rating, down -23% from last summer's debut of Love in the Wild. The Season 2 premiere of Grimm earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, only a tenth lower than the season one premiere , which earned a 2.1 18-49 rating(its highest-rated episode to date). It seems most of your predictions were a touch optimistic.

On ABC, Bachelor Pad earned a 1.2, up two tenths from last week's series-low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Glass House earned a 0.7 rating, up a tenth from last week's series low 0.6. adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, Remodeled earned a 0.1 rating.

CBS was all repeats for the evening.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday August 13, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Hotel Hell -P 1.9 6 5.119
NBC Stars Earn Stripes -P (8-10PM) 1.7 5 5.149
ABC Bachelor Pad (8-10PM) 1.2 4 4.060
CBS How I Met Your Mother -R 1.2 4 4.368
CW Perez Hilton: All Access -R 0.3 1 0.820
8:30 PM CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.3 4 4.615
9:00PM FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.7 7 6.460
CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.3 4 4.840
CW Remodeled 0.1 0 0.392
9:30PM CBS Mike and Molly -R 1.5 4 5.295
10:00PM NBC Grimm 2.0 5 5.681
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 1.2 5 5.161
ABC The Glass House 0.7 2 2.094

Via NBC Press Note:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.3/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.9/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.5/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/3. 

With guests First Lady Michelle Obama, Olympic Gold Medalist Gabrielle Douglas and musical guest Norah Jones, “Tonight” scored its highest Monday rating in metered market households since February 6, the night after the Super Bowl.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2; "Nightline," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.


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

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    Wow, that’s a lot of aggressive promoting for AGT.

  • s0303

    @cc…i agree a 2.0 at 10 pm is good for nbc…but grimm also got a 2.1 in its premiere last year on a friday…the worst night of the week compared to a 2.0 on a monday…it’s not bad, but i’m sure nbc is a little disappointed. i do give nbc credit though for trying to boost the ratings and trying something new, but grimm should stay on a friday where it’s a very solid performer. jmo

  • Dennis


    2nd highest episode ever, 2nd most viewed show of the night…early premiere (not everyone would expect it to be back in august)

    Thats pretty good

  • TVDude

    For what it’s worth, Grimm did great. I mean it did better than the superstar “Smash” did last spring behind The Voice. This, although a season premiere, grew out of its lead in.

    Now, to be fair, Smash had more competition, but the lead in was so much stronger. Put Grimm behind The Voice and let’s see how it does, my bet is that it would do better than Smash. Would NBC want the rating higher, of course, but they’re probably OK with this when its in season show can’t get a 2.0 following a 3.0+ rating.

  • FatSacOfDoomBeanFlicker

    I think a 2.0 is about what was realistically expected from NBC. It’s a good rating for the show no matter how you look at it.

    I enjoyed it, but just like last season, the silly effects pull me out of the story every time! It looks like face painting at a kid’s birthday party!

  • Spencer

    Go Grimm! Considering it’s awful lead-in, I think it did pretty well!

  • Dennis


    I didn’t think the effects were that bad last night actually.
    Anyway, I watch a show for the story not for effects.

    However I did think they might’ve got an increase in budget since it was NBC’s breakout hit in season1

  • K

    Is there any tv show that Gordon Ramsay has done that has been a failure?

  • TVDude

    “After all of the promotion only a 2.0 for Grimm?!” What promotion? It seems like NBC has promoted their newer shows a lot more. That’s not to say that there hasn’t been promotion for Grimm, but look at this website’s promotion of AGT and tell me where and when you’ve seen that for Grimm. If you want to see promotion wasted, Smash’s finale got a 1.8 after the premiere of AGT. A 2.0 to start this season isn’t bad compared to how Monday night at 10pm last season ended.

  • rick

    Even though it is yet another cheap to make reality show, at least Stars/Stripes
    wasn’t another singing/dancing/juggling/dating show. Too bad more male appeal reality shows like Deadliest Catch don’t show up on network tv.

  • rob60990

    @TVDude, this site was promoting Grimm for a couple of weeks.

  • Kevin

    Actually NBC can look forward to the Winter Olympics in February of 2014. Plust they do still have Sunday Night Football.

    Little disappointed at the Grimm Numbers, thought it would be better.

    Didn’t see Stars…did not interest me.

  • Ricky

    Oh yeah! Grimm is back, baby! I’m really glad I spent the last month catching up on this one. What a perfect episode to start watching Grimm regularly for the first time with.

    I loved how they’re starting to introduce the little historical conspiracy stuff (Knights Templar, Crusades, etc.) Perfect for fans of The Da Vinci Code and the works of James Rollins, such as myself. It gives me a little more hope for ABC’s Zero Hour… :)


  • Dennis

    Is Stars Earn Strips on again next Monday?

    I can see it crashing, hopefully Grimm isn’t effected

  • Kissan

    Grimm was up against competition. Major Crimes, it came on right after The Closer series finale so u know that did good so that should’ve been competition. I also think that if Grimm came on Mondays at 10 after The Voice it would’ve done much better than Smash, even if it was against Hawaii Five-0 and Castle. But I definitely think that Revolution will do good on their premiere with The Voice as a lead-in even if there not compatible. Revolution gonna get a lot of viewers cuz it’s highly anticipated and their premiere is one week before Castle and HF0. But it’s gonna have hard competetion cuz also Major Crimes.

  • Dennis


    Revolution will do well in its first few episodes but i think it will struggle to stay above 2.0 in the demo

  • Matt

    Thought Grimm would’ve done about at least 7M and a 2.3 since it had so much promotion… But 5.7 and a 2.0 isn’t bad for it. But I think Stars Earn Stripes brought it down.

  • Dennis


    …or maybe adjusted up?

    Who knows..

  • TVDude

    @rob60990, not like they are for AGT, not even close. An annoying video pops up every time the page loads. Plus, this is just one small component to promotion. The fact is that NBC has used the Olympics to promote Go On, The New Normal, Animal Practice, and Revolution. Yes, Grimm got promoted, but not even close to the level of these shows. It’s promotion wasn’t even as aggressive as Parks and Recreation.

  • FatSacOfDoomBeanFlicker


    Me too, but the story goes out the window when everyone starts shaking their heads to reveal the best Halloween mask you can buy at Wal-mart for 5 bucks or less.

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