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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  • AlexFan

    So sad to see the poor CSI Miami tirade again, it is gone it won’t be back. I am happy H50 is holding steady. Monday night 10 is the toughest as far as competition of any night of the week. I don’t like Castle nor Revolution but I do respect their fans, yes I am a H50 fan. I firmly believe in my favorite show but I refuse to run down the others out of spite. People either like a show or they don’t, I respect their right to do so. If running down one show makes you feel better then that to is your right and I will respect that. Sadly there will always be a certain amount of people that are never happy with anything. Am I happy H50 did well yes, am I happy Castle fell slightly then to that I have to say no. We all like what we like and if things go wrong then someone will be happy and someone will be upset.

  • John

    Castle’s episode was great. This slide makes no sense at all. Lets see how Castle and H50 do after the hiatus when there’s no Revolution against.

    I’m already having Revolution pangs this week!

  • Chris

    @Emma–I’m not posting venom about other posters.

    @Castle is an odd failure–that’s an odd name–and an odd post, seeing as Castle is in its 5th season, and its first season was only 10 episodes. It’s been a flop in syndication, the book sales are irrelevant to ABC (and driven by insane shipper-fans, not mass appeal), the DVD sales have been poor, and your denial is most amusing. :D

    This show has never had a serious awards nomination. It is ignored by critics. It gets horrible HORRIBLE demo. And all of this in spite of every possible attempt to promote it, keep it in the same timeslot, with ABC’s best lead-in most of the season. It has had weak competition for most of its run, and has rarely won its timeslot.

    It’s an odd failure, yes–because it is a failure, and yet they keep it on. And ABC as a network has not been benefiting from this. ABC has been failing as a network. Because of shows like Castle.

  • HR

    To each their own, in terms of TV viewereship, but to call any show a failure or a network a failure for airing show that makes a significant amount of money (and whether you believe me or not it is significant) is laughable at best.

  • Ateofi

    @chris, in defence of the show i can say it had average ratings for season four – 2.4 and 10.5 milion viewers and in season three (when h50 started) – 2.5 and 10 milion viewers. Look at what is going on with this fall new shows of abc like 666 park arenie and “last resort” – they are both cancelled and they premiered with lower ratings than those of “castle”. Definitely “castle” is not abc biggest problem right now.

  • Cynthia


    Book sales ARE relevant to abc. Hyperion Press the publisher of Castle’s NY Times best seller series, is owned by Disney, who owns abc. All the same entity. It may fail to entertain you personally; but it is not a failure. And honestly, since when does a “serious award nomination,” equal quality. Do you think it might be Hollywood politics more than anything?

  • Chris

    Castle is a bigger problem than any of those shows, precisely because it’s been wasting their best lead-in. They should have axed it in season one, and kept going back to the drawing board until they found something that worked. This is why the broadcast nets are dying, and I’d lay good money ABC will kick it first.

  • Fakeem

    I need to see the previous ratings, but CBS @ 8:30 seems to rate poorly most weeks. They may as well burn off Partners over the holidays since ratings don’t mean as much now that sweeps is over.

  • Hmm

    @ Chris

    In the past DWTS may have been “ABC best lead in” but that is not the case anymore. Also go look at data Disney puts out, Castle brings them money. Castle is far from being ABC biggest problem. It will get a 6th season.

  • Chris

    @Cynthia–if Castle was canceled, the books would be the only place grieving fanfreaks could go, so sales could only go up. And the money from those books doesn’t amount to more than a drop in the bucket for Disney. It’s a promotional tool that has failed to expand the show’s audience, but has appealed mightily to the diehard fans, who watch the show as SHIPPERS–that is to say, the ‘romance’ on the screen substitutes for the lack thereof in their lives. Sad. :(

  • Chris

    @Hmm–no, it’s not their best lead-in anymore, and that means they threw away their chance to use it to make new hits on a show that has basically been a non-stop flop for most of its run.

  • Castle is an odd failure

    @Chris(Pisher?)-Oh you know you will see it next season for #6, no matter when it started its was enough for syndication.Its on ABC not CBS and its owned by its network so it will be back.Once again your definition of syndication flops is skewed as the numbers are average like its regular ratings and in my area Castle is on NBC/CBS affliate stations as well as TNT.Popular syndi flop.DVD sales are good for TV show DVD’s. The only shows that beat it have much better ratings like BBT etc. for a mid 2’s show it was last season it sold well, much better than H5O or The Mentalist in comparison.You amuse me too like moth that keeps hitting his head on that darn light bulb. Keep trying you’ll smash that bulb one day.One season you’ll be right hang in there.

  • Mike

    I think CBS hopes to get better Hawaii FO numbers during Revolution hiatus are gone. Hawaii dropped from last week, so Revolution had nothing to do with Hawaii’s nose dive this season. Not even one more viewer with no Revolution.

  • larrywitness

    How much more proof does ABC need to know that castle is a Dead show. Viewers have rejected it for over 2 seasons. Stick a fork in Castle.

  • Wendy

    To those blaming the lead in for Castle’s numbers, the show is now five seasons in in the same exact slot. People know where it is. This late, the show should be able to stand *without* a lead in.

    And ouch to Bones. Not great numbers overall, except for maybe HIMYM (and a 3.0 is low for them), the 9 p.m. 2BG, and The Voice.

  • Holly

    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?

  • Chris

    I’ve said over and over we’d see series-lows for Castle this season–but even I didn’t think it would happen this soon.

    Holly, your hopes shall quite certainly be realized in the near future. ;)

  • Baaa!

    @Mike-I agree.I think Revolution may have sped up drops in H5O and Castle a tad, but unless either CBS or ABC have lead-in advances in the 9pm, they best get used to the low 2.0’s as there best ratings.

  • Mike

    I don’t think Castle and Hawaii F0 should be compared . ABC is the Number 4 network , nothing to do with CBS. I don’t think they expect the same result for their shows. Plus Hawaii FO is probably 5 times more expensive than Castle. Imagine to fly all those guest stars each week to Hawaii, plus the acomodations . I say CBS expects more from Hawaii F0 that ABC from Castle. Probably abc is making more money with Castle than CBS with Hawaii.

  • Baaa!

    Chris it happens every season this time and under the same circumctances. Hiatus with low lead-in = season low. I will then be equally surprised when it recovers when week to week returns and then improves if its lead-in is any help this season. Looking at last year it wasn’t but it still recovered fine.

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