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.

  • Linda

    Yesterday Hawaii Five -0 was an Alex O. centered episode and I think that explains the bad numbers. DDKim, Scott C. and Grace P. were given 30 seconds of screen time this week . The show was worse than usual.

  • Fake Me Out


    Why are the comments labels in numbers like


    It’s freaking annoying

    No, annoying would be numbers like


  • karin

    and please correct the headline with the following DOWN,worst to come,i bet.

  • Mickey 1.0


    Though I generally agree with the theory that older people watch the news, the problem last night was that DWTS was unaffected by what happen in Boston. It should have been if that theory holds.

    I think there can be exceptions to every theory, without it negating the theory altogether. In this case, a live show where you have to vote immediately after to support your pick could hold onto its numbers because you lose most of the experience by DVRing, and they can catch the news later at 10 or 11. Whereas with the CBS comedies and H50, they lost nothing by watching the news first and DVRing the shows.

  • Mickey 1.0


    Yesterday Hawaii Five -0 was an Alex O. centered episode and I think that explains the bad numbers. DDKim, Scott C. and Grace P. were given 30 seconds of screen time this week . The show was worse than usual.

    I disagree. I thought it was a great episode. It was a really interesting story about the mission to capture Hesse in North Korea, and it was great to see things changed up a little. This ep did centre on McGarrett and Catherine, but that just makes up for the fact the other three had to carry a few episodes while O’Loughlin was being treated for an addiction to painkillers a while back.

    The entire CBS line-up was down, and you certainly can’t blame that on an Alex O. centred episode. There was something else at play, and it was probably news coverage of the tragedy in Boston.

  • Joseph

    A couple of notes:

    (1) CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC all may have drawn far more prime-time viewers last night (April 15th) than usual due to the terror attacks in Boston. That might have depressed broadcast viewership.

    (2) Prime-time on the major network stations in Boston got pre-empted or bumped to sister stations or “.2″ subchannels.

    (3) It’s possible that stations in other New England markets (like Providence and Hartford) may have also simulcast coverage from the Boston affiliates of their respective networks. That would have reduced “circulation” of network shows further.

  • Justin121

    9pm: Two and a Half Men
    9:30pm: 2 Broke Girls

    Thursday: Big Bang – Mike & Molly

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Why are the comments labels in numbers like


    It’s freaking annoying

    An unintentional byproduct of fixing something else. Though they don’t bug me much, we’ll wind up getting rid of them.

  • eridapo

    Wait in all this talk about Boston and the impact on ratings did we forget that last night was the deadline for submitting taxes (yes. I know. fan excuse bingo). All those people lining up by the posts office submitting their returns on the last day had to impact ratings…

  • Melissa

    Ratings from the year-ago Monday (4/16/12)

    The Voice – 3.7
    Smash – 1.9

    How I Met Your Mother – 3.1
    2 Broke Girls – 3.4
    Two and a Half Men – 3.8
    Mike & Molly – 3.1
    Hawaii Five-0 (R) – 1.6

    Dancing With the Stars – 2.9
    Castle – 2.1

    Bones – 2.2
    House – 2.0

    Gossip Girl – 0.6
    Hart of Dixie – 0.6

  • Justin121

    Idol at season 4 got ratings lower than M*A*S*H season 4 so…

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood


    W/o the ability to easily quote someone…I still don’t know how some of you do it with that other color background, the numbers can be useful. However, I’d prefer to say post #172 rather than page 9 post #12.

    So, IMHO, I say either keep them or slightly modify them (if possible)…since direct quoting isn’t a simple thing.

  • The End

    @Robert Seidman

    I don’t see a problem with numbers by the posts personally. Each page holds 20 comments anyway, so we all know when we’re getting close to a new page now lol

  • Hubert R. Wentland

    just noticed that CBS switched NCIS and NCIS LA repeats tonight. its probably because they want NCIS to be #1 show this year and repeat numbers ruin it, but I guess it would be a smart thing to do pernamently next season – to move the original NCIS out of The Voice way and premiere a new show at 10 pm with a lead-in stronger than provided by NCIS LA.

  • Ateofi

    Mickey 1.0
    Finally a reasonable comment. I agree wholeheartedly with everything you wrote. I would also add that, except Boston coverage, long, three weeks break certainly did not help CBS numbers.

  • Billy

    What is with this three week break excuse for the CBS numbers ?

    TBBT returned from a three week hiatus due to NCAA Basketball and put up a 5.2. No one complained about the break then. I guess the break only applies when shows do bad. These CBS numbers are awful.

  • Melissa


    The only show that they have is the Voice which in lower than what American Idol was getting at 4 seasons.

    And American Idol’s fourth season (11.1 A18-49 average) in 2005 also aired during a time where broadcast ratings were significantly higher!

  • POIFanatic

    “Castle seems to have a loyal audience no matter what, It must be that Nathan Fillion, woman love him”

    I’m a guy who watches Castle mainly for the superhot and immensely talented Stana Katic. Fillion’s comedic timing comes in second place for me (Though initially I did tune into the show because of him – Firefly Forever!!)

  • Jamiestp

    No networks showed new episodes last night in Massachusetts because of the bombings. Would this contribute to ratings declines? Also are they gonna re air last nights HIMYM seeing as massachusetts missed it?

  • POIFanatic

    “There’s a special place in heII for those making pathetic jokes about the tragedy in Boston !!!”

    I’m sure hell is filled up with people who make pathetic jokes about the tragedies in Middle East. There’s no room for more.

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