TV Ratings Monday: 'The Voice' Down, '2 Broke Girls', 'How I Met Your Mother', '90210' & 'Hawaii Five-0' Rise, 'Gossip Girl' Hits Season High, 'American Country Awards' Down

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December 11th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/8 2.5/6 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.4/3 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.4/7 1.9/5 1.4/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.578 8.367 3.705 5.118 5.600 1.091


Last night’s Monday Night Football game (Patriots/Texans) was simulcast on the CBS affiliate in Houston and the ABC affiliate in Boston. As a result, the CBS and ABC numbers may be inflated  and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.

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

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother earned a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating up 6% from last week's 3.1. 2 Broke Girls scored a 4.0, up 14% from last week's 3.5 among adults 18-49. A second new episode of 2 Broke Girls garnered a 3.9 versus Mike & Molly’s 3.1 last week in the time period. Hawaii Five-O notched a season-high 2.7 up 17% from last week's  2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Take these numbers with a football-sized grain of salt.

On NBC, a one hour episode of The Voice earned a 3.8, down 3% from last week's 3.9 adults 18-49 rating. The premiere of game show Take It All garnered a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating up 47% from a 1.5 for the debut of last year’s Who’s Still Standing on December 19, 2011 About 14% of you were dead on in your predictions.  Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays special earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating down 48% from a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating for last week’s Blake Shelton special.

On ABC, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating at 8PM, up 44% from last week’s 0.9.and a 1.5 at 9PM, up 36% from last week's 1.1. However, these numbers should be taken with a grain of salt due to football preemptions.

On FOX, the American Country Awards scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 30% from last year’s 2.0.

On the CW, 90210  earned a 0.6. up 20% from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating. Gossip Girl garnered a  season-high 0.5, up 66% from last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, December 10, 2012:

Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
NBC The Voice 3.8/10 12.15
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.3/9 9.05
FOX American Country Awards (8-10PM) 1.4/4 5.12
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 1.3/3 5.17
CW 90210 0.6/2 1.16
CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 3.3/8 10.38
CBS 2 Broke Girls 4.0/10 11.78
NBC Take It All 2.2/5 7.20
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 1.5/4 5.704
CW Gossip Girl 0.5/1 1.026
CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.9/9 11.484
CBS Hawaii Five -0 2.7/7 10.383
NBC Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays 1.4/4 5.752
ABC Castle - R 1.3/3 5.928

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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Mary


    The point is yesterday H50 wasn´t against any new episode of any other show… and the highest rating they had until now (this season) I believe is 2.3… yesterday was out of normal. I´m sure when the competition gets back, they will around those numbers again.

  • Sarah


    “@sarah why? it woould have just gotten another series low…”

    I’m not gonna get into last week, but you don’t know that it would have. And even if it did, I bet it would have done better than the ACAs. JMO though.

  • alexis

    @Honey Badger
    The winners of The Voice (S1 & 2) did well and had their number one on iTunes’ chart only when NBC aired the show. Look at the figures. They couldn’t sell records after winning the title.

  • matthew

    That was probably the best HIMYM episode so far this season it was hilarious

  • bluejays

    @Mary – yeah and a 2.3 last week for HFO, WITH competition was the highest ten pm show rating for CBS that week except for CSI. So your point is???????????????????

  • Honey Badger

    Posted December 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM
    @Honey Badger ”
    The winners of The Voice (S1 & 2) did well and had their number one on iTunes’ chart only when NBC aired the show. Look at the figures. They couldn’t sell records after winning the title. ”

    Yes, but this seasons singers songs are charting much higher on iTunes, and are staying on the charts longer. Cassadee Pope hit #1 twice, and she has a song that was #1 a month ago that is still in the top 50. I think she has staying power and is already a star.

    Cassadee Pope has the number 49 song on iTunes that was released on November 19, 2012 and today is December 11, 2012. She is a star. NBC must be very happy that The Voice singer is a star.
    49. Over You (The Voice Performance) – Cassadee Pope
    Over You (The Voice Performance) – Single
    Cassadee Pope
    Release Date: November 19, 2012

  • bluejays

    @Katie Bug.

    You’re so right. HFO drops as much as POI yet gets slated as if it is the only show that does. And POI is a nine pm show where the drops are usually way lower than those for ten pm shows.

    The fact is that there are people on this board who have been tying themselves into knots to hate on HFO no matter what it does. This season it started off really badly – lowest rated ten pm show for CBS I think, now it’s been the second highest rated for the last few weeks and clearly is doing better than a lot of their ten pm offerings and yet they still slate it.

