TV Ratings Monday: 'Grimm' Down, 'Hell's Kitchen' Declines But Wins Night, 'Hotel Hell' Up, 'Stars & Stripes' Sinks in Second Week

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August 21st, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/6 1.3/4 1.3/4 1.3/4 1.2/3 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.7/6 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.8/3 1.2/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.665 4.127 4.379 4.956 3.209 0.528


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

On FOX,  Hotel Hell earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, up 5% from a 1.9 for last week's premiere.  Hell's Kitchen scored a 2.5 among adults 18-49, down 7% from last week's 2.7.

On NBC, the second episode of  Stars Earn Stripes garnered a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, up down 35% from last week's 1.7. Grimm earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 20% from a 2.0 for last week's premiere, but matching its second highest adult 18-49 rating since January 20, 2012.

On ABC, Bachelor Pad earned a 1.5 up 25% from last week's series-low 1.2. The Glass House earned a 0.9 among adults 18-49, up 29% from last week's series low 0.7. However, these numbers are likely inflated due to local market pre-emptions for NFL Preseason Football.

On The CW, Remodeled earned a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 0.1.

CBS was all repeats for the evening.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday August 20, 2012:

Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
FOX Hotel Hell 2.0/6 5.16
ABC Bachelor Pad (8-10PM) 1.5/4 4.78
NBC America's Got Talent - R 1.1/3 4.70
CBS How I Met Your Mother - R 1.2/4 4.20
CW Remodeled - R 0.2/1 0.58
CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 1.4/4 4.77
FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.5/7 6.17
CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 1.6/4 5.43
NBC Stars Earn Stripes 1.1/3 3.547
CW Remodeled 0.2/1
CBS Mike & Molly - R 1.5/4 5.31
NBC Grimm 1.6/5 4.90
CBS Hawaii Five-0 - R 1.0/3 5.01
ABC The Glass House 0.9/3 2.81

Via NBC Press Note:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • rob60990

    They’re too busy wasting AGT lead-in on reruns.

  • John A

    NBC Should have Grimm after AGT.

  • rob60990

    @Dennis, well The Voice premieres Sept 10th so Grimm will still air 2 more episodes after Stars Earn Stripes.

  • Sid

    Glad to see Hotel Hell rise, it’s actually pretty good.

  • Annonimous

    Yeah, Grimm starts awesome: 2 Grimm kickass, royal houses, coins. Showrunners really beafed up backstory.

  • Mi

    Grimm is not supposed to air after The Voice, only the first four episodes are supposed to air on Mondays and September 13 is the regular timeslot premiere IIRC. It’s not like Friday’s lead in will be much better, Communi and Whitney are both going to sink in Fridays IMO but as long as Grimm stays above 1.2 I think it’ll get renewed.

  • Samunto

    Poor NBC.
    The tiny fanbase of Grimm is loyal. But those numbers should not drop further. That lead-in is horrible.

  • Mi


  • Ricky

    @rob60990: Yeah, I thought the Voice lead-in was just gonna be used for Revolution.

    @Samunto: Would you wanna bet that Grimm becomes either the next Fringe or the next SPN?

  • Jerry

    Sticking Grimm on Mondays for a few weeks was always a strange idea to me. It had a dedicated fan base on Fridays and in a (somewhat) serialized show how do you expect to pick up new viewers?

    Had they done a one-off of the season premiere, advertised that the first season is out on DVD, and then started the rest of season two in a month or so that might have given new viewers who saw the premiere a chance to catch up. But with new episodes airing each week its daunting for anyone who wants to try and catch up.

    Just my thoughts!

  • tvwatcher

    Even though Grimm is not appropiate for 8pm I wonder if it would’ve done better starting out the night ? All the same it should do fine when 1st runs return to Fri next month.

    I too am wondering if NBC could experiment with Grimm at 8 pm, without ANY lead-ins. In its history of airings, has Grimm ever had a situation where it underperformed its lead-in? Yikes at SES dropping in its second episode from 1.7 to 1.1. For this August run, Grimm should have been at 8 pm and the creators told to tone down the blood and gore from the first few episodes.

    Anyway, last night’s episode of Grimm was excellent – hope the season continues to be just as good.

  • s0303

    @mi…exactly, whitney and community will suck as lead ins…however, like last year, that will pretty much guarantee grimm will be the highest rated friday show for nbc, thus practically ensuring renewal :)

  • Kevin

    Ouch at Stars Earn Stripes..I am pretty sure it is only running through Labor Day..the Voice returns on September 10th.

  • TVDude

    I still don’t think it’s that bad. Smash aired behind The Voice and couldn’t crack a 2.0 at the end of last season despite all that pre-superbowl promotion. I know Grimm got promoted this summer, but it’s following a flop, not a huge hit like The Voice. I think Grimm would hold onto the audience better than Smash, but right now, it’s building an audience instead of holding one. Who would have thought a 1.6 is a “tent pole show”? Say what you want, it’s a sad bright spot for NBC.

    If Revolution ends up doing similar ratings behind The Voice, NBC should move Grimm in this spot behind The Voice, because at least then NBC can eventually gain syndication money. I know the show has a long way to go, but if NBC can’t make another success might as well put up with what works for them.

    Although, I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for Revolution, because it’s the best looking drama NBC’s launched in years. I was even more impressed with this plot than The Event’s, which had a great start. With only 13 episodes, there’s a chance NBC can call it a success unless it drags it out to a full 22.

  • The End

    At this point, if you want a Season 3 of Grimm you should leave the show alone, and let it stand in that timeslot.

  • Amy

    Grimm second season is turning out to be so good! I wish the ratings would go up.

  • The End


    Grimms ratings at the moment are actually quite good, for NBC anyway. I can see the show getting renewed for certain if it keeps these numbers.

  • a p garcia

    Grimm had me on the edge of my seat last night, Too bad it has a louzy lead in!

  • Mike

    I can’t wait for Revolution. Getting closer ! YES!
    Grimm is doing ok, it improves the lead in, so not bad. It will be fine on Fridays

  • Observer

    I never thought the move to Mondays was good for Grimm. But I suppose they wanted to experiment. Worth a shot but now come back to reality NBC.
    It will do just fine on Fridays where the lower ratings will be perfectly acceptable. It’s a terrific genre show that will keep a loyal audience. They shouldn’t try to make it more than it is. And 10pm just sucks on a weeknight(Bingo)!

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