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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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com 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!

    Indeed you are correct. My initial source had the Gossip Girl finale listed as a two-hour single episode, but the special and the episode have been separated now. Thanks!

  • Ben Thompson

    Surprised Gossip Girl went out with some dignity.


    The Voice always starts higher in the blind auditions as last season the show puttered out. This season the viewership the ratings are getting higher. Its between Terry/Cassadee tonight and I really liked Nicolas too. I loved all three contestants. This season was a great Voice season. It vastly improved from the previous seasons with the steal, the knockouts and much longer live show rounds where the viewers got to know the contestants alot better then the other seasons. Great job NBC for a great season of the Voice. Now I wonder how the dynamic will change with Shakira/Usher. Adam Levine has already said the chemistry is way different with them as they are taping the fourth season of the Voice. Honestly I need a break from Christina Aguilera she was just so RUDE this season. She was so bitter cause her team was made up of mini me Christina’s, she gave her contestants poor song choices and then she dogged all of Adam’s contestants. She was really really rude to Amanda Brown. I don’t know what it was but Christina is rude. Anyone agree she comes off as a mega DIVA?

  • andrea

    We were clearly not watching the same show. At least oth tried to have some realism. GG just lost it and didn’t even tried to get it back

  • dan

    GG numbers will be separated in the final numbers? because it was a special and final episode and not a two-hour episode.

  • John A

    Ah GG tied OTH finale. Thats not fair but considering GG was at 0.4 for most of the season its impressive.

  • bluejays

    HIMYM has really low overall viewers for the prime time its on. Good demo though, stopped watching it a while back personally as got bored of it.

    I wonder if 2BG’s was down due to the up Voice? But then M&M went up but it wasn’t on last week so hard to compare like for like between them both.

    I’ll take that 2.4 for HFO. It will likely put it first or second for the week at ten which is good.

    I thought 1600 Penn would do better than that. It’s gonna die without that massive lead in!

  • buttondiet

    0.8 is great for Gossip Girl and the CW.

  • Brian

    If the exec’s at NBC had any brains they would add more family oriented sitcoms to their schedule. It looks like it’s working well for ABC. Sitcoms seem to do better when Mom & Dad can sit down with their children and watch together.

  • Ateofi

    @senor chang
    Actually h50 had weaker lead in than last week’s 2 broke girls which had 3.8 ratings. Mike and molly had only 3.3

    Also “the voice” is a beast, without it nbc will nose dive in the ratings.

  • Californiadgd

    1600 :(((((

  • Winston Mize


    teen drama series finales go IMO, The O.C.>SMALLVILLE>Veronica Mars> Gilmore Girls>OTH>Gossip Girl

  • BrieK

    Take It All was such an icky show to air around the “Season of Giving”. Glad it’s over and its ratings were not impressive.


    1.0/1.2 EMHO, Castle 1.1 & numbers may be inflated? OUCH

    GG did it for the CW & a fond farewell it is

    Dragons wasn’t exactly a Dreamwork for FOX, 0.9 not bad (considering) for CB

    The Voice again sings loudly for NBC, but 1600 Penn hardly heard

    Sitcoms & H50 win night for CBS w/ 3.1 avg–WTG!

  • Khan

    GG should have had 13 episodes! 0.8 is pretty great!! Maybe it’ll adjust up??

  • bluejays

    @Ateofi. The Voice is indeed huge! CBS must have been on drugs when they decided to move 2.5 men to Thursdays. it did nothing to boost that line up. POI is doing same as last year and Elementary is falling most weeks (with an up tick last week). And it left their Monday comedy line up horribly exposed, when it faces one of the biggest shows on net tv. A really dumb decision.

    In fact they’ve made a few this year. Why the hell they’re showing Elementary after the Superbowl instead of POI or 2BG’s I don’t even know!

  • JJA

    Very good episode of GG last night. It had heart, levity, sillyness and a clever/deeper meaning if you scratched below the surface–exactly how it used to be in seasons 1 and 2 (and the first half of season 4).

    Had the GG writers used care and delivered more episodes like that, GG would have never fallen to Nikita-type numbers. It would have remained at the .8 range, and we may have had a FULL season 6.

    A terrible waste of what could have been a great show.

  • alexis

    Heard what last night’s HIMYM was about and tuned in, even though I am not a shipper of those two I am touched. Good numbers for them.

  • bluejays

    @Theoldman – Castle was a repeat. So the numbers aren’t that bad even if it drops some. Agree with you re EMHome though. Bad bad bad numbers.

  • Tellitlikeitis

    @ Old Man

    You do realize that Castle was a rerun last night and last week, don’t you?

    Not bad for a rerun IMO.

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