TV Ratings Monday: 'Bones', '2 Broke Girls' & 'Mike & Molly' Slide; 'The Voice' Dips & 'Castle' Hits Series Low

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December 4th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.5/9 2.7/7 1.6/4 1.4/4 1.2/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.7/8 2.0/6 1.5/4 1.2/3 0.7/2 0.5/1
Total Viewers (million) 10.979 8.919 3.812 5.301 5.751 0.917


NBC was number one with adults 18-49, and with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice earned a 3.9, down three tenths from last week's 4.2 adults 18-49 rating. Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas special earned a respectable 2.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, How I met Your Mother earned a 3.0  among adults 18-49, down three tenths from last week's 3.3. 2 Broke Girls scored a 3.5, down six tenths after last week's season high 4.1 among adults 18-49. Mike & Molly earned a 3.1, down half a ratings point from last week's season-high 3.6 adults 18-49 rating. Hawaii Five-O notched  a 2.2, down a tenth after last week's  season-high 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition earned a 0.9 at 8PM and a 1.1 at 9PM, both down after last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 premiere rating. Castle hit a series low 1.7, down three tenths from its last original's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Bones scored a 1.9, down half a ratings point from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. The Mob Doctor garnered a 0.8, down three tenths from last week's 1.1  adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, 90210 was even with last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating. Gossip Girl was also flat with last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, December 3, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 3.9 10 11.99
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.0 9 8.20
FOX Bones 1.9 5 7.26
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 0.9 3 4.23
CW 90210 0.5 1 1.04
8:30 PM CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 2.2 6 6.73
9:00PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.5 9 10.10
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 1.1 3 4.62
FOX The Mob Doctor 0.8 2 3.35
CW Gossip Girl 0.4 1 0.80
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 3.1 8 10.19
10:00PM NBC Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas 2.8 7 8.96
CBS Hawaii Five-O 2.2 6 9.15
ABC Castle 1.7 4 8.41

Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night (the New York market is
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  • eridapo



    ABC midseason schedule

    Tuesday, January 22
    8:00-10:00 p.m. “The Taste” (Two-hour Series Premiere)

    Tuesday, January 29
    8:00-9:00 p.m. “The Taste” (Regular Time Period Premiere)

    Tuesday, February 5
    10:00-11:00 p.m. “Body of Proof”

    Thursday, February 14
    8:00-9:00 p.m. “Zero Hour”

    Sunday, March 3
    9:00-11:00 p.m. “Red Widow” (Two-hour Series Premiere)

    Sunday, March 10
    10:00-11:00 p.m. “Red Widow” (Regular Time Period Premiere)

    Monday, March 18
    8:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”

    Tuesday, March 19
    8:00-9:00 p.m. “Celebrity Diving”

    Tuesday, March 26
    9:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”

    Wednesday, April 3
    8:30-9:00 p.m. “Suburgatory” (New Time Period Premiere)
    9:30-10:00 p.m. “How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)”

    Wednesday, May 1
    8:30-9:00 p.m. “Family Tools”

    So Basically ABC has given up on Tuesday Nights, Sunday at 10PM, and Thursday at 8PM.

    When one looks at this schedule, one realizes that none of ABC’s 10PM shows are in trouble (other than the already canceled 666 Park). Just a quick prediction “Red Widow” and “Zero Hour” will be cancelled before May….

  • AlexFan

    Money drives the market, TNT has already purchased the rights to H50 at over 2 million per episode, add in the 200 foreign markets and as Les Moonves (President of CBs) has said it’s a billion dollar franchise. CBS owns H50 and yes it may be expensive to bring in guest stars but the salaries of the 4 stars is minor compared to other shows so it brings the cost down, then factor in their major corporate sponsors, MicroSoft, Chevrolet and Hilton Hawaii and the fact they use local talent makes the show profitable

  • camela

    @Mike..do you know what a share is?? 2.0 is the rating share not the number of viewers in millions. Ratings share based on 18-49 which is the coveted age group.

    NBC 2.7/8
    CBS 2.0/6
    ABC 0.7/2
    CW 0.4/1

    Networks aim for anything above a 2.0. Any show under 2.0 on a regular basis could be in danger.

