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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  • RG-X

    Dear CBS – little kids will be watching CBS during Rudolph tonite – don’t air a promo for your Victoria Secret show during that hour – and that goes double for anything from 2.5 men – kids do not need to see that!

    promote other kiddie shows or Christmas specials during that time – please!

  • Ateofi

    @john a, what hate fest for “castle” are you taking about? People are just commenting weak ratings for the show. I am also surprised it went down so much in demo and overall viewership. This show has very loyal and established fan base and with the weak lead in like dwts it still doing well. As for h50 not growing from m&m it was explained many times that lead in numbers are not the only thing that matters. The lead in must be compatible with the next show and since when is a sitcom compatible with action show? Why couldn’t “revolution” growing out of “the voice”?


    @ RG-X

    I agree. Even though Baby Bieber and Bruno Mars will be performing in the Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show, they shouldn’t promo it during Rudolph.

  • Marge


    It looks like Castle took a hit and viewers watched the Blake special instead, in my opinion, so H50 should have still seen an increase. Very disappointing numbers.

  • r0ckmypants

    Why can’t they show promos for the Victoria’s Secret fashion show during Rudolph? Is there something shameful about underwear? Do kids not know what panties are?

  • Chris

    Castle is in its 5th season. It has a syndication package (that will never be worth much). If it can’t deliver better ratings than this without a strong lead-in, it shouldn’t be in that timeslot–hell, it shouldn’t still be in production.

    ABC can’t produce DWTS non-stop, just to keep Castle afloat. The most entitled show on the air–never moved, always supported, heavily promoted, and this is all they’ve got to show for it. :D

  • Kourt

    Ratings for Castle tanked, we get it. It is what it is. Stop making excuses and playing the blame game. Move on with your life. Grow up people

  • Brian J

    I actually think CBS held up pretty well from last week. All of its original comedies are about a 3.0. There’s no other night on any other network that can boast that.

  • Ateofi

    @marge, i also hoped for the numbers to icrease.. Maybe this week there was some sort of inertia from last week for nbc. anyway i am very curious how the ratings will look in the next weeks. If they don’t improve that would mean that h50 or “castle” viewers that were lost don’ t want to come back. Hopefully it won’t happen.

  • Sarah


    What I meant was that I saw that a lot of people didn’t care for “Joke” so they probably didn’t watch last night, especially if they are a casual viewer.

  • thesnowleopard

    Awww, Castle, and that was a cute episode, too. Well, it is December….

    Speaking of December, two episodes left to go, ever, and Gossip Girl continues to plumb new ratings depths. Talk about going out with a whimper.

  • Cynthia V.

    Castle fans, all is okay. Data driven decisions are typically made on trends; not numbers from single episodes. And again, the rating system is a bit antiquated – you really have to wait until weeks end to analyze total viewership of a show. ‘Tis a busy time of year!


    @ r0ckmypants

    I’m thinking it may be too risque for “family hour” but that seems to be getting more blurred as time goes by. I saw them during TGW & H50 & see RG-X’s point.

  • r0ckmypants

    I was just being facetious… I know why people wouldn’t want promos at that hour, but at the same time the fashion show is no more sexualized than a lot of commercials and magazine ads.

  • Charlie Sheen

    Without DWtS in the picture the other networks didn’t really benefit so maybe it was the huge Monday Night Football game.

    A bit of a surprise that Blake’s variety program did that well behind The Voice. That was a good option for NBC to program. I think these are the numbers that NBC should expect behind The Voice on Mondays.

    EM: HE did real awful this show was dead already I have no idea why ABC brought it back. I thought Castle did a great job of growing out that low-rated lead-in and getting real close to 5-0 which needs to move Tuesdays at 10p.

    FOX killed the momentum that Mob Doctor had by cancelling it, Bones was higher this week and it probably could’ve kept growing.

    I believe Gossip Girl ends in a couple of weeks. I can’t see Carrie Diaries doing any better.

  • John A

    That Blake Shelton Special did better than Revolution with a smaller lead in.

  • chimpo


    Castle syndication deal with TNT is worth $1.5m per episode, so I think ABC Studios aren’t complaining.

    You know nothing and your only comments on Monday are about how bad Castle is. It’s all you do.

  • HR

    With ratings being down accross the board this year, Castle’s 1.7 was better than I expected it to be actually. The previous two seasons’s Castle also aired one episode in December after a week hiatus and received ratings of 1.9 (the lowest of each season) with viewership totals about 7.5 Mil with better lead-ins.

  • eridapo

    Why does ABC continue the practice of airing Castle’s fall finale with the weakest lead-in it could find?


    The Fifth Bullet 7.80M and 2.1 demo (lead-in Find My Family 5.23M and 1.5 demo). Episode was lowest rated for season 2.
    Last Call 7.63M and 1.9 demo (lead-in Modern Family repeat 3.343M and 1.1 demo). Episode was lowest rated for season 3.
    Cuffed 8.12M and 2.0 demo (lead-in You Deserve it 3.56M and 1.0 demo). Episode was lowest rated for season 4.

    So it does not surprise me why Castle’s numbers were down. I expected them to be down. The Fall finale airs in the First week of December and after a one week hiatus. The episode also airs with some type of Winter gimmicky show that ABC has because it has nothing else to air on Monday’s after DWTS is finished.

    ABC could have easily aired last night’s episode last week, but it didn’t.

  • cass rowland

    castle did pretty good considering its lead in

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