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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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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  • WillyWonka

    I’m starting to wonder if I’m the only real person here and the rest are just sock puppets because it’s either that or people posting here are typically retarded.

    It’s end of May, shows always do bad this time of year because guess what, people are finding other things to do than watch live television this time of year.

    Any show which airs now will suffer from this, any show which continues to air through summer will suffer even more from this, so the Voice for instance will just keep falling.

    And that’s not even accounting for the standard broadcast audience bleedout we see every season, next season the goalposts of what is considered ‘good ratings’ will be moved back once more, because lets face it, broadcast television is dying. Slowly but surely.

  • r0ckmypants

    @bjssp – Why? If new shows don’t get a “full season of data points” to determine whether or not they succeed, why would you need that from Grimm?

  • Jiji Moran

    I hate to see people complaining that a program is doing bad because it doesn’t have a strong lead-in. People, if a program is good, it doesn’t need a strong lead-in, it can do well on its own. About “The Voice”, its audience will get tired of it soon, Christina or no Christina, because the program has been forced on the viewers seven days a week. It’s the ONLY program NBC has that can compete with other network programs. But, no matter how good it is, people will get tired of it. My opinion, only.

  • TheFrenchGuy

    CBS repeated well :)

  • gerry

    grimm will do fine back on friday. grimm has a loyal fanbase that followed it from friday to tuesday, and will follow it back.

    its so heavily serialized, i just don’t know why they bothered putting it there in the first place when they could have propped up something newer/without a cult following.

  • Ethan

    Revolution beats Grimm again!!! And the Grimm finale no less…

  • Chuck_T

    Dennis must be a NBC hater or something. I can’t understand why people take such perverse pleasure in hating shows. Must have a lot of time on their hands or something.

  • j

    The Voice does not air 7 days a week.

    As a fan of the show, live shows are definitely more boring, but that’s pretty much the reason all these singing shows fall when it’s time for live shows. It’s just…2 hours of song, song, song, song with no payoff that night.

    As opposed to auditions when it’s instant yes-or-no on coming on the show, and the blinds/knockouts are instant-elimination. The stakes feel less high, and you can just watch your favored artists online the next day & spend just 2 mins on each of them rather than 2 hours of your life.

  • Xiongnu


    I agree, so many of these commenters are beyond pathetic, getting a stiffie when they see a show underperforming or flopping. Some real mental cases.

  • bjssp


    Grimm has only aired behind TV for 4 or 5 weeks. We all seem to agree that Grimm has its core audience down, but its chances for high profile exposure have been more limited. It was on Thursday once when NBC started to really collapse, and it’s been on Mondays but no good lead in. TV is still quite strong even if it’s down somewhat, and were Grimm to air behind it for an entire season, it might have a far greater chance of having more new viewers check it out.

    There’s no guarantee this would happen, and even if it did help the show it’s not as if it would start to pull in a 5.0, but I could see it begin to pull 2.0s or higher on a regular basis. That’d be pretty damn good for NBC.

  • Stan

    @Michael that’s what I said ;) My comment was a reaction to BigBrotherFan (3rd comment on the first page) It’s possible my English confused you (a dutch fan of American television =))

  • Chuck_T

    Everybody knows that Grimm is going back to Friday next season where it has carved a nice niche–don’t they?

  • JohnC

    Grimm is facing Dancing with the D list finale. I think it is doing very well.

  • Patrick Ausgewalht

    Poor NBC. The Office just ended, and its finale got a 3.0 rating. The Voice got a 3.1 tating. I’m afraid next year only football and the Blind Auditions of The Voice will get over a 3

  • r0ckmypants

    @bjssp – You missed the point. You don’t need a full season of data to determine anything about Grimm. It has a core audience that follows it to any night, but it is not gaining new viewers. The show has had several opportunities to gain a new audience (Olympics promotion, airing on Mondays, airing on Tuesdays behind The Voice, etc.), yet it still ends up in the same range. So keep it on Friday, and be done with it… no “full season of data points” needed.

  • Chris

    Why is The Voice falling. I expected it to build. I really think singing show fatigue is hitting hard.

  • 9to5

    I am a Revolution Fan, who cares if Revolution beats Grimm. NBC is lucky to have any scripted shows pulling over 1.7. Seriously believe the Voice is not helping with ratings boost for any of their shows. I think Revolution premiered high because it was so heavily promoted. I think Revolution has a loyal fan base 1.9 to 2.0 who watch it live. It does well very well with DVR L+7. I work in the mornings I hate staying up that late to watch one my favorite shows. I am so happy it is moving to Wednesday’s at 8pm. They need to make it more of family themed show anyway.

  • Sam

    I guess this was the right time to announce that Xtina was coming back to “The Voice.” I guess Shakira and Usher are just not cutting it. They were good in the beginning, but they are boring during the live shows. Xtina at least keeps NBC in the headlines.

  • bjssp


    If anything, you missed my point. I was trying to say that I don’t believe we can say whether or not a show will gain new viewers with only a few airings behind something else, particularly when it’s at the end of a season and the switch is abrupt. It might be the case that Grimm couldn’t gain new viewers, but I don’t believe we’d know that for sure until we saw it behind something bigger for an entire season–and had the data points of what happened.

  • Kangarookeeper

    The season finale of Dancing with the Has-Beens couldn’t even beat a regular Voice results show. Ha ha ha!!

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