TV Ratings Monday: NCAA Championship Dominates Night, 'The Voice' & 'The Carrie Diaries' Up + 'The Following' Flat

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April 9th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.5/14 4.0/11 1.8/5 1.6/4 1.6/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.7/14 3.1/9 1.0/3 1.3/4 1.4/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 15.893 11.221 11.081 5.244 3.733 0.797


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for CBS (NCAA Basketball tournament) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

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

On NBC, The Voice earned a  season high 4.9 adults 18-49 rating, up two tenths from last week's 4.7 adults 18-49 rating. Revolution scored a 2.3, up a tenth from last week's series low 2.2 among adults 18-49.

On CBS, the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship earned a 7.5 from 9:30-11PM, down a tenth from last year's finals (7.7) but up from last year's preliminaries (7.5)

On ABC, Dancing With the Stars earned a season low 2.0, down two tenths from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.  This is the lowest-rated performance telecast ever

On FOX, The Following was even with last week's series low 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

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


Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, April 8, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.9 13 13.67
CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 2.7 8 9.11
ABC Dancing With the Stars (8-10PM) 2.0 5 12.94
FOX Bones -R 1.1 3 4.28
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.4 1 1.07
8:30 PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 3.3 9 10.51
9:00PM CBS 2013 NCAA Basketball Championship Pre-Game Show 4.4 11 13.62
FOX The Following 2.2 5 6.21
CW Hart of Dixie -R 0.2 0 0.52
9:30PM CBS NCAA Basketball Championship (9:30-11PM) 7.5 19


10:00PM NBC Revolution 2.3 6 6.32
ABC Castle -R 1.3 3 7.36

Late Night Ratings:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/6 with an encore delayed by basketball; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.7/5 with an encore delayed by basketball; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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" (1.2/5, delayed by basketball).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.5/4, delayed by basketball).
  • 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.


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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  • bjssp


    Good point about Revenge.


    There are a few problems with that argument. First, it’s kind of silly to say that because Idol was bigger than The Voice back when it was really big, TV isn’t doing well now. Relative comparisons are key. Everything is smaller than it was 10 years ago. In some ways, TV is just as big now as Idol was back in its day. Second, TV has had, what, four possible winners overall? Third, in some ways, it doesn’t matter, as long as people are tuning in, which they are.

  • May

    getting rid of Christina Aguilera was the BEST thing the Voice could have done!!!

    she’s VERY unlikeable and Shakira is a sweetheart. Usher is great too! Definite upgrade.

    this is an increase of 35% over last year. This time last year, there was NO march madness and ratings were in the 10 milion range

  • Ashley

    I find it funny how people on here are forgetting that The Voice did bigger ratings in BOTH its debut and Sophomore season, when Christina Aguilera was also part of the show. For its first season it did 5.0s and +14 million MULTIPLE times, the second season (excluding the post superbowl premiere) did +6.0s and +16 million MULTIPLE times…The only thing different about The Voice ratings wise THIS season is that its up versus last falls season.

  • bjssp

    Can I remind everyone that Revolution has aired all of 13 episodes so far? That alone should be enough to say it’s way too soon to make a judgment about the show.

  • bjssp


    Indeed. I’m fairly convinced bashing NBC is now so common place that it doesn’t matter what the network does. It’s odd, because so many of the better reviewed shows of the last, say, 7 years have aired on NBC. (If it announced a cure for cancer tomorrow, people would ask why it took so damn long, I’m sure.)

    I’ve said that one of the mistakes networks make with reality shows is not leaving them paired with scripted shows long enough. At least this year, NBC is doing the right thing with Revolution.

  • Ron

    The Voice is almost like a Star Search type talent show. It seems pretty clear that nobody is going to be break out and be a huge star but it doesn’t seem to be hurting the show. Probably because the focus is on the voice, the singer and in a more fun competitive way. Xfactor seems to be all about the money and someone having what it takes to be a huge pop star. Since so far nobody has been able to break out and become a big star on Xfactor it is in much deeper trouble and honestly I’m only giving it 1 more season. I don’t care who they get as judges I just don’t see it turning around.

    The Voice can seemlessly switch out judges if Blake or Adam take a break and keep the flow going.

