TV Ratings Monday: 'Dancing With Stars' Premiere Down, 'The Biggest Loser' Finale Up, 'The Following', 'Bones' & 'Castle' Down, 'Hawaii Five-0' Up

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March 19th, 2013

The Following March 18

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.8/7 2.4/6 2.2/6 2.2/6 1.5/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.6/5 1.9/6 1.6/5 1.2/4 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 14.914 8.009 7.201 6.063 3.450 0.775


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

On ABC, the season premiere of Dancing With the Stars garnered a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating down 11 percent from a 3.5 for  last spring’s season premiere on March 19, 2012. However, it delivered ABC’s second highest Adult 18-49 rating in the 2 hour time period since April 23, 2012.  Castle earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 4 percent from a 2.3 for its most recent original episode on February 25.

On FOX, Bones earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating down 9 percent from a 2.2 its most recent new episode on March 4.  The Following scored a 2.4 down 11 percent from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother earned a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating down 12 percent from a 3.3 for its most recent new episode on February 25.  Rules of Engagement garnered a 2.2  up 5 percent from last week's season low 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. 2 Broke Girls scored a series low 2.7 adults 18-49 rating down 18 percent from a 3.3 on February 25. Mike & Molly notched a season low 2.4 down 11 percent from. A 2.7 on February 25. Hawaii Five-0 earned a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating up 5 percent from a 2.0 on February 18.

On NBC, The Biggest Loser season finale notched a 2.6 up 30 percent from last week’s 2.0 adults 18-49 rating and up 18 percent from a 2.2 for last spring’s finale on May 1, 2012. The Deception season – and likely series – finale earned a 1.3 up 18 percent from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, The Carrie Diaries scored a 0.5 up 25 percent from last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, March 18, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars (8-10PM) - Season Premiere 3.1/8 16.76
CBS How I Met Your Mother 2.9/9 7.35
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10PM) - Season Finale 2.6/7 7.33
FOX Bones 2.0/6 7.31
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.5/1 1.04
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.2/6 6.63
9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls 2.7/7 8.35
FOX The Following 2.4/6 7.09
CW Hart of Dixie - R 0.2/0 0.51
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 2.4/6 8.23
10:00 ABC Castle 2.2/6 11.23
CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.1/6 8.75
NBC Deception - Season Finale 1.3/3 3.52

Late Night Ratings 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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; 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," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 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" (1.2/4 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) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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.

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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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  • JacobYates


    It says that HOD earned a .2/0. How can the rating share be a 0 but the actual rating be .2?

  • Tim

    DWTS did well! Hopefully it wont drop too much next week against The Voice. Who knows, maybe people wont be into the new voice judges?

    Castle did well also!

    Aw, CBS, that’s too bad.

  • Mickey

    Both H50 and Castle are going strong, so I’m happy.

    And I’m just going to ignore all the H50 vs Castle crap so it doesn’t rain on my parade.

  • Jimmy

    Is it just me, or is every week the commenters flood in here to say that “THIS IS A SEASON LOW! WORST (dayweek) IN HISTORY! EVERYTHING WILL BE CANCELED!”

  • Melissa


    No, I don’t see that. Castle’s total viewers include people both older AND younger than the target demo. Probably like a lot of other shows.

    Castle‘s A25-54 average is higher than its A18-34 average, indicating that it skews older, unless you’re saying that the big chunk of viewers not in A18-49 come from a very young demo such as K2-11 or T12-17, which is very unlikely.

  • Tony ^_^

    “Bones” skews kinda old… “The Following” is down but still solid for FOX. Though it makes me a bit worried for “New Girl” tonight…

    CBS lows all around. Noo! “2 Broke Girls”!

    “Dancing With the Stars” might beat “Idol” in viewers this season… :o

  • Sandra

    Shouldn’t Castle be beating H50 by a lot more than .1, especially since the lead in is DWTS?

  • JeffT

    Bones is showing its age.

  • Skylar James

    @Sandra: no because all the new viewers that Castle gained from DWTS are old people that dont count towards the demo


    CBS off alarmingly for a Monday night & The Voice returns next week ONO!

    DWTS good for ABC & highest 18-49 in almost a year but beaming should be short lived.

    NBC still the biggest loser as Decption tanks @ 10:00.

    FOX down, but will it be out next week?

    CALLING THE CW: “Hello, Hello! Is anybody there?”

  • Carl

    @Michael, I actually think the cast of DWTS has more “stars” or once-famous “stars” than some other seasons – Wynonna Judd, who was once a major country superstar, Dorothy Hamill, America’s sweetheart in her heyday, Kellie Pickler is a solidly successful country singer, probably one of the most consistent success stories from American Idol (beyond the big names like Kelly or Carrie), etc. But I will not watch that show again until they get new judges, get new producers who don’t care so much about cheap, contrived drama, and clean house of their pros. You have to pay me to watch Cheryl or Derek at this point, and the handful of new pros tend to suck.

  • karin

    The following series low is?

  • marlene

    @BigBrotherFan I have thought of that since Deception was in it’s 3rd episode I think that it maybe be a good idea Deception has a solid fan base basically the same numbers every week so it may work for them who know I am a Deception fan so I’ll watch it in any timeslot any day !

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