TV Ratings Monday: 'Hell's Kitchen' Cooks Up Season High, 'Grimm' Dips & 'Stars Earn Stripes' Tumbles

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August 28th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/7 1.6/4 1.4/4 1.2/3 1.1/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/7 1.1/3 1.4/4 0.8/3 0.8/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.455 5.723 3.670 3.950 3.976 0.761


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

On FOX,  Hotel Hell earned a new series-high 2.3 rating, up three tenths from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.  Hell's Kitchen scored a season high 3.0 18-49 rating, up four tenths from last week's 2.6.

On NBC, Stars Earn Stripes dipped three tenths from last week's 1.2, earning a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Grimm earned a 1.6 rating, down a tenth from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Bachelor Pad matched last week's 1.3 rating.

On The CW, The LA Complex earned a 0.3, flat with its last original

CBS was all repeats for the evening.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday August 27, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Hotel Hell 2.3 7 5.914
CBS How I Met Your Mother -R 1.5 5 4.934
ABC Bachelor Pad (8-10PM) 1.3 4 4.370
NBC America's Got Talent -R 0.9 3 4.156
CW The LA Complex 0.3 1 0.731
8:30 PM CBS The Big Bang theory -R 2.0 6 6.415
9:00PM FOX Hell's Kitchen 3.0 8 6.996
CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 2.1 5 6.539
NBC Stars Earn Stripes 0.9 2 2.969
CW America's Next Top Model -R 0.3 1 0.791
9:30PM CBS Mike and Molly -R 1.7 4 6.121
10:00PM NBC Grimm 1.6 4 4.724
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 1.1 3 5.164
ABC Castle -R 0.7 2 3.187

Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • 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," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.6/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/4 with an encore. 
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.8/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore) tied "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • Dennis

    Grimm is doing brilliantly so far this season, even with a flop as a lead in…
    It will get a boost on its last Monday airing with The Voice premiere as a lead in, before it moves back to Fridays.

    It will be around for at LEAST 4 seasons imo

  • Jeff (Canada)


    Or they’ll go the opposite route and air all the eps as quick as they can, for a February finale. That way they can launch a new show in February Sweeps.

  • Avery16

    Trolls gonna troll. Anyone who thinks, in their right mind, that GRIMM is anything but safe must be sniffing glue. The numbers are fantastic, especially with the lead-in it has. This is not a great time for movies or tv as school is starting up again, summer shows are still on. For GRIMM to bring in near 5 million viewers is really solid. It has a solid following that loves it and the writing and acting is superb.

  • Dennis

    @CC If Grimm says so consistent I could see it getting between 2 or 4 extra episodes….

  • Dennis

    In other news……LA Complex looks quite high in total viewers?! Looks like it could be a grower

  • scifi

    1.6 could be good for fridays, but not for mondays. even on nbc.

  • Dennis


    in the summer, with a lead in of 0.8 …. it would be good for any network

  • Peter

    Isn’t that a series high in total viewers for LA Complex?

  • ivy

    Why H50 so low? Do people just hate the show?

  • Mi

    @cc I love Grimm and OUAT, and don’t think these shows compete each other. They are in different networks and Grimm is more a fantasy horror show when OUAT is more a fantasy soap show.

    I hope Grimm gets adjusted up this week too.

  • ddddddddd

    If LA Complex doesn’t get adjusted down in viewers then this would be a seris high for the show! I’m crossing my fingers it gets adjusted up in viewers and rating.

    Maybe Tuesday nights on The CW really is a curse!

  • Holly


    Why H50 so low? Do people just hate the show?

    Anything over a 1.0 for a repeat is good.

  • Oliver

    Stars Earn Stripes is a complete bomb. Grimm is doing well: a 1.6 is very solid, especially given the lack of lead-in. Be interesting to see how it does on Friday in Fall.

    TBBT is a complete monster in repeats, lifting all the other CBS comedies. Hopefully NBC have learnt their lesson and realise that any comedies scheduled against originals in-season will be crushed.

    Fox’s Gordon Ramsey shows just keep doing better and better. Hell’s Kitchen got its highest rating in 18-49 since October 2010 (and that was in-season!). Fox must be delighted.

  • RG-X

    Ramsey scores big on Hell’s Kitchen & Hotels! –

  • Tessa

    Does anyone know why NBC is airing Grimm so early, and on Mondays? Is it to collect momentum before it goes back to its regular Friday slot in the fall?

  • Nick

    Yay for Hell’s Kitchen and Hotel Hell! I hope next week Hotel Hell can hold its own for its 2-hr finale, the first episode without HK or Masterchef.

    CBS repeated great. Even H50 is up a little. On the other hand, Castle repeated terribly :-(

  • dantas

    1.6 is great for Grimm!

    Is 700k a series high for LA Complex?

  • Nick

    Its finale last September got 3.5. I don’t know what you’re talking about.

  • K

    Grimm should do well, now that Hank knows about Nick’s “secret”.

    Fox, though, is the big winner. Smart move signing Gordon Ramsay. He has not fielded a lousy show on FOX, yet.

  • senor chang

    Stars Earn Stripes needs to be pulled now–horrible in the demo/viewers and potentially dangerous for Grimm. Considering the lead-in, Grimm is still doing very well for NBC, though. Hoping for an adjustment up in the finals.

    FOX executives must be dancing with glee right now. Gordon Ramsey to become host of X-Factor next season? :D

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