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.


Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Billy


    Totally disagree on CBS. The Monday night CBS sitcom block has always been something special. CBS cannot be very happy with their shows all down about 20% this season. Lowest rated CBS Monday night ever to date.

  • Dillan


    The separate episodes would probably be:

    Special: 0.7
    Series Final: 0.8

  • Oliver


    Only NBC and ABC aired any unscripted programming, and everything barring The Voice was cheap holiday filler. It was either that or airing repeats.

  • gerry

    as someone who watched both, i can easily say that gossip girl at its worst was always better than one tree hill at its best. seriously.

    .7-.8 is where i guessed, so i was spot on. thought it was a great finale. loved the clip show and thought the last few minutes really kicked ass in alot of ways. good, good sendoff.

  • Rodri

    @Ben or @Amanda Kondolojy
    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!

  • r0ckmypants

    @Tony – Because ABC has the Charlie Brown specials that people actually care about: Great Pumpkin, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

  • Oliver

    …I forgot about the Gossip Girl retrospective, but I can forgive them that.

  • s0303

    good for gossip girl considering it was getting 0.3’s…

    1600 penn promos looked awful, not surprised it didn’t premiere very good considering it had the voice as a lead in

    2 broke girls didn’t do much better than the other cbs comedies…don’t watch the show, but several people have told me it’s not very good…

  • Vasco Silva

    Go Dan Humphrey!…. Errr.. I mean, Go Gossip Girl!

  • Wagner

    Very good for GG.

  • Lisa

    Good numbers for Gossip Girl! And it was a really good finale, too. I’ll miss that show.

  • Guy

    LOL @ anyone saying the Gossip Girl finale was “smart.”

    Please. No.

  • Liam

    Gossip Girl premiered to a 1.6 in the demo and 3.50 million viewers back in 2007 and getting a 1.4 and a 0.7/0.8 in the demo for the series finale after 6 season is good. Not great but good.

    In the finals will we get a breakdown of the ratings for GG for the retrospective at 8.00pm and for the finale at 9.00pm or will the ratings be included for the 2 hours only???

  • glover

    The final episode of Gossip Girl actually started at 8:54pm. We will get the separate numbers in the finals?

  • Robot

    The Voice skewed older than usual. In the beginning of the season it was getting 4.2 – 4.6 with 11.50 – 12.50 million viewers. And now with more than 13 million just 4.1 seems kind of dissapointing.


    How I Met Your Mother absolutely genius last night. 2 Broke Girls went down without the BBT repeat it was a great one hour episode. Honestly I am hoping CBS renews Mother for one more season. the Creator of How I Met Your Mother said it will either end this season or they will do a final ninth season. No matter what if its renewed next season will be the absolute final season of the show. Its had a great run on CBS. What is interesting to me is how high the ratings are for Mike and Molly. Mike and Molly is building out of 2 Broke Girls in viewers. Its a strong show for CBS. Mike and Molly will get a fourth season renewel for next year.

    The Voice did strong as it gears up for tonights big finale. I am predicting Cassadee to win. She did a great job on Over You and Cry. She is number 1 again on itunes. Blake I have to say is the best coach. He is able never overshadow his contestants plus he points them in right direction. Like Terry is great doing 80’s covers of songs and Cassadee is great in the country pop route. I don’t think she ever though country pop route ala Taylor Swift was where she would go. Anytime she does country anything it sells. The Voice might finally have a superstar winner in Cassadee and its awesome a girl will win a talent show which they never win. The Voice needs this.

  • senor chang

    that number for 1600 Penn could go either way. it COULD crash, but all things considered (holiday season, being a new show, maybe lack of promotion?) that’s a fair number. we’ll see how it does when it launches in January.

    surprised Hawaii 5-0 was down, you’d think having no competition + an improved lead-in would help it.

    great numbers for the Voice finale.

  • Liam

    ^^^ Just saw the updated table with the 8-10 hours split for GG. 1.5 million viewers still pretty good.

  • Brandy

    Gossip Girl did good considering it’s been as low as 0.3 this season, so 0.7-0.8 good.2Broke Girls did well too.

  • Ashley

    1600 Penn was God-awful!! I tried watching it and lasted about 7 mins or so and had to change the channel. It was beyond stupid and not even funny-stupid. If we get the breakdown for that 30 min show, I bet the last 15 mins plummeted. People like myself probably left the channel on after The Voice b/c we didn’t have anything else to watch and too lazy to search. But this show was so bad we had to change it. I bet this will be a quick pull of the plug for this show.

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