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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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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    Not surprised THE VOICE is going down. Once the turning chair gimmick round is over, people lose interest. IDOL’s ratings don’t look so bad anymore…. Also an IDOL finalist won DWTS, another IDOL success story.

  • Jay

    Wow, awful for Grimm.

  • Benjamin Glatt


    How is a consistent audience that is really good for Fridays (where Grimm will be airing in the fall) awful, exactly? It was only put on Tuesdays to replace whatever terrible show got cancelled (I forget which one). It’s not going anywhere if it stays on Fridays: it has spot-on writing and a dedicated fan base that will follow it anywhere. Seriously, if they keep writing episodes like season 2’s, the audience won’t lose interest any time soon.


    This SYTYCD show is great and its doing fine! It will be renewed at these numbers hands down.
    (Adjusted to 2.0!).

    Additionally,the show rocks.

  • Jon

    Grimm is doing just fine. People need to calm down. First of all the audience that watches the Voice is more than likely not the same audience that will find Grimm appealing. I know several people who watch the voice, but would never watch a show like Grimm. The show is not for everyone, and the assumed content alone would steer many people from tuning it on in the first place. I am a huge fan of the show, but of course was very skeptical about it before I started watching season 1. Bottom line is, this is a show with hard core followers, and not a show that is going to latch onto many new viewers this late in the game. Because let’s face it if you haven’t watched it from the beginning why turn it on now, and only be that much more lost in what is going on.

  • Jon

    @TVLog…..they rebroadcast the voice because it can garner better ratings than anything else they can put in those time slots.

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