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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  • tv_viewer

    People should remember that Grimm is on NBC, whose standards for renewing a show based on its ratings are lower than Fox, CBS, and ABC. NBC is trying to attract new viewers for Grimm before moving it back to its regular day on Fridays. Even though Stars Earn Stripes is low rated, I see the logic of pairing those two shows together because they are likely male skewing. I don’t think Stars Earn Stripes will be renewed for next summer. NBC will probably try for a new male skewing reality competition show for summer 2013.

    To ensure the success of Two Broke Girls for the upcoming season, CBS smartly scheduled a repeat of their highest rated comedy The Big Bang Theory in front of a repeat episode of Two Broke Girls just as many colleges started their Fall Semester. CBS wants to make sure people get used to seeing Two Broke Girls in its new time slot.

  • Ron

    2BG grew nicely at 9pm last night but that was probably due to the fact that it aired out of BBT more than anything. My fear is Partners won’t do well enough in the 830 slot and will cause an overall drop for the night.

  • GARebelman

    Grimm has always had the worst lead ins. Chuck, Who do you think you are, Stars earn stripes yet ALWAYS grows out of it. Season is great so far creatively.

    Did Hells Kitchen hit a 3.0 last seaaon?? I don’t think it did. HOtel Hell is great by the way.

  • s0303

    considering grimm is airing at 10pm instead of its usual 9 pm, it’s going very well, especially considering this horrible lead in.

    2 broke girls beat tbbt…that’s kind of interesting…

  • Oliver
  • Dennis

    Grimm will do really well with The Voice lead in in 2 weeks…..
    It will probably even double its total viewers

  • RG-X

    Gordan Ramseys upcoming episodes:

    Tonite: MASTERCHEF repeat from last week 8/7c

    Next Week:

    TUES SEPT 4TH: HELL’S KITCHEN PT 1of 2 8/7c -then- MASTERCHEF PT.1 of 2 9/8c

  • rob60990
  • senor chang

    Note that Grimm is doing better than the Playboy Club did in the fall, FAR better than Awake/The Firm, around what Parenthood/SVU were doing in the winter, and only a touch below what Smash was doing post-Voice at the end of its run.

    I realize none of those (save for Playboy/Smash) are completely fair comparisons to make, but considering the awful position it’s in now and what other NBC shows did under better conditions, it is in no way fair to call it a bomb.

  • SarahL

    Grimm is doing fine. It is a niche genre show that attracts a certain segment of the tv viewership. Hopefully, the audience will follow it to Fridays where we need more of them to watch live and not only on DVR.

  • Potato

    @Mi– agreed. It’s like comparing “CSI” and “Psych” because they both solve crimes. Totally different tones, style, look, etc.

  • César

    Series high for The L.A. Complex, Woohoo! I hope get adjusted up in rating

  • Ram510

    Grimm is really getting a raw deal right now. Why did NBC bother putting it on Monday’s just to have it hide behind Stars Earn Stripes? What just to see how it does just in case they have to move it there if Revolution fails? I can’t think of any other reason

  • DTV

    Fingers crossed for LA Complex! Hoping numbers get adjusted up.

  • Petar

    Grimm is fine. But will survive only in friday and only in NBC or ABC networks. Not a chance for CBS or FOX to air this show. CBS dramas repeat in summer are all above 1.0 demo mostly 1.1-1.2. I mean with ZERO competition only 1.6 is too low even for NBC. If H5O was there even with crapy ABC(glass house or whatever) than you can say great for Grimm. NBC must thanks to CBS that they play “good boys” right now and repeats 12234 times even new shows like 2BG and POI and all others their hit shows.

  • Charlie Sheen

    L.A. Complex’s new timeslot is working for them already, good move by Marc Pedowitz.

    CBS repeats were really high this week, I don’t think there were any major NFL pre-emptions because there were no games last night.

    NBC really needs to go on ahead and pull Stars Earn Stripes and put another AGT repeat there. Grimm should’ve gotten its boost on Tuesdays behind AGT.

  • jRobnyc

    The way this is going NBC soon will be fighting with the CW for which one is the lowest in ratings. Geez, that’s bad. Some Cable channels have better ratings than that. Just saying it.

  • Petar

    By the way NBC idea of airing their shows in the summer without competition is not bad. So many cable shows are hits in the summer. But they ended in the fall. And Grimm will continue all year long. If can hold this ratings until may NBC can try this for all weekdays next summer. Of course i am not sure how economical is this but if works for NBC why not. CBS&FOX will stay off i am sure.

  • Petar


    NBC have Sunday@Monday sure wins! And good fridays and even tuesdays(Go on can be really good) So they are fine. Of cource CBS will crush them but CBS right now crush everybody.

  • Petar

    I mean Sunday&Monday(smile)

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