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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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.

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  • TJ

    1600 Penn was bad. Offensively bad. I feel sorry for the cast who had to perform such a horrible script, particularly the two daughter characters. NBC would be foolish to air any more episodes.

    Two Broke Girls was very bad, possibly the worst episode of the series. I also feel sorry for their cast, as always, but yesterday’s episode had no redeeming qualities to offset the usual vulgarity.

    Television writers in Hollywood should be ashamed. I think the industry is at an all-time low.

  • Matt

    Everyone keeps saying NBC needs more family comedies…they have 2 on the air currently (3 if you count the new normal) and they’re all not doing so hot. 1600 Penn IS a family comedy. Having watched the Pilot, there’s nothing in it really politics related, it focused on the family dynamic mostly. Its not that NBC needs more “Family comedies,” they just need better ones.

  • don juan

    1600 Penn was to no ones surprise, terrible! Almost as dumb as the neighbors and animal practice.

  • Tellitlikeitis

    Yeah sure, the New Normal is a “family” show. Not my family.

  • Tebow to JAX

    I would rather have the ABC kind of family shows like Last Man Standing and Reba. NBC needs more Guys with Kids type comedies.


    @ Deo

    I thought I gave a fair analysis of rethinking my rerun standards, but to you I just say NO! (Just Kidding)

    But have you seen the ratings for TBBT (R)? Huh!

  • grant

    Well im glad OTH finale beat GGs. and OTH was a better show seasons 1-4/5.
    But at least GGs finale had all old characters return. Im gonna miss the show tho. Started watching it in 11th grade when it first came on.

  • jimbo

    What I am saying, NBC needs Sitcoms like Guys with kids. The common, normal family. Not in certain situations like TNN, 1600Penn.

    NBC should have put GWK after Voice rather than this horrible show

  • Steph

    Not that I don’t like The Voice, but I’m happy it’s over this week. Hopefully some of our scripted dramas will get a ratings boost now that The Voice season is coming to an end.

  • Maya

    The Voice did great, but 1600 really wasted the lead in.I don’t think this show will make it in the new spot,
    CBS sitcoms did well considering the big competition at that time, but Hawaii 50 did awful, no competition at all, huge lead in, and just a 2.4. This show is ready to be canceled, CBS is wasting the slot.

  • Rodri

    OTH finale didn’t beat GGs… GG has 0.8 and 1.51 million viewers… OTH had 0.8 but 1.43 million viewers. And it’s surprising because this season of GG started with 0.78 and 0.4 in demo. OTH started with 1.72 and 0.9 in demo. I guess GG had more DVR and web fans who wanted to watch the finale on tv!

  • Deo

    @The Old Man

    Kidding accepted:)
    I just think that 1.1 in a rerun at 10 p.m. isn´t that bad (particulary if the lead-in is miserable and you have a new episode of another show), but maybe you´re right, I aceept it:)

    About TBBT, I know their reruns have great ratings, but I don´t know its time slot… I´ve never watched it, but isn´t it a comedy? I think comedies always do better (but maybe I´m wrong…again):)

  • Marge


    It’s not ready to be cancelled BUT CBS needs to rethink what it’s going to do with it. They’ll try either a Friday or Sunday timeslot next year.

  • Rebecca

    Enjoyed both HIMYM episodes (especially the second one, and it was nice to see “Oz” and “Willow” onscreen together again – Seth Green was on) and 1600 Penn.

    @Old Man
    I FINALLY saw Skyfall yesterday – it was great!

  • Big Tim

    Fox runs a Charley Brown special at 9PM, draws nothing. Hello, the kids are in bed on a school night. Dumb.

  • Ateofi

    Thanks for the new definition of “huge” lead in. Now i know it”s a show that gets 3.3 ratings. So far i thought it was any show that has ratings above 4.0, but what do i know? As for h50 wasting its lead in, please let me know in your great wisdom, what show should be there instead of h50 that will get comparable ratings?

  • Anon

    The kids are likely on Xmas break, so Fox will need a different excuse.

  • grant

    @rodri. I meant final season wise OTH beat GG. I should of worded it better. either way OTH was way more popular. Although I like both shows very much. An honestly I think the GG finale will adjust down.

  • Mia

    Hawaii F0 ratings aren’t improving much without competition,so Revolution is not to blame for Hawaii bad numbers this season. I guess it is just that not a lot of people like the show.
    1600= Bye Bye :(

  • were123

    After GG final episode, please just see this:

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