TV Ratings Monday: 'Bones' & 'Two Broke Girls' Return Up; 'How I Met Your Mother' Hits Season High + 'The Carrie Diaries' Premieres Low

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January 15th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/8 2.2/6 2.1/5 2.1/5 1.6/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/6 1.9/6 1.9/5 1.7/5 1.5/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.735 7.963 7.911 5.571 4.032 1.262


CBS was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother earned a season-high 3.8, up four tenths after its last original's 3.4, four weeks ago. 2 Broke Girls earned a 4.1, up six tenths from the 3.5 its last original earned. Mike & Molly earned a 3.5, up two tenths from its last original's 3.3 adults 18-49 rating. Hawaii Five-O was even with last original's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, The Biggest Loser was even with last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating . Deception scored a 1.6, down four tenths from last week's premiere 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Bachelor garnered a 2.4, up a tenth from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 premiere rating. Castle was flat with last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, a Bones double feature earned a 2.1 both at 8PM and 9PM, up two tenths from its last original's 1.9 on December 3.

On The CW, the premiere of The Carrie Diaries earned a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were far too optimistic.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, January 14, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.8 10 10.42
ABC The Bachelor (8-10PM) 2.4 6 7.40
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10PM) 2.4 6 6.28
FOX Bones 2.1 6 8.06
CW The Carrie Diaries -P 0.6 2 1.60
8:30 PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 3.6 9 11.53
9:00PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 4.1 10 12.20
FOX Bones 2.1 5 7.77
CW The Carrie Diaries -R 0.4 1 0.93
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 3.5 9 11.52
10:00PM CBS Hawaii Five-O 2.4 6 9.37
ABC Castle 1.9 5 9.10
NBC Deception 1.6 4 4.16

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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.5/7.  

*	In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49
Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late
Show," 0.8/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/4.  

*	From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in
the Local People Meters.

*	From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "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 0.9/4 in
metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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.

  • Tessa


    Stephen is ugly and a bad actor and Arrow is a awful show.

    I’m not the creator of ratings, the majority it, and the majority likes Arrow.

  • Jane

    I really doubt 12 year old girls make up a large portion of the 1.6 million. My niece doesn’t watch any CW shows not does she care about Carrie Bradshaw. She’s all about PLL and The Lying Game.

  • Goku

    The Carrie Diaries deserved better ratings. It wasn’t that bad. I mean, it wasn’t good, but it was better than any other teen drama from The CW.

  • Elena

    I’m wondering why the C3 numbers aren’t reported in addition to the fast nationals? ABC President Paul Lee said himself just last week at the TCA presentation for ABC that those are the numbers they are most interested in when it comes to making decisions about fall renewals. Is there any place we can see those numbers to get a true read on how our favorite shows are doing or is that kept only for those who need to know (i.e. network execs)?

    Anyway, the 1.9 for Castle is a solid overnight result and keeps the show on par with its overall ratings. I was looking at some data this morning that shows that Castle (along w Scandal) is actually the only show on ABC that hasn’t had a steep decline in viewers all season. Its ratings have gone between 1.7-2.2 all season, so the range has been kept pretty tight. That is especially significant when you consider shows like OUAT and Revenge which have not only averaged fewer viewers than Castle this season but have also experienced a viewer drop-off of about 1.5 million apiece since September. In addition, both shows have had a significant slide in ratings since the beginning of the season (over a full point difference between each show’s high and low for the season).

    I am using these two shows as an example not because I want to see them perform poorly but because at this time of year it’s more important to measure a show against the shows on the same network to determine their fate for next season. So, Castle may be lower in the ratings than Revenge and OUAT but it’s actually one of ABC’s most consistent performers and has held onto the majority of its audience all season long.

  • Freyja

    Tessa,Maybe you do,bit Stephen is ugly and a bad actor and Arrow is a awful show.

    Disagree Brandy,

    Arrow is still better than most shows on the CW including TVD ;) I would watch Arrow before I poked my eyes out with TVD or TCD ;)

    I am so over tween angst shows, been there done that. Time for some adult oriented shows!

