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[05/22/12 - 08:46 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Falls Short in Tight Race With ABC, NBC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for monday, may 21, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

NBC (7.23 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) took home top demo honors on a competitive Monday thanks to a new "America's Got Talent" (9.53 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) and a two-hour "American Ninja Warrior" (6.08 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T4).

ABC (10.63 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) then claimed the silver with the penultimate "Dancing With the Stars" (16.45 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3) and a two-hour "The Bachelorette" (7.73 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T4).

Next up was FOX (7.42 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) with its "House Retrospective" (6.15 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6) followed by the series finale of "House" (8.70 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.71 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up repeats of "How I Met Your Mother" (4.08 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11), "2 Broke Girls" (4.65 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9), "Two and a Half Men" (7.18 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6) and "Mike & Molly" (6.38 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8) plus the special "Clash of the Commercials: USA vs the World" (5.98 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10).

And finally, encores of "One Tree Hill" (0.60 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a second "One Tree Hill" (0.52 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.56 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Hill" delivered a 0.4 rating at 8:00/7:00c and a 0.4 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+31.82% - House
+9.38% - Dancing With the Stars
-5.14% - The Bachelorette
-14.48% - America's Got Talent

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+106.67% - America's Got Talent (vs. Minute to Win It)
+65.52% - American Ninja Warrior (vs. The Event/Law & Order: LA)
+45.00% - House (vs. The Chicago Code)
-14.29% - The Bachelorette
-30.00% - Clash of the Commercials: USA vs the World
-39.13% - Dancing With the Stars
-39.39% - House Retrospective (vs. House)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/23/11):

ABC (13.56 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with a new "Dancing With the Stars" (22.15 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) followed by the return of "The Bachelorette" (9.27 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3).

FOX (7.97 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then claimed the silver with the season finales of "House" (8.90 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) and "The Chicago Code" (7.03 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T5).

Next up was CBS (6.32 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with repeats of "How I Met Your Mother" (4.64 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8), another "How I Met Your Mother" (4.14 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8), "Two and a Half Men" (8.04 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4), "Mike & Molly" (7.21 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7) and the new special "Clash of the Commercials: USA vs the World" (6.96 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.94 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) offered up a new "Minute to Win It" (4.30 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8), the season finale of "The Event" (4.57 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8) and a new "Law & Order: LA" (5.95 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #12).

And finally, repeats of "90210" (0.67 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Gossip Girl" (0.52 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (0.60 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Law & Order: LA (27.30%), The Event (15.40%), The Chicago Code (5.30%), Dancing With the Stars (4.50%), House (-5.70%).

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.0/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 1.0/4; "Nightline," 1.1/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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