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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  • Dennis

    Also, Community is Grimms lead in, not Whitney

  • Aidan

    Well lets not forget we do have Community on in front of Grimm so even if Whitney stacks in 4-6 million viewers its not going to help Grimm because it airs 30 minutes after it goes off but Grimm is a self starter so it’ll be alright.

    Whitney will do surprisingly okay in my honest opinion.

  • Dennis


    It was Mark Pellegrino aka Jacob from Lost.
    He played Lucifer in Supernatural (i think) but i haven’t watched Supernatural since it went downhill so I’m not entirely sure.

  • Dennis

    @Aidan Whitney will be lucky to get 3 million viewers imo…

    I’m calling it now. It will get cancelled

  • Aidan

    @ KS

    2. Yes, Jewel Staite who plays Kaylee in LAC was on Firefly and Serenity. She’s amazing on LAC.

  • Aidan

    @ Dennis

    Come on now 3 million? You’re just trolling now and being a hater of that show. It was already getting close to 3 million in repeats.

  • JJA

    It will be interesting to see Grimm’s numbers when it returns to Friday. Personally, I don’t anticipate too much of a drop (if any).

    Also, the comparison between Grimm & OUAT is silly. The shows are completely different. Personally, I always felt Grimm was an attempt by NBC to recreate Supernatural.

  • Dennis

    @Aidan lol I am not trolling…

    It averaged 5 million in season 1 in a great timeslot…now its been moved to fridays at 8..

    3 million is a decent guess actually.

  • Nate the Creep

    Hey Dennis be on here October 20th so I can see your reaction when Whitney does better than you expect it to. Somebody’s gonna feel so salty and wrong.

  • Dennis

    @JJA if anything I can see Grimm doing even better on Fridays this year then last year.

    No Supernatural and after Christmas, no Grimm.

    It will be the only genre show of the night..

  • Dennis


    Doubt it

  • Aidan

    @ Dennis

    Must’ve been some great timeslot if it was doing way better on Wednesdays with no help than it did with help on Thursdays.

    3 million is a dangerous guess, too low and too inaccurate.

  • Dennis


    I’m sticking with it…
    the season average will obviously be higher then 3 million…
    maybe 4.2
    But in the fall especially, its ratings will plummet.

  • Oliver

    Whitney was the biggest beneficiary from unexpectedly weak Idol ratings last season (Idol fell from 7.0 in 2010-11 to 4.0 to 2011-12). It will be interesting to see how it does next season.

    I suspect Whitney will be moved back to Wednesday before it premieres, after Animal Practice bombs.

  • Allen

    Whitney – 1.5-1.7
    Community – 1.3-1.6
    Grimm – 1.5-1.7

    Just a random guess, but that will be the averages for Friday.

  • Dennis

    @ ALlen your guesses for Whitney and Community imo are well off..

    Both with be lucky to get a 1.4 for their premieres

  • ray

    @ Oliver: I’m very interested to see how Whitney does away from Idol it did like 6 million the first week it moved there then stayed between 4-4.5 million once Idol came back the following week.

    That looks about right Allen, that would be my guess as well.

  • JJA

    @Dennis–I don’t know about the Fringe fans, but I’m not too sure too many of the remaining “hard-core” Supernatural fans will suddenly start watching Grimm on Fridays.

    Personally, I’m glad I have a DVR. Grimm & Nikita are both on at the same time.

  • Dennis

    @JJA I’ve seen alot of Supernatural fans saying they are going to watch Grimm on fridays now….

  • Allen

    @ Dennis.


    Whitney will do better than expected and Community has a cult following that will keep it afloat.

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