TV Ratings Monday:'Grimm' Down, 'Hotel Hell' Falls, 'Bachelor Pad' Rises, 'Stars Earn Stripes' Finale Hits Series Low

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September 4th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.4/4 1.3/3 1.1/3 1.1/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.8/2 0.7/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.359 3.502 4.627 4.088 3.443 0.708


FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49  while CBS was on top in total viewers.

Labor day impacted ratings, with most shows down from last week.

On FOX, Hotel Hell earned a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating  at 8PM. A second episode, airing in the show's regular 9PM time period, earned a 1.7n among adults 18-49, down 29% from last week's series high of 2.4.

On NBC, the two-hour finale  of  Stars Earn Stripes scored a series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 10% from last week's 1.0. Grimm garnered a season low 1.4 among adults 18-49,  down 13% from last week's 1.6.

On ABC, Bachelor Pad  earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating,  up 8%  from last week's 1.3.

On The CW, The LA Complex  matched  last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday September 3, 2012:

Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
FOX Hotel Hell 1.8/5 4.45
ABC Bachelor Pad (8-10PM) 1.4/4 4.44
CBS How I Met Your Mother - R 1.3/4 4.55
NBC Stars Earn Stripes (8-10PM) - finale 0.9/2 2.88
CW The L.A. Complex 0.3/1 0.77
CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 1.8/5 5.79
FOX Hotel Hell 1.7/4 4.27
CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 1.5/4 5.05
CW America's Next Top Model - R 0.3/1 0.65
CBS Mike & Molly - R 1.2/3 4.57
NBC Grimm 1.4/4 4.56
CBS Hawaii Five-0 - R 0.8/2 3.90
ABC Castle - R 0.6/2 3.38

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," 2.0/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.7/4 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.5/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.1/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.8/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 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 "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.8/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore) 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 0.2/2 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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  • Lance

    I can just hear the exec @ NBC now, “Hmmm … a reality show with a “salute to our military” theme … add a Palin to the mix for some controversy … that’s always good for some press … then promote it heavily during the Olympics … how can it fail???” THUD!!!

    Somebody at the network should be losing their job over this fiasco. Instead, they probably got a bonus.

  • Steve Harvey Ugly


    Go Mark Pedowitz you will get that low rated network turned around 2-4 years from now.

  • RG-X

    Even on holidays – Ramsey wins – I see why Fox held the 2 more popular shows for tonite – HK & MC – Hotel Hell was a nice replacement for a holiday and still had something new to show.

    Tonte the finals begin – can’t wait!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Indeed Silvio is correct and nbc.com/schedule is > than NBC’s PR machine, but here’s the release (which we’ll post separately too) noting the change:

    9/4/2012 02:56


    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – September 4, 2012 – NBC will add a series preview of its new comedy “The New Normal” on Monday, September 10 (10-10:30 p.m. ET) following the season premiere of “The Voice” (8-10 p.m. ET). “The New Normal” will premiere in its regular day and time on the following night – Tuesday, September 11 (9:30-10 p.m. ET) – with a new episode.
    In addition, the preview pilot of the series will have an encore broadcast on Wednesday, September 12 (10:30-11 p.m. ET), giving “The New Normal” three consecutive days of broadcasts.
    These days, families come in all forms – single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors… It’s 2012 and anything goes. Bryan (Andrew Rannells, “Girls,” “The Book of Mormon”) and David (Justin Bartha, “The Hangover”) are a Los Angeles couple and they have it all. Well, almost. With successful careers and a committed, loving partnership, there is one thing that this couple is missing: a baby. And just when they think the stars will never align, enter Goldie (Georgia King, “One Day”), an extraordinary young woman with a checkered past. A midwestern waitress and single mother looking to escape her dead-end life and small-minded grandmother (Emmy and Tony Award-winner Ellen Barkin), Goldie decides to change everything and move to L.A. with her precocious eight year-old daughter. Desperate and broke – but also fertile – Goldie quickly becomes the guys’ surrogate and quite possibly the girl of their dreams. Surrogate mother, surrogate family.

    Ryan Murphy serves as creator/executive producer and director along with creator/executive producer Ali Adler (“Glee,” “Chuck”) and executive producer Dante Di Loreto (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”). “The New Normal” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ryan Murphy Productions.

  • Michael

    I could see LA Complex getting renewed for another season next summer. The show isn’t a hit, but it’s consistent & not costly.

  • Oliver

    So NBC are showing the second episode of The New Normal following Go On?

    NBC’s scheduling is such a confusing mess.

  • Ultima

    So NBC are showing the second episode of The New Normal following Go On?


  • PHIL

    @Lance Stars Earn Stripes is a great concept but they needed younger contestants and sponsorship from game companies.

  • debsafan

    NBC is run by a bunch of idiots. If they had left Grimm on Fridays it would have been alright. At least they are going to give it a fighting chance by putting it back on Fridays. I’d hate to lose Grimm because of the powers that be dont’ know how to run a network.

  • Petar

    Good move from NBC. Really dump to waste The voice premiere for friday show. But i agree its mess, but created from NBC. Why they desided to put Grimm there in the first place? Bad decision making?

  • Ultima

    NBC is run by a bunch of idiots. If they had left Grimm on Fridays it would have been alright.

    Grimm’s ratings are up ~13%… in the summer!

    I seriously don’t get all of the complaining. How does more people seeing the show hurt the ratings? Sure, they’ll have to extend the episode order or end the season a bit early, so what? Are people not aware of how bad NBC is doing, especially when it comes to dramas? They have a grand total of two dramas that aired in 2010-11 that are still on the air. If Grimm averages at 1.4 (maybe less) on Friday, it’s essentially a lock for at least four seasons…

  • xRockStarz

    Just Off-Topic, but do you really think CW has still a chance to get better ratings? I mean the contract with the CW-affiliates ends 2016 and Mark Pedowitz needs to get more hits till then?! I hope that Mark will make it, but realistically, is that possible?! I hope it, because I have 3 of my favourite-Shows on CW and I dont want the network to close…. Which rating-average needs CW to go on? 1,5? 1,0?

    Sry 4 my englisch, i live in europe. :D

  • Kaylie

    L.A. Complex is doing good.

  • Getmilk

    Hoping The LA Complex doesn’t get adjusted down because that would mean a series high. Hope it continues to do well to get picked up for another season. I LOVE this show!

    Here’s a preview for next week’s episode:

  • rob60990

    The LA Complex is not doing good. UGH. lol. A series high of not even a million viewers isn’t the slightest bit impressive.

  • Getmilk

    rob60990: that’s true. But hopefully more people will be able to tune in and discover the show on its new night and time. I’ve read on Twitter and Facebook about lots of viewers missing the show because they were under the impression it still airs on Tuesdays.

    This show is performing slightly poorer than The Next on The CW but probably cost considerably less. If it came down to those two for renewal, I hope The CW chooses The LA Complex.

    The Next is such a flop show so far. Will they have live shows as well? Maybe it’ll do better. Doubt it.

  • K

    Grimm is not on next Mon. NBC is going to show the “New Normal” so I was correct when I mentioned it was coming back Sept 28:}

  • SarahL

    I don’t get the complaints about Grimm airing on Monday nights either. The show has done well considering everything.Yes, a ton of people don’t watch it, but is a good sci fi show pulling a solid 18 to 49 demo on a Friday night. If some extra Monday night viewers follow Grimm to Friday nights and watch live, then this experience will have been a major success as it would stave off any naturally occurring attrition.

  • Christina

    … The L.A. Complex can be hit… look at Buffy, The Vampire, Slayer… they said, it didn’t become popular, until later on in the season.

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