TV Ratings Monday: 'The Voice' Hits a High, 'Dancing With the Stars' Up; 'How I Met Your Mother', '2 Broke Girls', 'Castle' & 'Hawaii Five-0' Down

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April 16th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.5/12 2.2/6 2.1/6 2.0/5 1.5/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.4/10 1.3/4 1.5/5 1.5/4 1.2/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 12.478 12.406 7.179 6.059 3.499 0.822


Note: There were numerous local market preemptions Monday night due to coverage of the Boston bombings. Ratings may be subject to more than typical adjustment in the finals.

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

On NBC, The Voice earned a season high 5.1 adults 18-49 rating, up 2 percent from last week's 5.0 adults 18-49 rating. It was the show's best 18-49 numbers since March 12, 2012. The news special Terror In Boston scored a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, up 41 percent from Revolution’s 2.2 in the time period last week.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother scored a season low 2.6 adults 18-49 rating down 4 percent from a 2.7 on March 25. Rules of Engagement earned a season low 2.0 among adults 18-49 down 9 percent from a 2.2 on March 25. 2 Broke Girls garnered a series low 2.3 adults 18-49 rating down 23 percent from a 3.0 on March 25. Mike & Molly notched a series low 2.2 among adults 18-49 down 15 percent from a 2.6 on March 25. Hawaii Five-O tied its series low with a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating down 14 percent from a 2.1 on March 25.

On ABC, Dancing With the Stars scored a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating up 5 percent from last week's 2.1. Castle earned a 2.1 down 5 percent from a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating on April 1.

On FOX, Bones garnered a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating down 5 percent from a 2.0 on April 1. The Following earned a series low 2.1 down 5 percent from last week’s 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, the season premiere of Oh, Sit notched a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating down 20 percent from a 0.5 for the series premiere on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. 90210 earned a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating matching its last original on March 11.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, April 15, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 5.1/14 14.29
CBS How I Met Your Mother 2.6/8 6.58
ABC Dancing With the Stars (8-10PM) 2.2/6 13.41
FOX Bones 1.9/5 6.41
CW Oh Sit! - Season Premiere 0.4/1 1.09
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.0/5 6.07
9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls 2.3/6 7.48
FOX The Following 2.1/5 6.41
CW 90210 0.2/1 0.56
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 2.2/5 7.65
10:00 NBC Terror In Boston 3.1/8 8.856
ABC Castle 2.1/5 10.41
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.8/5 7.65

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," 2.7/7 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.9/8.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.7/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/5.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.8/6 in metered-market households and a 0.6/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/4 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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • MichaelChickless

    @Kari “They should had canceled H50 in the first season, the moment the show failed to get the numbers csi Miami was getting.”

    Another bitter CSI: Miami fan?

    @Max Vrany “Averaging half hours to get full program ratings won’t get you very far. That’s not how ratings work.”

    So a program could get two 2.0 ratings in the half hours but then get a 2.5 for the hour?

  • Mark

    Man mike and molly was so freaking funny last night.

  • HalCapone

    Absolutely stunning losses for CBS

  • jlopie1

    I don’t think anyone who has commented here today can in all honesty claim this was NOT an atypical night of television! I doubt CBS is worrying too much about the decline in ratings – for one thing ALL it’s programmed shows declined across the board. It still might be the way it is – the might CBS might be flailing on Mondays – but I for one am not going to use an atypical Monday night showing to toll the death knell for Monday night shows! I’ll give CBS the benefit of the doubt and wait for May sweeps.

  • jlopie1

    I apologize, that should read the “mighty CBS.”

    I would also have to agree that H50 was an exceptional episode last night. The quest for the recovery of a missing Marine who had given his life for his country was cathartic after all the horror and sadness of the day. If it had been light hearted or bromancy, it would not have been as compelling. It’s a shame more people didn’t tune in.

  • Max Vrany

    @MichaelChickless, that’s a question for someone who knows more about the ratings system than I do. Though I don’t believe two 2.0 half-hours could yield a 2.5 rating for a whole hour.

    What I’m saying is don’t be surprised when halves of 2.0 and 2.1 produce a whole hour rating of 2.0. 5th grade math class tells you (2.0+ 2.1)/2 equals 2.05, which rounds up to 2.1, but this isn’t 5th grade math class.

