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.

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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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  • Rebecca

    Some Christmas breaks for the kids don’t start until this weekend. But maybe they should have aired Charlie Brown first and then the other two specials, time-wise.

  • CBSviewer

    Hope HIMYM and H50 will be adjusted up in the finals.

  • Ateofi

    Revolution is responsible for h50 drop because it took viewers away. Now some of these viewers return, but not all of them. Another factor is definitely the change of schedule, the viewers coming from tahm now watch person of interest on thursday. Finally, there are viewers who simply give up on h50 but they don’t watch revolution or castle.
    Also, what do you mean that not many people like the show? Currently, there are over 10 milion in preliminary ratings. Of course we have to wait for final numbers. Hopefully there will go up.

  • Tellitlikeitis


    Do you watch shows that are on other networks not called CBS?

    I’ve seen quite a few commenters that are rah-rahing for one network and quite frankly it puzzles me that you do that. Unless you work for them, of course.

  • jimtv

    When discussing broadcast network ratings, it’s a shame that “good” and “0.8” should ever be in the same sentence.

  • Oliver

    I assumed 1600 Penn was DOA, but The New Normal premiered to 2.5 out of a 4.2 rated episode of The Voice and that’s still spluttering along.

    Sure, 1600 Penn did a few tenths worse and it will have a worse lead-in (and lead-out) but it’s also January.

  • jackson

    Hmmm. Is Take It All’s disastrous week-over-week plunge as newsworthy as it’s FRIDAY versus Monday uptick? Uh – duh – no. Why give positive spin to a creative and ratings disaster?

  • POI

    1600 Penn was amazing i wish it does well when put in its normal timeslot.

  • TVDude

    NBC is wasting the post-Voice slots with these single cam shows. They called The Office and Parks “narrow”, but “Go On”, “The New Normal”, and “1600 Penn” are just as narrow. Modern Family, Two and a Half Men, and The Big Bang Theory are successful because they’re relatable. How many people are in a group like the one in Go On, are gay parents, or live in the white house (by far the most un-relatable one)? It’s just gimmicks and people see through them. A real family comedy behind The Voice would probably do well, but these are just crap, in my opinion. Go On’s probably the best one, but I stopped watching it because I just didn’t find it that funny.

    Unfortunately, Guys with Kids is probably NBC’s best comedy right now and it’s getting killed fighting ABC’s family lineup. Poor scheduling, NBC.

  • Honey Badger

    I hope Cassadee Pope wins on The Voice tonight. She has 2 songs in the iTunes Top 100 Songs (USA). And the song Over You was Released on November 19, 2012, went to number 1 in a day, stayed around the top 50 for more than a month, and moved up to number 5 on December 18, 2012. Proving Cassadee Pope is already a star and has staying power.

    Cassadee Pope has had several number 1 songs, and the other singers have had great success as well as is shown in this week’s results.
    NBC has found a great show in The Voice. And this season will create stars.

    iTunes Top 100 Songs (USA) December 18, 2012

    1. Cry (The Voice Performance) – Cassadee Pope
    Cry (The Voice Performance) – Single
    Cassadee Pope
    Release Date: December 17, 2012

    5. Over You (The Voice Performance) – Cassadee Pope
    Over You (The Voice Performance) – Single
    Cassadee Pope
    Release Date: November 19, 2012

    7. Broken Wings (The Voice Performance) – Terry McDermott
    Broken Wings (The Voice Performance) – Single
    Terry McDermott
    Release Date: December 17, 2012

    12. I Want To Know What Love Is (The Voice Performance) – Terry McDermott
    I Want To Know What Love Is (The Voice Performance) – Single
    Terry McDermott
    Release Date: December 3, 2012

    16. Great Balls of Fire / Fire (The Voice Performance) – Nicholas David
    Great Balls of Fire / Fire (The Voice Performance) – Single
    Nicholas David
    Release Date: December 17, 2012

    24. Stupid Boy (The Voice Performance) – Cassadee Pope
    Stupid Boy (The Voice Performance) – Single
    Cassadee Pope
    Release Date: December 10, 2012

    32. Dude (Looks Like a Lady) [The Voice Performance] – Blake Shelton & Terry McDermott
    Dude (Looks Like a Lady) (The Voice Performance) – Single
    Blake Shelton & Terry McDermott
    Release Date: December 17, 2012

    36. Play That Funky Music (The Voice Performance) – Cee Lo Green & Nicholas David
    Play That Funky Music (The Voice Performance) – Single
    Cee Lo Green & Nicholas David
    Release Date: December 17, 2012

    38. Steve McQueen (The Voice Performance) – Blake Shelton & Cassadee Pope
    Steve McQueen (The Voice Performance) – Single
    Blake Shelton & Cassadee Pope
    Release Date: December 17, 2012

    45. Lean On Me (The Voice Performance) – Nicholas David
    Lean On Me (The Voice Performance) – Single
    Nicholas David
    Release Date: November 19, 2012

    77. Let It Be (The Voice Performance) – Terry McDermott
    Let It Be (The Voice Performance) – Single
    Terry McDermott
    Release Date: December 10, 2012

  • CBSviewer

    @ Tellitlekeitis

    Of course I watch Shows on other network like The Simpsons, Bones, Castle and SVU. But i prefer the CBS’s Shows and i watch every Shows on CBS except TGW.

  • jimbo

    @TVDude. I absolutely agree with your opinion!
    Guys with kids should have been on after the Voice.
    Then it could also boost Parenthood. Actually, NBC doesn’t care about producing sitcoms Family can watch together.

  • Tebow to JAX

    Cassadee Pope is overrated she won’t do as well after the show is over, Blake’s fans think she sings country but they’re finding out that she isn’t.

    X Factor will come away with more stars like they did last season with Marcus Canty, Chris Rene, Rachel Crow, and Josh Josh Krajcik.

  • AlexFan

    @Marge, check your facts again, Vegas is new tonight, if you don’t believe me just look in upper right hand corner, maybe you will believe TV By The Numbers or will you put your own spin on it?

  • Lmw931

    HIMYM was soooo good, definitely one of the best episodes ever. They should have at least hinted that something was going to happen, because more people would have watched.

  • randyaw

    Glad to see H50 doing well, this season has been really good, I cant tell for sure but I’d swear last year they had outsourced their writing to some place recommended by Bain Capital.

  • thesnowleopard

    Looks like Gossip Girl did go up finally, though not enough to make a final season for 90210 a shoo-in. I wonder if the people who weren’t watching earlier in the season used the clips episode to catch up before the finale.

  • Alex

    GG that was an awful rating, exspecially series finale,wow and some people are sayind it was a decent rating, what are u talking about, it went out badly, just like the last 2 years ratings which were dreadful.

  • grant

    @ Alex. That is actually a decent rating for GG last ep. Considering what it has been getting an considering cw numbers in general.

  • Marge


    If you read my post at all, you would see that I said that the only CBS show that is new this week outside of H50 IS Vegas.

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