TV Ratings Monday: 'The Voice' & '90210' Down, 'Dancing With the Stars Up + Last Presidential Debate Numbers

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October 23rd, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.0/10 2.6/6 2.3/6 2.2/5 1.1/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share  3.6/10 2.1/6 x 1.7/5 1.0/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.244 11.265 7.90 7.444 2.717 0.927


Note: Last night’s Monday Night Football game (Lions/Bears) was simulcast on the ABC affiliate in Detroit. As a result, the ABC numbers may be a bit inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.

NBC was number one with adults 18-49, while ABC won with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice scored a 4.2, down six tenths from last week's 4.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,  Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars garnered a 2.4, up three tenths from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, MLB Baseball Playoffs scored a preliminary 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, but will definitely be adjusted in the finals.

On The CW, 90210 earned a 0.4, down two tenths from last week's 0.6 among adults 18-49. Gossip Girl was even with last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

The last Presidential Debate earned a 3.9 on NBC, a 2.8 on ABC and a 2.2 on CBS. However, national ratings for the Presidential Debate will be sustained by Nielsen as it ran without commercials.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, October 22, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice 4.2 11 11.95
ABC Dancing With the Stars: All Stars 2.4 6 13.20
FOX MLB Baseball (8-10PM) 2.3 6 7.90
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.1 6 7.75
CW 90210 0.4 1 0.95
8:30 PM CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 2.1 5 6.93
9:00PM NBC Presidential Debate 3.9 9 10.89
ABC Presidential Debate 2.8 6 10.29
CBS Presidential Debate 2.2 5 7.50
CW Gossip Girl 0.4 1 0.90

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," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore. * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.6/2; "Nightline," 1.1/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore. * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2). * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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    The problem is Big Bang Theory is already a hit. The post Super Bowl slot should be used for a brand new show emerging. It doesn’t always take off. I remember when Alias was used it had low post superbowl numbers but it took Grey’s Anatomy a good sized hit in its second season and turned it into a complete phenom. I remember end of Season 2 Denny death’s and the big buzz of Grey’s move to Thursday, wasn’t Grey’s the biggest phenom on television at the time. The early days of GA people were buzzing the cast’s chemistry was similar to the chemistry of Friends on NBC. Honestly Person of Interest is probably the second option. A slow starter for CBS ended up increasing viewership and its bubbling to be a bigger hit. Honestly its between these two shows which are second season shows that are waiting to explode. Not to be used for already big hits. They will never use it for Blue Bloods its a Friday night old skewing show or Hawaii 5.0 as its too low rated. 2 Broke Girls and POI IMO are the only options. Elementary is way too new for it and has it proved itself as a bursting at the seems ready to explode show.

  • CrimTV

    SpoilerTV have just reported that 5 scripts have been ordered for Guys With Kids by NBC!


    Also I noticed DWTS ratings going up I think Bristol exiting the series brought a little uptick since it was ridiculous she was on the show. Also honestly I loved the show at an hour. DWTS should only be an hour and half when they have lots of contestants and pare it down to and hour once they get to less contestants. Too much filler in between. The show was a great breeze watching it at 1 hour.

  • Jamie


    I don’t think I commented on anything from you? :S

  • scifi

    “SpoilerTV have just reported that 5 scripts have been ordered for Guys With Kids by NBC!”

    And what the spoiler is in this news?

  • Baaa!

    Revolution will prove Obama wrong about the need for more horses and bayonets! Go Twit!

  • Joseph A

    Normally I would have watched The Voice on Monday evening , for the last few weeks it been Major League Baseball !! , and looks to be that way for another week also :)

    Go Giants !

  • bsp

    Re: 8-8:30: Keep in mind that w/the CBS rerun, the other nets probably each claimed a share of the audience that typically would have watched a new ep of HIMYM.

    That said, I agree with the suggestion that DWTS would do better in a 1-hour format. ABC has been milking 4 hours out of DWTS on Mon./Tues., and it’s diminished the brand. Next week: 2 hrs. Mon., 1 hr. Tues.

  • gavin

    Max, you sad sad boy! I can only assume you were held captive and assaulted by some pervs in the hamptons. Or did Emily Van Campe not return any of your 1000s of calls and emails asking her on a date? Either way, you’re a fool, and so am I for doing the one thing you shouldn’t do to trolls, and that’s feeding them! Now get back under your bridge and go back to Touching yourself while looking at pics of Allison Janey!!

  • eridapo

    Vegas and Elementary just got full Season orders..


  • CrimTV


    SpoilerTV, despite their name are almost always spot on with their posts. And btw the post on SpoilerTV was via the Hollywood Reporter

  • Wendy

    In terms of the comedy block competition tonight, much as I enjoy “Go On”, I can easily see it placing third with “New Girl” and “Happy Endings” splitting the demo. “Go On” may have been doing decently but, and correct me if I’m wrong, both “New Girl” and “Happy Endings” skew younger, and HE seems like a cult hit (if not a hit in itself) with a loyal fan base. So “Go On” could be the odd show out, “The Voice” or no “The Voice” as a lead in.

    I do think “Apt 23″ will be low, though.

    Still, tonight will be interesting.

  • Alexis


    Sorry, I was on a different computer so I accidentally commented with the name “Joe”, where it was saved from older posts. It was me.

  • eridapo
  • richard

    hey guys, thats probably a max impersonator, so be cautious in what you say

  • Networkman

    If CBS chooses 2 Broke Girls after the Superbowl and it explodes and is a mega hit, will the network choose to move it to Thursday at 9pm next season to create a 2 hour comedy block. CBS will then know they are able to do better than the numbers Person of Interest garners @9pm on Thursday. 2 Broke Girls will completely destroy Grey’s Anatomy.

  • Billy


    Let’s not get ridiculous here. CBS is not moving 2BG to Thursday. CBS has barely enough sitcoms to survive on Monday. They did not move it to 9:00 to move it to Thursday. CBS has enough problems on Mondays. They cannot move another established show to Thursday.

  • John

    Damn the debates! I missed Revolution!!

  • John

    The only shows that should be considered for post superbowl spot are POI and 2BG. All the other older shows won’t bring in more viewers over the long run and the new shows like Elementary and Vegas will probably not be renewed for next season.


    CBS on fourth place in the demo???ASDFGHKL!!!

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