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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  • Ricky

    @FatSacOfDoom: Are you being a troll or are your standards of special effects higher than mine? Here’s a few examples of what I consider good vs. bad effects on TV:

    Grade A: 24, Lost, Fringe, Terra Nova, Grimm
    Grade B: Firefly, Supernatural, Falling Skies, Alphas
    Grade C: Buffy, Doctor Who, Surface (bonus points to anyone else who remembers that one)
    Grade D: Angel, Charmed

  • SueP

    Good for Grimm. I tried to watch it again, but just lost interest about halfway through and went back to preseason football. Same as last year when it debuted, the lead character is dull and just doesn’t catch my interest so I really don’t care what happens in his world. But I’m glad it did well enough for its fans.

  • Potato


    Firefly was definitely an A for it’s time– i forget when I watch it that it’s ten years old. But, I’m kinda siding with Fat… here. Granted, it’s been a while since I saw Grimm so maybe they got better (but I mean it has only been a year) but I thought the fx were pretty cheesy. They looked digital, like they hadn’t had enough time to put in many details.

    And, I liked surface until the winter hiatus. When it came back it got silly. (And I saw it for the first time on netflix, so it’s not just a case of taking time off from it.) The end of episode ten is where I pretend the series ended.

  • s0303

    @ tvdude…i love grimm, but it had a ton of promotion during the olympics…it was the most promoted show that wasn’t just starting out by far…

  • FatSacOfDoomBeanFlicker


    I watched the show, said I enjoyed it, and praised the ratings. But because I thought the effects were bad, I’m a troll?

    I’m not. I just think a network TV show should look better.

  • PHIL


    Are you kidding, Terra Nova gets an A?

  • TVDude


    “wasn’t just starting out” is you key words. Plus, I still say Parks and Rec got promoted more. Grimm’s promotion was no Smash.

  • Josh

    SPN barely get a budget to pay for it’s two leads so considering I bump it to a B+. lol

  • NEK38583

    That is really good for Grimm

    Last season CBS the number 1 networks 10/9 central shows where all around the 2.0 mark, so I think that is good from them. This being before Labor day I think is an awesome start. Maybe they will keep this up through the seasion. If the ratings stay high enough to get renewed after the seasion we will be almost guranteed 2 more seasons.

    Just keep watching !!!!!!!!

  • K


    Why not? Terra Nova was a good show.

  • jens2488

    Grimms ratings were good. It built on its lead-in. And never forget a 2.0 on NBC is better than what most of their dramas did ge last season.

  • Ccemerson

    WoW Mike and Molly was CBS’s highest rated program last night.

  • GG

    Haha i love this. Stripes flopped and Grimm was the winner of the night with a flop lead in.

  • John A

    How many episodes does Grimm have? 22 or more?

  • NEK38583

    @ JOHN A

    I think it has 22, but it would not surpise me if they ordered more; especially if there ratings are good for friday and they remain one of NBC’s highest rated shows.

  • Ricky

    @Potato: Yeah, guess I should have mentioned Firefly only got a B for age. But I have to say, I think Grimm’s effects are very smoothly used. They make me think of what Buffy would look like if it were made today. They aren’t constantly turning the camera away when someone puts on their “Game Face.” When that happens, it’s a sign that they don’t have the technology to pull off those effects and show them to the audience so we can share in the awesomeness.

    Glad to see I’m also not the only one who remembers Surface. Bad effects aside, I thought it was a great show and I wish they could have kept it going, because it had some serious potential.

    @FatSac: My apologies. I just don’t like it when people’s comments cheapen great SFX work. Saying that the makeup looks like a store-bought Halloween mask…If you want to see proof of the time and energy they spend making those scary monsters and super creeps look as scary and creepy as possible, here’s a 30-second video: http://www.nbc.com/grimm/video/time-lapse-creature-transformation/1404432

    @PHIL: No, I am not kidding. Terra Nova never failed to amaze me. It sure wasn’t one of the most expensive shows on TV for nothing, now was it?

    “Dude, I gotta be honest. Your mother scares the crap out of me.”
    -Monroe, from Grimm 2.01 “Bad Teeth”

  • DTV

    Hotel Hell was like watching Kitchen Nightmares except they added a bed and breakfast. Also watched GRIMM. I must admit it was pretty good.

  • GG

    @glover lol a Nikita fan. Have fun with Nikita’s low ratings this fall, its already a fail, its going to drop even lower. Its lucky that it airs on a fail network like CW.

  • Ricky

    @Josh: No pluses and minuses in my little system, but if I did, I’d keep SPN at a solid B. A better B+ for me would be Falling Skies, since it’s better than SPN and Alphas IMO but not quite good enough for an A.

    @John A: If you’re asking how many episodes of Grimm to date, it’s 23 (22 in S1). I wouldn’t be surprised if they raised the number of episodes for this season, though. Because otherwise they’ll either end it hella early (like in March or April) or they’ll stick us with a murderously long hiatus (in which case they at NBC will have learned ABSOLUTELY NOTHING from the disastrous failure of The Event.)

  • Oliver

    WoW Mike and Molly was CBS’s highest rated program last night.

    Wow, that is strange. People turning over from Stars Earn Stripes, possibly?

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