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

Categories: '

Written By

May 22nd, 2013

Grimm season 2 finale

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.

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.

  • Twinn

    “Looks like NBC isn’t wasting any time getting into tv…”

    OK. Comment of the day?

  • bjssp


    Around here, we often shorten the titles for shows and/or leave off the quotation marks. In my comment, TV meant The Voice, not television itself.

  • GG

    LOL @ people here. Grimm is going back to fridays and it holds its steady 1.4 – 1.7 demos on that night, which is BIG.

  • r0ckmypants

    @bjssp – I didn’t miss your point. I just pointed out that your point was ridiculous. Shows get what they get. Grimm has gotten more chances to find a new audience than the vast majority of shows on the air. Most shows get one timeslot, and if they fail then they’re done. NBC has tried to bring new viewers to Grimm, but it remains that there is still just a core group watching; it may fluctuate (La Llorona episode, first episode post-The Voice, first episode after the Olympics), but it’s not like Grimm is still rising/falling. It’s flat. What difference would a full season of this same result make? And why should it get a full season to do so? Its ratings are great for Friday, especially considering it’s on NBC. Why would they want to do decently on a night like Tuesday when they can do great on a Friday?

  • Fake Me Out

    The Grimm haters/baiters can go on all they want but the fact is Grimm was renewed for a 3rd season, and therefore a strong likelyhood of a 4th season as well, and it’s going back to Fridays where it belongs … which means if the ratings hold we may even see a 5th, 6th or even a 7th season! Considering this show was supposed to be pulled before it’s 13th episode … the 44 we have now and the 22+ more coming is just fantastic. Sub 2.x is not great, but on NBC on a Friday it’s good enough and I’ll take the episodes and enjoy them … those who hate the show can enjoy posting online rants that at least amuse me while letting them vent … win-win.

    And all the “fans” who demanded it move you got your wish, it was tried on Mondays and Tuesdays and it’s ratings on those days would likely have condemned it to cancellation … can we now forget all about this moving it from Fridays BS and just rejoice in it’s renewal and moving back home?

  • CrimTV

    The Voice always dips a lot in the Spring Cycle, this happened last year too even with the Super Bowl premiere

  • It’s Opposite Day

    The Voice consistently turns out superstar singers with hit albums.

  • Jon

    Do people realize it is mid may? All shows drop, and the voice is no exception. For people calling for is demise you will be very unhappy come fall when its back up in the high 4’s in the demo. That being said I think the show is boring and could use a retool. I do like Shakira. She brings a certain amount of class to the show that the arrogant me first Christina Aguilera couldn’t. Shakira actually cares for and mentors her people, without worrying about her image first and the contestants second like Agulera does.

  • bjssp


    We obviously have a fundamental difference of opinion here.

    The overall audience numbers tell me that lots of people still haven’t watched Grimm. They might never get into it, but if it was stuck after a higher rated series, like TV, for an entire season, they might.

    I agree it’s doing great for Fridays, and ideally, it’ll continue to do great, especially now that it’s paired with similar shows. I just think it could do better on another night. As I said in the past, I think a Wednesday of Believe, Grimm, and Revolution would have been good for NBC. It’s also quite a bit younger than something like SVU, and at the very least, I believe there would be no difference between the two if they switched positions. If there is, I think Grimm would do better than SVU, which would be better for NBC overall.

  • Bella Bellini

    Amazing season finale for Grimm! Probably one of the best episodes of the entire series.

    The only way Grimm would get higher ratings is if they lighten it up and make it more of a family show like Once Upon a Time. And that would be awful. Grimm is a success for a niche show. Thank goodness there is some variety on network TV.


    That’s still solid for the voice about 10 million viewers. Starting next week it will have no competition so I am expecting solid ratings all the way through the June finale.

  • gerry

    LOLZ @ Opposite Day

  • AL

    Grimm’s such an inane show, it weirds me out it managed to get such a loyal fanbase, but I feel bad begrudging NBC their (very few) semi-successes.

  • Rich

    I’m one of those loyal “The Voice” viewers whose dreading the return of Xtina,her clown costumes(with the twins always spilling out),the awful makeup. And don’t get me started on Cee-lo,whose Vegas show sucked. Pity Shakira isn’t staying,but coming back next spring…yay. Could also do without Usher’s smugness,with his leg on the chair,acting like he’s king of the show.

    Well,at least the bromance with Adam and Blake will go on unshaken.

    And,of course,the show will adjust up in the final numbers later.

  • aiden

    Xtina ALWAYS kept The Voice in the headlines each season, Shakira & Usher don’t have that star power Xtina does. That may have something to do with it, but as a loyal Voice viewer the live shows this season have been so boring!

  • Benjamin Glatt

    I’m wondering what about ‘Grimm’ you find so inane. To me, it’s hitting the right notes by being an interesting, and more importantly somewhat fresh concept and its dark mood helps differentiate it from OUAT, which is about the only other show with the same sort of core concept.

  • Casey

    The Flop, I mean The Voice is finally going down. It was only a matter of time but I never knew it was going to be this fast.

  • Debsafan

    I was afraid for Grimm being up against DWTS. Maybe NBC will learn to leave things alone and keep Grimm on Fridays. It was doing good there.. I went back and forth between Grimm and DWTS and recorded Grimm, to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

  • TVLog

    Attention NBC Stop repeat the voice! No more rebroadcast last week episodes! Please! Stop Broadcast Mondays and Tuesdays on Sundays!

  • The End

    Unrelated to the ratings at hand, but thought it was worth mentioning. If anyone has seen the finale of Kitchen Nightmares, specifically the one about Amy’s Baking Company, you may of heard that Fox has hit them with a potential lawsuit, kinda funny actually..


    Don’t worry about Grimm, it’s doing fine and will be on the air many years to come. These Tuesday numbers won’t affect the shows renewal chances in the future.

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures