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TV Ratings Monday: '2 Broke Girls', 'Rules of Engagement' & 'Mike & Molly' Hit Lows, 'The Carrie Diaries' & '90210' Rise + 'The Following' Dips

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February 26th, 2013

Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS NBC UNI CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/7 2.5/7 2.5/6 1.8/5 1.6/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.0/6 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.4/4 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.643 8.556 8.208 4.881 3.795 0.839

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

On ABC, The Bachelor garnered a 2.9, down a single tenth from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. Castle was even with last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother was even with last week's 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Rules of Engagement garnered a season- low 2.6, down three tenths from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. 2 Broke Girls scored a series low 3.2, down three tenths from last week's 3.5. Mike & Molly notched a season low 2.7, down half a ratings point from last week's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating

On FOX, Bones earned a  2.3, up a tenth from last week's 2.2. The Following scored a 2.7, down two tenths from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were about right.

 

On NBC, The Biggest Loser was flat with last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Deception was also even with last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, The Carrie Diaries garnered a 0.5, up a tenth from last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating. 90210 earned a 0.3, also up a tenth from last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, February 25, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.4 10 8.60
ABC The Bachelor (8-10PM) 2.9 8 9.12
FOX Bones 2.3 6 8.67
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10PM) 2.1 6 5.70
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.5 1 1.10
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8:30 PM CBS Rules of Engagement 2.6 7 7.80
9:00PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.2 8 10.19
FOX The Following 2.7 7 8.44
CW 90210 0.3 1 0.58
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 2.7 7 9.76
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10:00PM ABC Castle 2.3 6 10.69
CBS Hawaii Five-O -R 1.4 4 6.45
NBC Deception 1.2 3 3.25

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," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/6.  

*	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," 0.5/3; 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 0.5/3 in 18-49 in
the Local People Meters.

*	From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4
in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in
metered-market households and a 0.2/1 in adults 18-49 in the 25
markets with local people meters.

 

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Definitions:

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.

 
  • HalCapone

    Developing a television hit that maintains its ratings or even grows season to season is becoming a thing of the past. No wonder the networks turn increasingly to loosely scripted fare (I refuse to call any of that stuff “reality”) and push their moldy shows, hoping to eek out a syndication deal.

    While The Voice will probably win its time slot, I bet it will be down 15-20% in the ratings by the end of its run this season. The novelty of singing shows has long worn off and even judge changes or big red vinyl ejection chairs won’t stop the ratings bleeding. While relatively cheap to mount, a big downside to shows like The Voice, The Bachelor, etc is the lack of syndication potential and very low returns in reruns.

  • RG-X

    Though i don’t watch it – it does look like The Following will get it’s 2nd season renewal.

  • chris23

    Congrats to Castle Fans on the recent upswing. Bachelor is proving to be stronger than expected this season and a better leadin than Dancing With The Stars in terms of demo, but dwts has more viewers just an older fan base apparently. Castle has a loyal audience but it is a known fact that when the leadin show from 8 to 10 does great castle always follows the trend.

    The Following and Bones make a great combination for Fox on Monday Nights. The following has a HUGE dvr fanbase. If some of the dvr viewers would go live it would be a monster but Monday Nights have been getting a little more competetive as of late. Either way Fox must be happy with Mondays right now considering its unsuccess of Mob Doctor, Touch, Ben and Kate, and not so great mindy project.

    CBS comedies have been up and down, but that 8:30 slot has an effect for the whole lineup and not a good one at that. When Partners at 8:30 the shows suffered, when BBT repeats replaced it the numbers were up for the entire lineup. Rules has been the red headed stepchild for CBS. It was sent to Saturdays then moved to Thursday to replace Gentleman out of desperation not b/c cbs had faith in it. But I guess all in all it did make it 7 seasons.

    Biggest Loser is really stable considering the rest of NBC is sending the network into panic mode without football, The Voice, and the freshman fall success of Revolution. I’m sure NBC can’t wait to get Voice and Rev back on the schedule, not to mention voice will give other shows a much needed boost as well.

    I don’t want to even mention lowly monday shows 90210 and Carrie, but I will. CW really needs to revamp this night the most. It has been a teen night for over 5 years now with it only being successful when strong Veteran Show One Tree Hill was on Season 6 and Season 7. It all went downhill when CW moved to a 90210 and gossip girl Monday Night teenfest. I know Tuesday at 9 is a deathslot but revamp Mondays and Tuesdays they both are in need of a total makeover!!!!

    90210 will be hitting 400,000 viewers live by the end of the season.. If it is true that CW will actually give this show a shortened final season, they should be smart and do this in the Summer before fall begins. Don’t wreck your lineup any more than you have CW! Carrie will probably be canceled, with those numbers it should be!!!

  • Judy912

    ‘Castle’ was AMAZING!! I was on the edge of my seat during the entire episode. So much suspense and drama! Definitely the highlight of the season if not the best 2 part episode of the entire series!! Having James Brolin play Castle’s father was a brillant stroke of genius in casting especially when you know Barbara Streisand (being a big fan of the series) requested her husband to play the role. WAY TO GO CASTLE!!!

  • tv_viewer

    CBS has to be a bit worried about Two Broke Girls because How I Met Your Mother did better than it last night.

    It took awhile for Big Bang Theory to be a hit. If I remember correctly The Big Bang Theory started on Mondays at 8:30 pm right after How I Met Your Mother. Then CBS for a short time switched the two shows to see if TBBT could become an anchor show. Big Bang Theory didn’t do great so CBS switched the shows back again. The ratings of Big Bang Theory exploded when CBS aired Big Bang on Mondays at 9:30 pm after Two and a Half Men. When Big Bang Theory had ratings above Two and a Half Men, CBS made the decision to move Big Bang Theory to Thursdays for the following season.

    If CBS still wants a 2 hour comedy block on Mondays for next season, CBS has no other option but to put Two Broke Girls at 9 pm. They don’t have a better alternative among their young comedies.

    For fans of The Following, I do have some problems with last night’s episode. Joe Carroll planned carefully where his son would live. It is not inconceivable that he would recruit a police woman to his cause from that town.

    However the FBI should have identified more of the people who visited him in jail over the last several years by now. In the pilot episode, the FBI did bring a lot of women who visited Joe. Last night’s episode showed the military veteran Charlie visiting Joe a few years ago. If the FBI had video of Emma, Jacob, and Paul visiting Joe, they should have video of Charlie making his visit. Even if Charlie signed with a fake name, the FBI surely had facial recognition software.

  • Ultima

    @HalCapone
    Developing a television hit that maintains its ratings or even grows season to season is becoming a thing of the past.

    Nonsense.

  • Win

    .1 increase for 90210 due to lannie….

  • Holly

    @HalCapone,

    Developing a television hit that maintains its ratings or even grows season to season is becoming a thing of the past.

    Person of Interest, Scandal, Big Bang Theory, Castle… It’s always been rare, but it still happens.

    No wonder the networks turn increasingly to loosely scripted fare

    I don’t have access to the numbers right now, but the networks haven’t really dropped in scripted series for decades, and the biggest part of that drop came from losing Saturdays. Unscripted shows took the place of news programs and movies-of-the-week, not regular scripted series.

  • Nikki

    good for the following.

  • Alan

    2 broke girls always does incredible

  • rob60990

    Revolution won’t take anything away from Castle or Hawaii 5-0 because its audience comes directly from The Voice. Without The Voice, Revolution would be nothing. It would probably lose to both Hawaii 5-0 & Castle if it had Biggest Loser as a lead-in.

  • Josh

    @bigbrother

    I am a 27 year old male and have watched Castle since the beginning. They have had a nuke, dirty bomb, terrorists, spies, brutal murders, talk of sexual crimes, torture, serial killers, corrupt government offical, sniper shootings, explosion in one of their apartments. A ton of nods to Nathan’s past shows like Firefly, including one episode dedicated to sci fi convention.

    I know at least a dozen males that watch this show every week like me and read the books. 7 of them around age 28, married with kids. and around another 4-5 in their 40s.

    Yes you don’t watch the show and it NEVER gets promoted. It never has. Heck TNT promotes it more than ABC ever has. It is very well written and acted out. I recommend it to a lot of people. And one of the biggest complaints is that they don’t show ENOUGH romance. And that its tame compared to other relationships on other shows. Plus they did the will they won’t they for Bones for seven or so years. Castle lasted 4 seasons including a season one short season. So they did it in half the time Bones did.

    Plus Stana Katic is a million times more sexier than Hayden, and Nashville way more of a girl show than Castle. I could argue that Castle targets the advanced age group since it does procedural. But it targets the convention fans with nods to Firefly and with book series/marvel comic series. So it tries to target a lot of audiences and not just female.

  • David Howell

    @Ultima / HalCapone
    Becoming a thing of the past, but not there yet? Interestingly it’s only CBS who seem capable of it on broadcast at the moment (TBBT, NCIS, potentially POI), though there’s some examples on cable (especially TWD). And even the Eye can’t do it reliably – look at H5-0 crashing in staggering fashion towards one of the Friday/Sunday “syndication sanctuary” time slots.

    Having said that, ABC have pulled it of with The Batchelor – wow! Can’t remember the last time CBS lost a Voice-less Monday. Anyone?

  • Holly

    @BBKK,

    Is it a bad sign for the Carrie Diaries that its final episode will air April 8th, making it the only CW show not airing during May sweeps?

    Not necessarily. It’s airing all its episodes so the order isn’t cut (which would be a very bad sign). They’re just running it straight through with no breaks.

  • hoki

    I think 2BG will be around for 4-5 seasons and no more. It’s not strong enough.
    CBS will be still strong for the next season because HIMYM is renewed, but their whole comedy system can easily crash when HIMYM ends. HIMYM is extremly stable and it’s keeping this comedy block strong. If they don’t produce strong new comedy for the next season ( they didn’t this year!), CBS might be in big problems for season 2014/2015 (when HIMYM won’t be around anymore.)
    (Remember what happened with NBC after ‘Friends’!)

  • ateofi

    Chris23
    CBS comedies have been up and down, but that 8:30 slot has an effect for the whole lineup and not a good one at that. When Partners at 8:30 the shows suffered, when BBT repeats replaced it the numbers were up for the entire lineup. Rules has been the red headed stepchild for CBS. It was sent to Saturdays then moved to Thursday to replace Gentleman out of desperation not b/c cbs had faith in it. But I guess all in all it did make it 7 seasons.
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    I wonder if RoE airs the whole season or will it cancelled earlier? It would be really beneficial for entire monday line-up to rerun TBBT again.

  • Christine

    I know it is a silly show but I still like “The Rules of Engagement.” It is kind of like “According to Jim” used to be, it never really goes away.

  • Mari

    Castle was the most watched tv program of the nigth!

  • Nikki

    at least the Following is holding steady. I wouldnt get to excitied for the CW shows they still might adjust down. On a side not im looking forward to the press release for ABCFamily… excitied to see how Bunheads and Switched did. Both were good episodes.

  • MichaelChickless

    @David Howell “look at H5-0 crashing in staggering fashion towards one of the Friday/Sunday “syndication sanctuary” time slots”

    You do know the H50 episode last night was a repeat?

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