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.


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

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  • Oliver

    Stars Earn Stripes is only on for another week. No point in pulling it.

    I do wonder if NBC knew it would be a flop and the point of SES was to commission the most conservative show it could possibly think of to eliminate any accusations of liberal bias.

  • SarahL

    Ram510, NBC put Grimm on Monday nights temporarily to build its audience. I have had my reservations about the move, but so far so good, especially considering that Stars Earn Stripes has been a bust.

    Last night’s Grimm was another strong episode. Hank finding out the truth was an important development. I feel like the show is finally finding its feet. Hopefully, this continues when it is back on Friday nights.

  • MJDB

    I too enjoy both Grimm and Once Upon a Time. I would say I like Grimm a touch more though, but I really like Once Upon a Time, too.

    Out of 5 Stars:

    Grimm-5 Stars
    Once Upon a Time-4 Stars

  • GreenGreenGreenRed

    Grimm won its hour (albeit full of repeats), combatted a terrible lead in, and held steady. If it keeps this up (which it probably will), it should be fine for at least 2 more seasons.

  • Ike

    @Petar, you said, “[Grimm] will survive only in friday and only in NBC or ABC networks. Not a chance for CBS or FOX to air this show.”

    Are you just speaking theoretically or comparatively? The real reason there is no chance for CBS or Fox to air this show because shows very, very rarely jump to a new network in the U.S. due to success. (Or failure, for that matter.) I think this happens a lot more often overseas, or at least I’ve heard it happens a lot in the UK. But not here. I can only think of a handful of cases… let’s see… Project Runway, Doctor Who (maybe more natural of a jump because it’s an acquisition from a foreign country and not a U.S. production), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (many many years ago), some crappy heartwarming reality show on ABC… can’t think of much else. Interesting topic though.

    “And Grimm will continue all year long.”

    I don’t know about that… if there are just 22 episodes then I imagine the season finale will be in March. Too many reruns and pre-emptions otherwise. Unless they order 26 episodes instead of 22. They might have a big enough cast to do it. Four episodes all about the character Monroe would work. They could film them with a secondary unit at the same time as regular episodes.

  • tv#1

    That is still good for Grimm. The real test will be to see how it does when it goes back to Fridays. If it can achieve around the numbers it got last season than it will be fine.

  • The End

    Grimm is fine where it is at the moment and likely won’t be moved.

    However these numbers are okay for renewal. NBC isn’t expecting 50 bajillion viewers. Simply a show that performs, which this is.

  • jRobnyc

    @Petar thanks for that.

  • The End

    Ah forgot about Grimm being moved. Have the flu at the moment so not thinking clearly, my bad.

  • LMG

    LA Complex is like bizarro world of television ratings. Switch the night and gets series high.

  • Allen

    considering Grimm’s lead in, I think it does rather well.

  • Michael

    geniuses at nbc – geniuses!

  • Nate the Creep

    LAC gets to a series high on its new night? Gotta give Mark credit for that move.

    Stuff just shouldn’t air on the same night as Pretty Little Liars especially the huge summer finale tonight.

    Looks like Whitney will have to help out on Grimm on Fridays.

  • Dennis


    “looks like Whitney will have to help out on Grimm on Fridays”

    Ha thats hilarious…. Whitney is going to bomb this season! It probably won’t even crack a 1.0

    Grimm did really well last season with crap lead ins and yet it won it’s hour a good few times.

    Grimm has at least 2 more seasons after this one in its future

  • Allen

    Also, Mike and Molly getting a 1.7 just makes me sad.

    Really America?

  • Nate the Creep

    @ Dennis

    “Ha thats hilarious…. Whitney is going to bomb this season! It probably won’t even crack a 1.0″

    Ha that’s hilarious Whitney was cracking 1.6s most of the season and has already become the top comedy repeater on the network. So looks like the joke will be on you come October.

  • Ricky

    @Ike: Yeah, episodes focusing on Monroe would be great, ’cause he’s the best Grimm character, hands down. I would say do one or two in addition to next week’s episode with its promised “Monroemance.” :D

    But not four. There’s other Grimm characters who deserve their time in the spotlight too. Like Rosalee. And they have to bring back Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio too. Ditto for the Coyotl that Mark Pellegrino played last night. Since he’s a reformed Wesen like Monroe, he could be a valuable ally.


  • Dennis


    Whitney averaged 5.1 million viewers in season 1 on a THURSDAY night.
    Grimm averaged 6.35 million viewers in season 1 on a FRIDAY night.

    Whitney is being moved to fridays at 8…. it’s going to do awful!! Gona be funny to watch one of the worst comedies of the year BOMB

  • Ricky

    @NateTheCreep: Whiney can’t help anything. I’ve said this before on this site, but regardless of lead-in, I see Grimm continuing to survive on (relatively) mediocre ratings thanks largely to its incredibly devoted fans, just like Fringe and Supernatural.

  • KS

    I have got two questions?

    1. Wasn’t that Lucifer from Supernatural in yesterday’s Grimm episode?
    2. Is Kaylee from Firefly also in L.A.Complex(never watched this series, but have seen the posters)?

    Glad that Grimm is holding up good ratings. I am sure, it will go on for about 4 seasons.

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