    Last season when it was doing really well and only a lunatic could argue otherwise, the same suspects still slated it. They’ll probably be slating it in ten years time when its been off air for years. Because they’re either delusional CSI Miami fans or they’re nutcase Moonlight fans who can’t forgive Alex O’Loughlin for not actually being that bouffant haired vampire they fell for!

  • halloween

    its a miracle, Gossip Girl over a million viewers

  • AJ

    Why does EVERYONE assume that 90210 will either be cancelled after this season, or be given a shortened FINAL season next year? If the ratings happen to stabilize at a 0.6 or even go up to a 0.7 (which is what it was at for most of last season), it could just be renewed without next year being the final season.
    I mean, the CW could order a 13-episode season, but initially not as a final season, just as a basis to see how well it does next season and then if it continues to drop next season, call it quits. I mean, Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast (an awful show) are both only getting a 0.5 currently and if one of them is cancelled, GG ended and (lets face it) one of the midseason shows fails miserably, the CW could be looking for a slot to fill and they could choose to do this with 90210 (final season or not).

    Plus, glad HIMYM went up, it deserves it because last night’s episode was the best of the current season so far!

  • Marge

    Jeez bluejays, take a pill!. I am neither so you can forget that.

    Just saying it like it is. Honesty is brutal.

    Let’s keep in mind the dollars into this show, far more than the other shows and it’s not even close to pulling the numbers it should be or was forecasted to do

  • Burr

    Not for nothing, but anyone saying H50 dropped from huge lead in – ummm so does NCIS LA, POI, Elementary, Vegas etc etc etc.

    Jeez give the bashing a rest, sorry the numbers went up for H50 with no competition, so you couldn’t say “OMG look at H50 – no competition and it still sucked”.

    Can’t wait for the knives when the final numbers are released, if there is an adjustment because of football.

  • Ateofi

    Bluejays, you are right about h50, many comments lack minimum objective look. H50 is the only 10 pm show that rebounded by 0.5 in the demo since the premiere – that’s a lot. Usually when a show loses viewers it’s hard to regain them. Also, i see no other show, except Csi that would even come close to 2.3 on monday night with this competition.

  • Ateofi

    Marge, how do you know about the production cost of h50? First of all, h50 has much lower salaries for the main cast, secondly there are tax incentives for filming on hawaii. Also, the show has lots of sponsors like Chevrolet, Microsoft, hawaii Hilton etc.. So don’t worry about its profitability :)

  • sally

    my favorite show is Hawaii 50

  • RG-X

    Is it March yet? Mondays need “Revolution” –

    Looking forward to last “Parenthood” of the year tonite

  • Brandy

    AJ,, because the US ratings are bad and though it at times jumps to 0.5-0.6 that’s still not great ratings.Plus,AnnaLynne and Shenae have made noises since season about wanting to do other things,not liking thier characters sl ect. Plus, it has enough episodes for syndication.

  • Grey

    Easy win for “H5O.” I’m just saying – no competition.

  • RyanCanada

    Why wasnt M&M on?

  • r0ckmypants

    @AJ – You’re right; if 90210 stabilizes at 0.6-0.7, it will likely be renewed for a full season. The problem is that it’s not stable, let alone at a 0.6 or 0.7. Ratings for the past few weeks: 0.6, 0.4, 0.4, 0.5, now 0.6. Those ratings alone average to 0.5, which makes it a toss up for renewal. Considering the show’s age and likely rising expenses, it’s very feasible that it’s either canceled at the end of the year or given a final season next year.

    While numbers typically go down in the spring, it’s possible that The Carrie Diaries takes off and brings 90210 alone for the ride. In that case, you may be. Right now, 90210’s future is bleak either way: cancellation in may or final season in 2013-14.

  • AJ

    @ Brandy,

    I agree that the US ratings are the most important factor in deciding a show’s fate, but 90210 is not really doing that much worse than any other CW show is (except Vampire Diaries). I honestly think that out of HOD, BATB or 90210 (if they all have the same ratings), they would be more likely to renew 90210 over the other 2. As for Shenae and AnnaLynne wanting to leave, I don’t think they want out that badly.. Shenae mentioned not liking her character’s story arc in the 4th season, but that by no means meant that she disliked her character. I haven’t really heard AnnaLynne say too many negative things about the show or her character. Honestly, it would be in their best interest to stay with the show for as long as it is on the air..

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