TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Grimm' Finale & 'So You Think You Can Dance' Flat, 'Dancing With the Stars' Finale Rises, 'The Voice' Falls

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May 22nd, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.1/6 1.9/6 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.4/5 1.6/6 1.3/4 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.791 11.547 4.586 3.544 7.536 0.674


NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49 while ABC  was on top with total viewers.

On NBC, the news special Devastation in Oklahoma garnered a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, even with the 2.0 that The Voice Recap earned in the time period last week. The Voice scored a 3.1, down 11 percent from last week's 3.5 adults 18-49 rating for its lowest rated Tuesday telecast this cycle. The season finale of Grimm earned 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week, but up 6 percent from a 1.6 fir the season one finale on May 18, 2012. Your predictions were accurate.

On ABC, the special The Bachelor’s Funniest Moments earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, up 9 percent from Wipeout’s 1.1 in the time period last week. The two hour season finale of Dancing With The Stars scored a 2.6, up 44 percent from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating but down 21 percent from a 3.3 for last season’s finale on May 22, 2012. It was the lowest rated finale in the show’s history.

On FOX, a two hour So You think You Can Dance earned a 1.9 adults 18-49 even with last week’s one hour premiere.


Broadcast primetime ratings for May 21, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC NBC News Special: Devastation in Oklahoma 2.0/6 8.16
FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10PM) 1.9/6 4.59
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles - R 1.3/4 7.70
ABC The Bachelor's Funniest Moments 1.2/4 4.75
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.3/1 0.77
9:00 NBC The Voice 3.1/9 9.99
ABC Dancing With the Stars (9-11PM) - Season Finale 2.6/7 14.95
CBS NCIS - R 1.3/3 7.75
CW America's Next Top Model - R 0.3/1 0.58
10:00 NBC Grimm - Season Finale 1.7/5 5.22
CBS NCIS -R 1.4/4 7.15
In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.7/7.
  • 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," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.6/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 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) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • bjssp

    Does anyone know whether NBC plans to air TV next spring season as late as it did this season? I suspect part of the reasons ratings might be down slightly right now is that the show has begun airing outside the regular season schedule. Let’s assume it waits no more than one week once the ceremonies close on February 23, meaning the start date is March 3. The season would still end during the week starting Monday, June 9, but it would begin earlier and, possibly, be stronger. Assuming it holds up, as does football, in the fall, and that the Olympics do at least decently, we might be looking at a first place NBC in the demo next season.

  • Albert

    I think the voice’s “base” viewers are mostly “country music” fan. Even thought that is great to some extent, those viewers tend to be more loyal to some people whether they perform bad. I think the voice need to change up the ‘country judge” to make it more exciting. #justsaying

  • Aok

    Grimm had to face DWTS and lost the battle. Sad that’s what people want to watch,

  • Billy

    If the Voice sinks anymore it will be right in line with American Idol.

  • Michael

    Anxious to see how X Factor is going to perform this fall!

  • rob60990

    “I find it absolutely stupid on ABC’s part not to air the season finale of Body of Proof last night and take advantage of a possible ‘last hurrah’ ratings increase from DWTS”

    Besides the fact that ABC doesn’t care to boost a cancelled show, DWTS would have been more hurt airing from 8-10 since The Voice was airing 9-10.

  • Ashely

    @ BigBrotherfan

    THe Voice results show always goes down regardless of which judge. I don’t have the numbers but my guess is that the result show last night did better than the previous season w/ Xtina. Next season with her, I’d be surprised to see it crack 3.0 for the results show.

  • Avery16

    Let’s just ignore the fact that GRIMM went up against the second hour of the DANCING WITH THE STARS finale, which rose this week. GRIMM is a steady show with a loyal fanbase. You’re not going to draw more numbers for a show that is episodic. New viewers would have to watch the previous episodes to get what is going on. It was also the second part of last week’s episode. There is no surprise that it was steady. And the people calling it pathetic are just ignorant on these facts. They’re going to bash the show and it’s ratings no matter what. Instead of caring what shows you don’t care about are doing, just worry about the show you do enjoy. It’s kind of easy.

  • Tom K

    Excellent SYTYCD program! 2nd in it’s time slot. LOVED THE SHOW! To those criticizing, if you don’t like it, give it a rest. You come off like bullies on a playground and you know THEY’RE the ones that end up with the careers when they grow up (ie. sitting in front of a TV, with a dirty wife beater on and a beer, farting along with the TV jingles they can’t remember the words to.) Atta boy!!! Keep it classy, TV by the Numbers posters!!!

  • Dan S

    Apparently Grimm can’t really breakout as a major ratings force airing earlier in the week. At least it has a 3rd season paired with a good leadout on Fri with Dracula. Tonight concludes the 2012-2013 regular season & then onto summer series & burn offs until fall.

  • BrieK

    After all the blind audtions, the battle rounds, and knock-out rounds, The Voice is basically American Idol without the theme nights. Still, a 3.1 (probably will be adjusted up) is not bad at all. What else can NBC air and get a 3.1?

  • Observer

    Grimm has a nice loyal following that isn’t going to change by its’ being on Tuesday, no matter what the lead in. All that counts is that the numbers are good for a Friday show, which is exactly where it’s headed next season. Where it belongs.

  • cimmer

    Grimm did fine, it might even rise a bit but it doesn’t matter. NBC’s moved it before trying to get a bump in the ratings and it doesn’t work. It has its audience, we follow it around and that’s that. Grimm will be on Fridays again next season and hopefully, this time, NBC will just leave it alone and be happy with the fact that they have a consistent, moderately successful show, actually wonderfully successful for NBC.

  • bjssp

    @Dan S and others:

    We’d need a full season of data points to determine whether Grimm could break out on another night.

  • D

    I don’t understand all the discussion about Grimm. It’s a little show on NBC that pulls solid numbers for Friday that has briefly moved to Tuesday’s post Voice slot. In fact, the numbers Grimm is pulling Tuesday are somewhat similar to what it does on Fridays, so it’s not like it’s a concern that its numbers will fall dramatically when it’s moved back to its Friday spot without the Voice lead in. This isn’t a highly produced show with costly episodes, or a show that started out with huge ratings that have fallen dramatically. So how is it a flop? And why do people want it to flop anyway?

  • K

    Grimm would have been better in ratings, but a lousy season finale. Come on, Nick knew this guy had a lot of “followers” yet he does not have enough back up to help. In other words, 4 people to fight 20+ people.

  • Frank

    I really like the numbers of SYTYCD. Once The Voice season ends they should be able to manage 2s, which is pretty awesome for a summer program these days.

  • Grey

    I watched TNT the whole night and then the 11PM news. :-|
    I know the cable shows and the network summer shows will get going over the next couple of weeks but I’m thinking the ratings between now and the fall are going to be even more dismal than last year at this time.

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood

    For those inquiring, according to NBC upfronts:

    The Voice Season Premieres

    Season 5 (Fall) Mon Sep 23 2013

    Season 6 (Spring) Mon Feb 24 2014

    The Olympics on NBC airs from Friday Feb 7 – Sunday Feb 23 2014.

  • bjssp


    Thanks for the info. Looks like NBC isn’t wasting any time getting into TV and, presumably, its midseason offerings. Good to see.

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