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.


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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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  • JJF

    Not good for CBS. H50 is looking like a good candidate to be banished.

    NBC news coverage did better than Revolution? Wow.

    Castle seemed relatively unimpacted so I don’t think news coverage can be used as an excuse for any other numbers.

  • senor chang


    -Hannibal has 13 episodes. Currently, it’s scheduled to air one episode per week on Thursdays, presumably wrapping up its run on…Thursday, June 27.
    -The Voice is expanding to two hours soon (since Ready For Love is being scaled back to one hour). When sweeps begin, The Voice will likely air from 8-10, with Ready For Love airing from 10-11 on Tuesdays.
    -Pull those one-hour episodes of Ready For Love–dump them Saturday or Sunday–and switch in new episodes of Hannibal instead. Two new episodes per week throughout May. The show would then likely wrap up in late May/early June instead of late June.

    BENEFITS: gives exposure to the show, which already has great press and might really benefit from some larger samplings; reduces the possibility of audience erosion by wrapping up the show earlier; uses the Voice lead-in on something long-term and sustainable

    HARMS: admittedly airing two episodes a week could backfire; probably other things I haven’t thought about and other people will (hopefully kindly) point out here.

  • bjssp


    Given how old many of its programs are (including TBBT), I think it’s all but certain they will go with 4 hours of comedy next season. It’s possible that they could try for more, or try to throw up a block somewhere else, but I think 2 hours on Monday and 2 on Thursday makes the most sense. If I had to bet, I’d say that’s what they’ll do.

    The only thing that makes this hard to predict is that a good number of its orders are single cams. Unless the network mixes and matches, my guess is that either 2BG or M&M will move to Thursdays, with the other going after Mother on Mondays, and an hour of single cams will go on Mondays from 9:00-10:00. Thursdays will be TBBT, Mom* from Chuck Lorre, Men, and either 2BG or M&M.

    *I’m not sure why so many think this show will go on Mondays. Possible, sure, but it’s supposed to be pretty good, and if CBS wants to go for 4 hours on Thursdays, it needs a new anchor and quickly. Put this show behind TBBT until Men ends and then slide it up to 9:00. Simple, no?

  • just a silly fantasion

    It would be awesome if CBS built a Thursday comedy block like:


    it would be one of the strongest nights of television, too bad they would be left with nothing to air on Monday and Mike and Molly to lead off an hour : D

  • rgxx

    So THE FOLLOWING received a 2.1 –

    I think Revolution could have beaten them especially with the Voice numbers being even higher than the blind auditions from last week!

  • Justin121

    The Voice is the new Death Star.

    5.1 and the next closest is a 2.3? (average for the hour)


    Did it really get a 5.0 last week?

    The entire night had 1s and low 2s.

  • Spike

    looks like CBS wont be hitting 3.0 by next season anymore either. -0.2 will be a hit for the CW soon followed by FOX around the 1.5 mark ^^

  • JacobYates

    Everything on CBS scores a season or series low. Ouch.

  • SJ

    Actually it does say a lot about Revolution. The special was unpromoted – unless they showed promos during The Voice, which I doubt. Revolution gets around-the-clock promotion and still underwhelms.

    Also, I doubt the news special told people anything they didn’t already know – to my knowledge, the perpetrator(s) have not yet been caught. I don’t think anyone can spin this around and still make Revolution look good.

  • bjssp


    Once again, last night’s episode of Revolution concerned people looking for a bomb. Had the network aired that, lots of people would be up in arms, and Greenblatt might be looking for a new job.


    Which network?

  • Mon

    I agree that Hawaii Five-0 was great last night. One thing that bothered me though was Alex O Laughlin’s make-up. It was so bad and his face became water proof when it was raining!!! But if I could, I would change the beggining a bit. Mc Garrett would check the body first (the tattoo, or other preliminaries) before leaving the exchange area. There could have a shootout right there and there once he noticed the body wasn’t his friend’s but the enemies were able to escape. That’s it.

  • Hubert R. Wentland

    I dont know how Mom is supposed to be a hit with such a title. all other CBS comedies (minus M&M, maybe) have some good, original, intriguing names and a series called *Mom* seems just outta place.

  • gerry

    all these ‘terror in boston’ renewal jokes are gauche if not just gross. ew @ the people posting them.

    i would say its likely that what happened in boston skewed the tv numbers. not sure how the voice didn’t take a hit but its a monster these days regardless.

  • bjssp

    @senor chang:

    Interesting idea.

    The bigger question is, how will NBC try to promote it if/when they renew for next season? Revolution has a deal with Netflix like some other shows do; can Hannibal get something similar? Might NBC simply decide to rerun the series in the Thursdays slot over the summer, from the beginning? Both?

    If it goes no lower than a 1.5 this week (and certainly if it goes up again), I expect an early renewal from NBC.

  • Cerebro

    Boston is the 7th largest television market in the U.S. It’s no surprise that ratings took a hit. The CW was the only network that was business as usual. The other four Boston networks were all preempted for bombing coverage.

    CBS and ABC programming DID air here on sister stations owned the, respective, affiliates (while the main stations covered the tragedy). No word (as far as I know) from the NBC and FOX affiliates on if/when Monday’s scheduled programming will air (“The Voice”, “Bones”, “The Following”).

  • forg

    What a season for NBC, they have hit such lows with do no harm, all sitcoms new and old struggling and smash failig miserably but look at The Voice having 2 well rated seasons!

  • senor chang

    Actually it does say a lot about Revolution. The special was unpromoted – unless they showed promos during The Voice, which I doubt. Revolution gets around-the-clock promotion and still underwhelms.

    It was a news special on a bomb crisis. That’s all the promotion it would need. This really doesn’t seem like a valid comparison to make either way; I think it says more about the bomb crisis than it says about Revolution.

  • senor chang

    Agreed, NBC’s ratings “predicament” is the most hilarious thing I’ve seen in quite some time.

  • bjssp

    @Hubert R. Wentland:

    Yeah, the name does seem, kind of generic. Why not just name it Napa, since that’s where the show takes place? But then, I thought Old Christine would have been FAR better than The New Adventures of Old Christine, which sounds like a bad 1980s movie title.

    But seriously, Chuck Lorre owns CBS comedy (and rightly so). TBBT is strong and still getting stronger, but it’s also old and getting older. Men will end sooner than that, and if they want to still own Thursdays, they need something new. The buzz for Mom seems legitimately good (especially since it’s a Chuck Lorre show, rightly or wrongly), so why not put it behind something huge? Seems easier to keep Thursdays strong and then, if need be, use that to rebuild Mondays, if need be, than vice-versa.

  • charlotte mustain

    everyone wanted to see what was happening in boston, so that is why the rating are for the cbs shows such as hawaii 5-0, it was a great episode last night every emotionaly. i cried at the end of the show. feel trouble about what happen in boston, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone there.

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