  • Carmen

    @ Alex

    “Which is by no means a bad thing especially given the position NBC is currently in”

    No argument.
    If I was NBC I just might have done the same thing. Revolution looked at least as good as anything else NBC had. But we still don’t have any idea of what Revolution can do on its own. If NBC decides to make it the permanent show following The Voice, then they can.

    “Protect a show and people complain. Throw a show into the schedule wilderness and people complain”

    Alex, welcome to TV fan hypocrisy 101. Hell, welcome to human nature 101!

  • bjssp


    Well, it has aired higher rated shows in the past, but it’s up compared to where it was last season, as you state. I happen to think you need to look at the fall and spring seasons in comparison to the fall and fall seasons or spring and spring seasons, so how is this not a good thing? Idol keeps dropping, and while TV might do that next season in either the fall or spring or even later this season, it’s still on an upward trend from last fall.

  • CrimTV

    NBC would be stupid to not keep Revolution behind The Voice next season, whether it will be Mondays at 10pm or Tuesdays at 9pm. I do not like it when networks premiere a show with a great lead-in, then move it the next season and it crashes (Apartment 23, Happy Endings, The New Normal, Go On) yes they are lead-in dependent but the whole idea is to nurture a show and make sure it has enough of an audience and the only way to do that is to put it behind a good lead-in so it could gain viewers in the future. I hope NBC keep this in mind and I hope ABC (if it keeps performing well), keep How to Live With Your Parents behind Modern Family for next season instead of sending it to die on Tuesdays.

  • CrimTV


    When I mentioned TNN and Go On, I know they haven’t been on more than a season but you get my point

  • Ateofi

    I agree, NBC is doing everything to protect Revolution and even so the show is getting disappointing ratings after hiatus. I am more than certain NBC hoped for more than barely 2.3 which will probably be adjusted down in the finals. Revolution has had the strongest lead in put of all 10 p, shows in three years. Neither H50 nor Castle (or any pther show in a week) has had lead in between 4.5- 5.0

  • Ashley


    hence what i said, im not downplaying The Voice at all, all i am saying is that i dont think its the Judges that make the show, i thinks its the Format, especially the great ‘Blind audition stage’ which is always highly rated.Look at the Xfactor/Current idol, Mariah Carey + Britney Spears are both massive stars, (bigger than the coaches on The Voice), but still could do nothing to save ratings. Im saying i dont think its fair to discredit Aguilera, because when she was part of the show, at times, in past seasons, the show did better than its currently doing.

  • CrimTV


    You have to remember this is NBC, they have much lower expectations and a 2.3, good lead-in or not is a great rating for a 10pm show and especially great for NBC!

  • bjssp


    Well, like I said earlier, it’s aired all of 13 episodes so far, so it’s hard to say anything definitive. For whatever reason, NBC decided not to air repeats of the show while it was on break, but it will be featured on Netflix this summer. We’ll see if that helps the show gain some new viewers.

  • Ultima

    I don’t think I’ve seen a 7.5 before, except maybe Superbowl. Although it was probably higher.


  • zth


    I agree with you, Mariah Carey and Britney Spears might have been bigger stars than any judge on The Voice. But they are not as relevant now, plus they are extremely boring as judges. It’s not just about the biggest star, but about the biggest stars which can say interesting things.

  • bjssp


    I don’t watch either show, so my impressions are only from what little I see through commercials and clips, but at this point, Idol seems kind of full of itself yet still dour, whereas TV seems upbeat and airy but completely fun. Seems they’ve had good luck with the judges, but I don’t think Christina or the others make a huge difference one way or the other, as long as they all get along and get the tone of the show, which they appear to do.

  • zth

    I don’t think I’ve seen a 7.5 before, except maybe Superbowl. Although it was probably higher.


  • BigBrotherFan

    How big is Kim Ravers role on REVOLUTION? I haven’t watched it but I always liked her even as a kid watching THIRD WATCH. If she has a decent role, I’ll watch it all on NETFLIX in the summer.

  • Ash


    Usher and Shakira are up there popularity wise so The Voice isnt exactly lacking star power,but like the other guy said, you need to have a bit of personality to thrive as a coach on The Voice. Britney and Mariah aren’t that engaging and would probably stick out like a sore thumb.

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