TV Ratings Monday: 'Gossip Girl' Up for Series Finale, 'How I Met Your Mother', 'The Voice' & 'Mike & Molly' Up + 'Hawaii Five-0' Dips

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December 18th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/8 2.9/8 1.4/4 1.2/3 1.1/3 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.4/7 1.2/4 1.1/3 0.7/2 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 9.811 9.318 3.647 3.311 4.837 1.417


Last night’s Monday Night Football game (Jets/Titans) was simulcast on the ABC affiliate in Nashville. As a result, the 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, a special one-hour How I Met Your Mother earned a 3.4, up two tenths from last week's 3.2. 2 Broke Girls scored a 3.5, down three tenths from last week's 3.8 among adults 18-49. Mike and Molly garnered a 3.3, up two tenths  from its last original's 3.1 two weeks ago. Hawaii Five-O notched a 2.4, down a tenth from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating

On NBC, The Voice performance finale earned a 4.1, up three tenths  from last week's 3.8 adults 18-49 rating and also up three tenths from the last performance show of the previous cycle. The debut of 1600 Penn earned a 2.3. Your predictions were a little optimistic. Take It All garnered a 1.5, down seven tenths after last Monday's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating but up from last Friday's 1.1 .

On ABC, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating at 8PM, down three tenths from last week’s 1.3 and a 1.2 at 9PM, even with  last week.

On FOX, the Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury  scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, the series finale of Gossip Girl garnered a  0.8, up two tenths from last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were about right. The Special preceding it earned a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, December 17, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-9:30PM) 4.1 11 13.20
CBS How I Met Your Mother (8-9PM) 3.4 9 8.66
FOX Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury 1.5 4 3.90
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 1.0 3 4.24
CW Gossip Girl Special 0.6 2 1.33
8:30 PM FOX Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas -R 1.5 4 4.02
9:00PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.5 9 10.16
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 1.2 3 4.88
FOX Happiness is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown -R 0.9 2 2.66


 Gossip Girl 







9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 3.3 8 10.80
NBC 1600 Penn -P 2.3 6 7.19
10:00PM CBS Hawaii Five-O 2.4 6 10.29
NBC Take it All 1.5 4 4.51
ABC Castle -R 1.1 3 5.40

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," 2.6/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/7; and "Jimmy
Kimmel Live," 1.5/5.  

*	In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3;
"Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

*	At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 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" (0.3/2).

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25
markets with local people meters.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.


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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Oliver

    Ouch for 1600 Penn given the lead-in. That’s going to crash and burn.

  • Jorge

    WHy couldn’t GG do better? That finale was totally perfect. Oh well, not like the ratings matter in the end.

  • CrimTV

    Well i’m happy with a 0.7! Either way it’s only a tenth below OTH’s finale last season and considering the season started at 0.3’s/0.4’s. Slightly shocked at 1600 Penn’s low numbers

  • John A

    GG did ok in Viewers but not great in demo.

  • r0ckmypants

    I actually really liked the Gossip Girl finale… the reveal of Gossip Girl was surprisingly smart.

    Not terrible for 1600 Penn, but with a Voice lead-in I’m sure NBC expected better.

  • Oliver

    Also, The Voice ran until 9:31, so 1600 Penn is likely to be adjusted down.

  • Adien

    Good showing by CBS but reality is killing TV in general. It was practically ALL reality last night on networks

    And they wonder why network viewership is down and keeps going down

    Go figure!

  • Mike

    Not even 10 mil for HIMYM and it was a moment that a lot of people have waited for (no, we didn’t meet the mother) a long time.

  • Jamie

    The actual episode of GG scored a 0.8.

    That 0.7 includes the retrospective figure.

  • John A

    Im glad that GG didnt beat OTH finale.

  • Monica

    Need more Monday night wins for CBS, but not bad. Hawaii fell by .1, but it’s still doing a lot better than it was in the beginning on the season. I’m also enjoying this season so much more than I did season 2!!!!

  • CrimTV

    BTW the half hours for Gossip Girl via Mark Burman are:

    0.6 / 0.7 / 0.8 / 0.8

    So if i’m not mistaken the 9-10pm part was the actual episode, right? If so the episode itself scored a 0.8, which is great

  • Dillan

    So it got a 0.8 from 9-10? I think that’s very good considering the season started with 0.3/0.4’s. The final was great too! :D

  • Tony ^_^

    I don’t understand why Charlie Brown specials do well on ABC but awful on FOX… O.o

    “1600 Penn” didn’t do that well… :o

    Though down from last season, CBS has to be content that their sitcoms have yet to fall under a 3.0 and 2 of them are getting 10+ million viewers…

  • ABC hater

    1600 Penn flopped. :/

  • Fake Me Out

    NBC should have done us all a favour and given 1600 Penn the Next Caller treatment. We must have all been naughty this year to get this lump of … lets say “coal” … in our stocking. Whoever gave this the greenlight should be taken out back and beaten. When the aliens attack I’ll be rooting for the aliens. Perhaps then we’ll have Pres. Will Smith & VP Goldblum in a buddy comedy which may in fact be funny unlike this mess. I don’t want to say this was ugly but I’ve seen day old road kill look prettier. This was an insult to anyone whose age and/or IQ is above 10. And incase I’m not being clear, this show was bad … as bad as anything I’ve watched in the last few years … I shall now start to drink heavily in the hopes the alcohol will destroy the brain cells that hold my memory of this turd.


    Worse?! How could things get any worse? Take a look around you, Ellen! We’re at the threshold of hell!!” — Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase)

  • Emily

    While GG’s finale ratings are kind of sad considering how they started, it shows the fans at least did care about the end, considering that it nearly doubled from the rest of the season, lol.

    As for the episode itself, I really did love it. It was a nice ending to the last six years.

  • Rodri

    This is wrong! the ratings should be apart!! First hour was a special! the finale was on only at 9!! Please post the separated ratings! I know the actual episode did good!

  • Dodge Hickey

    Hoped Himym would go up, solid episodes last night

  • Ram510

    Wow at GG

    And I’m actually surprised HIMYM isn’t higher. But still really good. I bet it’ll be a 3.5+ when it comes back in January

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