  • Holly


    I’m wondering why the C3 numbers aren’t reported in addition to the fast nationals

    Because those are only available to paying customers, not the general public. We generally only see them if someone puts them in a press release.

  • klaxa

    Don´t understand who could greenlight CD. It´s like the Sex in the City when you cut all the sex and the characters talking about doing it. What´s left? Really outdated teen soap with the most trite plots imaginable and really selfcentered and unsympathetic lead. How they believed they could attract audience spoiled with shows like PLL, LG, or VD is a mystery.

  • Mike

    Elementary did a 2.4 demo with just a 3.3 demo lead in, better than H50 . CBS will move H50 to Fridays to die. CBS promoted this episode as crazy with the chose your ending trick, the sitcoms gained from last time, H50 didn’t. You cannot blame CBS for trying,
    CD looked bad, even for the CW.

  • Elena


    Thanks for the clarification. I appreciate it! :)

  • Chris

    The Carrie Diaries is a bad idea, badly executed, and now it’s got the bad ratings to match.

    You know, if they’d just gotten the rights to show repeats of “Square Pegs”, and billed it as “The Carrie Diaries”, they’d have spent a lot less money, gotten ratings at least as good, and the stories would actually bear some actual resemblance to a real high school. :D

  • halloween

    has there ever been a successful 80s show outside its own decade?

  • gerry

    @ eripado – when you say sex and the city minimally rated, i think you may be speaking from personal dislike rather than numbers. it syndicated EVERYWHERE including TBS which is when the flyover states jumped on board and is still running in syndication all over the place after two major motion pictures. if it didn’t rate huge, that’s more likely because of the amount of people with hbo subscriptions. i still think it remains hbo’s second highest-rated series.

  • Suan

    Happy for Bones, tho this season has been pretty meh, am still hanging on, hoping for better stories.

  • r0ckmypants

    Robert or Bill, chime in if I’m spewing wrong information…

    The reason you can’t count the 9:00 repeat of The Carrie Diaries is because that number won’t be factored into its average. So no, it’s not a 1.0… it’s still a 0.6.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman


    I’m wondering why the C3 numbers aren’t reported in addition to the fast nationals

    Because those are only available to paying customers, not the general public. We generally only see them if someone puts them in a press release.”

    That’s not the whole story, because we see plenty of numbers that only paying subscribers get (because they send them to us).

    My guess is that the networks, as a group, decided that “We’re not going to generally use C3 ratings as the public PR numbers”.

    As to why, your guess is as good as mine. Bad comparisons/reduced ability to spin is my guess.

    They’re not available next day obviously, but they’re available sooner than Live+7 program ratings are, and those get used.

  • Ateofi

    Elementary is a new show and it has already dropped to 2.4 despite very strong Thursday schedule. Last week TBBT hit 6.4 in demo and TAHM had 4.2 ratings. If you start the evening with the powerhouse like this and then end it with jut 2.4 that is pathetic. Elementary looks much worse compared to the rest of Thursday schedule than H50 on Monday. Also, what would you propose instead of H50 that will bring better ratings? I see no candidates.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “The reason you can’t count the 9:00 repeat of The Carrie Diaries is because that number won’t be factored into its average. So no, it’s not a 1.0… it’s still a 0.6.”

    One is free to “count” whatever one wishes to “count”. I don’t bother with repeat ratings, but that’s mostly for simplification reasons.

    As for what the ratings are once it airs only once a week, which is what ultimately matters, guess what you will. I prefer not to.

    We’ll know soon enough.

  • silvit


    SATC ended in 2004, so the article is outdated. Nielsen was already working the way it’s working now for premium cable.

    I’m not evoking the Gunsmoke rule when it got 11 million viewers out of a 30 million subscription base. You wrote that it got mediocre ratings when at its time it was the highest HBO show. Girls is one of the lowest HBO shows. That’s the difference.

  • T-Dog

    TBBT oh my god.

  • r0ckmypants

    I was talking about the yearly average… like when “specials” (ie, airings on holidays) arne’t counted toward the yearly average by Nielsen. Are repeats?

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