  • Mary

    People say lead-in doesn´t count, IMO it does…
    For me, the 8M viewers Castle earned are the die hard fans, the ones that always watch it no matter what. When you have a good lead-in, usually people that are watching it stay and end watching the next show… Personally, that´s how I discovered Castle, I was watching a show I liked and stayed tunned after its end, Castle came next, I watched it and got hooked. It was middle season 2, so I bought the DVD(s) and watched from the begginning. When the lead-in is week (wich was the case yesterday) and nobody is watching the network, the ones that are tunned in another channel that may have watched Castle before don´t remember to switch, especially if there was a 2 week hiatus…
    Anyway, after reading some news about upcoming episodes yesterday (too many knots being tied), I´m convinced this will be the last season of Castle, so I don´t care about the ratings anymore:)
    I´m sad about that, as I´m a huge fan, I love the chemistry between NF and SK, that can´t be worked, it´s so natural, the kind of you have or you just don´t…
    In another note, do you still read what trolls like “Chris” write? When I see his name, I just go further, don´t even bother reading:)

  • Joseph

    ESPN’s “NFL Monday Night Football” game last night (December 3rd) drew one-third more viewers than any broadcast show.

    Next Monday (December 3rd), “MNF” has it’s biggest matchup yet this year: Houston vs. New England in a potential AFC Championship Game preview.

    I think that game could draw up to 20 million viewers (perhaps being a cable record), and would likely draw double the viewership of any broadcast-network show that evening.

    I wonder if the broadcast nets (except for NBC’s live “Voice”) might pull first-run shows and concede the night to ESPN??

  • camela

    New numbers out, H50 adjusted back up to 2.3 and blake shelton show adjusted down.

  • silvit


    You are not the only one. :D The fans grasping at straw brings the funny. And the ones who trash Bones despite that show doing better just because they are similar shows is lol-worthy especially considering that Castle is a (bad) copy cat of it, an already mediocre show.

    I hope we can bring the pop-corn comes January. :-)

  • sam

    I thought that Bones was very moving last night. Castle was not very good–why make such a fuss about Christmas and then have only a minute in front of the tree for Castle and Beckett at the end? Santa plot was tired and boring–what happened to the funny part of the new relationship? Sorry, but I am also tired of everything being related to her mother’s murder. Can this show move on?

  • John A

    @Chris/Pisher what other shows on ABC are doing well in syndication? None and 0.3 and 0.4 cant be a flop.

  • CenterGravity


    I believe a rating point represents 1.265 million viewers in that demo.

  • camela

    @CenterGravity….That is not really how it works but it can be confusing. For example Castle can sometimes have more viewers then H50 but have a lower rating share. A rating share is based on the conveted age group of 18-49 for advertisers. I guess Castle appeals to an older demo for some reason.

    I dont know, I like both shows and if they were on different nights I would watch castle but H50 is my fave so I watch that instead.

    H50 had a 2.3 share this week with 9.3 million viewers so the 1.2 million per share would not add up. It is explained on this site how they figure the share numbers.

  • Jayme

    Does anyone thing Castle will get pulled?

  • Holly


    No one sane.

  • thesnowleopard


    “How evil does it make me that part of me kind of hopes Castle hits a new low in January just so I can watch this train-wreck of a thread happen again?”

    Puppy-kickin’ evil, I swear. And a part of me kinda wants to sit next to you and pass the popcorn. And I *like* Castle, but yeah, this thread is pretty entertaining…and will have absolutely no bearing on the show’s survival whatsoever.

  • Cj morton

    Castle :( please stay renewable!!!! Best show!

  • 1

    Even without Revolution as competition, H50 is barely scraping by. If it didn’t have a syndication deal, it’d be in big trouble because of the high production costs. Castle is always low at this time, but that doesn’t give a veteran show any excuse to get those ratings.

    2 Broke Girls at a 3.5. I just don’t get it.

  • 1


    How evil does it make me that part of me kind of hopes Castle hits a new low in January just so I can watch this train-wreck of a thread happen again?

    The train-wreck threads will happen no matter what over Castle vs H50; Revenge vs Scandal; TSC vs rest of The CW. No need to hope that Castle goes even down in ratings.

  • psychic

    Maybe if CBS brings back “I Love Lucy”….
    Not going to finish that thought.

    On a secondary thought, how many people involved with I Love Lucy are still alive?

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