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.

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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  • Oliver

    TBL is scheduled to overrun so it’s likely that Deception will be adjusted down.

    I’d cancel Deception. Any new drama would perform at least equally well in that slot, and might perform significantly better.

  • Ateofi

    Please enlighten me about the cost of production of H50! Do you have any data suggesting it is more expensive than i.e. NCIS or Two and a half men where Asthon Kutcher’s earns more than the entire cast of h50 together? On wait, you probably know nothing and you are just a troll trying to provoke comments?!

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Oliver who just said:
    CBS are increasingly weak on Monday and I’d love to see someone move comedies there to directly compete. It might be a good spot for ABC comedy expansion, moving DWTS to avoid competition from The Voice.

    My friend i always respect you comments but tuesday comedy batle all over again is last thing i want to see. Not see how abc or fox can compete with comedies on monday. For nbc comedies like dead people good or nothing. They are all dead. I can see TBBT move to Monday at 8 pm. MOms after that. And than 2BG and Mike and Molly. Expensive HIMYM and TAHM on thursday for final seasons althou TAHM without TBBT can collapse pretty bad.

  • Brandy

    @Petar, I wouldn’t worry about 2 Broke Girls ratings, over a 2.0 is good and it might bounce back up plus it has a syndication deal with tbs so it’ll be on for at least four seasons and maybe this was just a off week cause I don’t think it’s gone below a 3.0 this season.

  • Petar Ivanov


    Asthon Kutcher 700 000$ per spisode made all scripted shows look cheap. Most overspend actor ever. TBBT leads with 300 000$ per episode looks like monks. And because of them Kutcher show looks so good. World is not fair.

  • Billy

    @Petar Ivanov

    It will be interesting to see how much money TBBT actors get when the show is up for renewal next season. I could see a very big battle over salaries between TBBT stars and CBS/Warner Bros. I don’t think Jim Parsons will accept less money than Ashton Kutcher receives. This will be interesting to watch.

  • RyanCanada

    i hope carrie diaries adjust down

  • Ash

    Guess the cheap gimmick of blood and gore is slowly wearing off for TF. I mean how long can they keep the premise going?

  • CookyMonzta

    Not bad. 3.1/8 and 16.8 million? Last spring, DWTS opened with a 3.5/9 and 18.8 million. Their worst show last spring was 2.2/6 and 13.2 million for the results of the final 4, the week before the championship.

    Last year, the championship took place the same week as the Idol championship. This year, Idol’s championship will take place a week earlier, which is most likely the week of the DWTS final 4.

    If they’ve lost 2 million from last spring’s first show, chances are likely their worst show will draw 11.2 million, with a possible low of 1.7 in the demo. Since a great many more of its viewers are outside the demo, I think the overall viewership comes into play here. Which leads to this question: How low will either show draw, and will either one or the other draw fewer than 11 million? The Voice has already drawn fewer than 11 million (less than 9 million on several occasions), but its lowest demo, as far as I know, was 3.0 last spring.

    On the whole, it will be very interesting to see how all 3 shows fare, as we head for mid-May. Beware Idol’s Thursday results; where the show could draw a 2.x for the first time ever, and possibly fewer than 11 millio.

  • Petar Ivanov


    I think they are in the pack. As you can see from the link now they take 300 000$ per episode. Friends stars takes 1 million $ per episode. BBT stars will be the same. And they deserve any penny. As friends by the way. My favorite sitcom of all time. And friends were 6 big names here they are Parsons, Cuoco, Galecki. Other stars in the show will be the problem. When show is so huge hit all actors want from the pie.

  • CookyMonzta

    Crap. I need a new keyboard.

  • Brian J


    I’ve said before that NBC should really consider putting one or two comedies on Mondays. If I had to pick, I’d say one behind The Voice in the Fall, just to give it a bigger boost, and to focus more of the advertising on it, and then a second at midseason. Unless The Voice collapses, they’d be a competitive second or even come in first. And in my scenario, I’d make it a multi cam, since I’d put single cams on Tuesday.

  • Mike

    Hope Following recovers, but still good.
    ABC did good, considering the bad season they r having,
    CBS has lost their power on Mondays. H50 numbers are awful.

  • Michael

    Random, but ABC cancelled “Bachelor Bad.” Such an entertaining summer guilty pleasure.

  • Ateofi

    I read an article a while ago about salaries of tv actors and I know that Mark Harmon fron NCIS earns 500000 dollars, Michael Weatherly from the same show gets 375000 dollars per episode. Also guys from TBBT earn good money. To compare Alex Oloughlin earns only 110000 dollars per episode. So whenever I hear how expensive any show is, I want to see some numbers, not just opinions of someone who doesn’t like the show. As for Ashton Kutcher, it is amazing that such talentless guy has such lucrative contract.

  • Samm

    @”Asthon Kutcher 700 000$ per spisode”

    Really??? How stupid CBS is. JMO, I don’t even find that guy funny :|.

  • a p garcia

    DWTS had good numbers after the all star debacle. Am a little concern for The Following

  • Brian J

    @Petar Ivanov:

    Something to consider is that CBS/Warner Bros saved like $400-500,000 per episode based on what they were paying Charlie Sheen. They were also desperate for a name actor.


    Absolutely, particularly if the show continues to climb and manages to break 20 million viewers next season. At that point, all of the Big Bang actors will want to cash in.

  • Ateofi

    Just stop with your bashing. H50 had more total viewers than both preceeding shows and lost smal portion of its lead in demo. Also it went up from last time being on long hiatus. Hopefully there numbers won’t be adjusted down. Currently it’s number two CBS 10 pm show after Elementary (which had very good episode).

  • KarenM

    It’s time for DWTS to close down shop. These are the worst “B” stars ever. They really couldn’t get anyone better? I’m done.

    TF’s done also.

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