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  • Tim

    OUCH CBS !
    3rd place for the night with Originals. And very close to be in 4th place.
    Amazing numbers for The Voice :)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Once again, The Following irritates me with “stupid FBI tricks”. While they’re in the house, it takes Ashmore’s character five minutes to remember to call for their backup, who are apparently so far away they can’t hear umpteen gun shots. Then of course they all split up and almost lose the kid again.

    Two more episodes left.

    HFO wasn’t bad last night, except for the bad directing of two people holding off a dozen North Koreans firing automatic weapons on a bridge with no cover without getting hit even once, not even grazed. Please… :-)

    Castle was funny, delving into “urban Bigfoot”, which makes no sense at all and therefore provided much humor.

  • Melissa


    OUCH CBS !
    3rd place for the night with Originals. And very close to be in 4th place.

    But also very close to 2nd place…

  • Noel

    90210 returns as weak as ever. With the exception of Supernatural, most CW shows don’t do so well at 9pm. No, its not an excuse for the show, but for example Nikita moving from 9 to 8 helped the show a lot. Tuesday at 9pm nothing is successful, and beauty and the beast doesn’t do vampire diaries ratings justice.

  • Narciso

    CBS needs to watch out. If their comedies keep falling in the ratings, they will be passed by NBC. They need better, fresher, and more exciting scripts. The writing is beginning to be not only boring and tiresome, but also repetitive. Nothing new. This will eventually bury you six feet under the competition.

  • Judy912

    I am a newcomer to ‘CASTLE’ and only starting catching it on the TNT network since Sept 2012 and I enjoy it for it’s entertainment value however now I am capitivated by the chemistry between the two main character’s played by Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. Nathan Fillion comedic talent wins me over but the dramatic genius of Stana Katic is outstanding. Why she hasn’t been nominated for an EMMY is beyond me for she certainly deserves to win hands down.

  • wingsabre

    I’m sure people did not feel like watching comedies after the events of yesterday.

  • LAS

    Im sure ratings were affected by the Boston Bombing. CBS needs to televise last night H50 episode because iy was the best episode to date..it was that good!!

  • Jamiestp

    Comedies or drama’s. Living half an hour away from where it happened and having to make calls to check on friends who ran it to see if they were okay I totally understand that. However, I am still interested in knowing if they will re-air the episodes.

  • bjssp

    @Ashton Butcher:

    I don’t think they would leave Mondays altogether. What I am saying is, Chuck Lorre’s new show, Mom, seems like it would be better on Thursdays, where it could go behind TBBT and gain more exposure. It could then go to 9:00 when TAAHM is off the air, which should be in two seasons, if not at the end of next season. Or it could go to Mondays to shore up that night.

    I say this because there’s speculation it will go on Mondays. It might very well end up there, but I think it’d be better on Thursdays.

    As for MJF and NBC, it could be unsuccessful or even a disaster. But if I had to bet, I’d say it wouldn’t be. He’s talented and likable and the concept seems so nondescript that it could go in any number of directions. But really, think of Fox himself: even if you don’t like him, do you hate him? Of course not. Now they just have to make sure the show is good. If they can do that, and they are willing to put some promotional muscle behind it, it could be the biggest show on television. If they spend enough, I could see the premiere getting 30+ million viewers.

    What might happen, oddly enough, is similar to what happened with CBS and CSI back in 2000. The big show that year was The Fugitive, but it was CSI that lasted, obviously. If the new MJF show opens big but then peters out, but NBC is lucky enough to surround it with other shows that are good, that might be the way the network climbs back.

  • bjssp


    Why switch the comedies like that?

  • bjssp

    @Richard Steven Hack:

    I was at my local Starbucks doing job stuff and I heard a table of older guys talking about this show. They probably weren’t as critical as you, but they didn’t seem in love with it, either. And several people I work with are saying how they have given up or are close to doing so.

    Seems like Fox might have trouble on its hands.

  • ffas1234

    With the numerous preemptions, I think the Voice will get adjusted downwards and CBS, upwards. NBC usually does well with any current news while CBS, poorly.

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