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.

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  • Mon

    So, 2 Broke Girls does the best after a TBBT repeat. How much more if it comes after a new TBBT?

  • Dan S

    Oh man, why did NBC ever green light 1600 ? I had such high hopes & this show was like a lump of coal just before Christmas. I sat through the bitter end hoping it would improve & didn’t. This show will be lucky if it survives beyond 3 Thur airings before getting pulled. This will not help Do No Harm as its lead in either.

  • SarahL

    Not a good premiere for 1600 Penn. I thought it had some funny moments. It could improve.

  • Marge

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

    Considering there is Vegas and the rest of CBS lineup at 10 is repeats, you are probably correct, not much to brag about.

    POI is at least still doing the same as last year and I would wager it may be doing a little better than last year on some weeks. It hasn’t dropped significantly, say .6 like some shows have

  • Oliver

    When was the last time NBC renewed a mid-season comedy? Parks and Recreation in 2008-2009?

  • Khan

    But good for GG anyway! I’m happy… gonna miss Serena

  • HalCapone

    Watch NBC crash and burn with end of The Voice and Sunday Night Football. 1600 Penn is doomed. NBC must have little faith in it to debut it at the end of The Voice cycle and one week before Christmas.

  • CenterGravity

    The 1600 Penn pilot was sort of cute, but I doubt I will continue to follow it on Thursdays.

    Pretty sold for Hawaii Five-O’Loughlin. and I hope it adjusts up for the haters.

  • jimbo

    Why wouldn’t NBC try to launch family sitcoms such as Modern family and the middle. All sitcoms on NBC seem to target certain population.That’s why they always fails

  • Baaa!

    Well a 2.4 or 2.5 is about the best I expected from H5O with no competition with regular programming. Castle given the same situation a 2.2 or 2.3 at best considering its lower lead-in. Both are back next season somewhere on their networks schedule they held up well considering how strong NBC surged on Monday. I expected drops for both from last season, but NBC picked up the pace.

  • bluejays

    @Marge. Lol. Even if they *weren’t* repeats none of the other ten pm shows have been getting much over a 2.4 so your point is – as usual – moot.


    @ bluejays

    Yes, I know it was a rerun but my point was geared more to the may be adjusted lower aspect. Also, regarding 2BG & M/M, agree w/ decision to move 2.5M & let these two grow from 9-10, as they’re much newer shows.

    @ Tellitlikeitis

    I do realize Castle was a rerun. Probably have to rethink my analysis of 1.1 being good. I guess in today’s climate it is.

  • Jerry

    I understand everyone saying that last night’s HIMYM was great, and it was. BUT, what made it great was not something that was really hinted at beforehand as a way to draw viewers in. So no matter how great the episode was, if people didn’t know they should watch it they stayed away.

  • Marge


    Two words. No competition.

  • Ateofi

    I guess CBs wanted to kill two birds with one stone. They wanted to boost poi and elementary but also help tahm which was dropping fast in the ratings last season. As you know tahm is very expensive show to produce with such salaries like ashton kutcher’s. Tahm did get a boost, but poi has not improved in the demo. Elementary is also going down fast.
    That left h50 to be double hit by ” revolution” following ” the voice” and the change of monday schedule.
    As for last night ratings i hoped h50 would do better, i wonder if it is adjusted up?

  • gerry

    @ andrea – i’ll take a show that is witty and has the ability to make fun of itself over an overwrought and trite ‘realism’ that somehow managed to go on like 5 years too long. i might feel differently if OTH had ended it then.

    @ winston – you cannot even compare gilmore girls/veronica mars/smallville to gossip girl. apples and oranges. i loved oc but i’d still have to go GG/OC/OTH, but that’s equally as much due to the NYC backdrop as it is the show itself.

  • Tihomir


  • Deo


    Don´t bother answering @The Old Man, he doesn´t care if Castle was a rerun…
    I´m with you, not bad for a rerun, even if it adjusts down like it will…
    But EM:HE? God ABC, get rid of it like now!!

  • Tebow to JAX

    1600 Penn was absolutely horrible, this show will continue to flop on Thursdays also. This show is pretty much DOA!

  • Guest

    Surprisingly Gossip Girl did good for the series finale.

    Last nights episode was really good couldn’t ask for a better ending.

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