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Ratings News - 8th May 2012 *Full Tables Added*

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Metered Market Monday Ratings
Positive Results for the Big 3

Monday 5/07/12
Metered Market Results

ABC 10.5/16
CBS 6.5/10
NBC 5.9/ 9
Fox 4.3/ 6
CW 1.1/ 2


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Monday 5/09/11
NBC: +90, CBS: +27, Fox: - 7, CW: -15, ABC: -16


Dancing With the Stars (ABC), 2 Broke Girls (CBS), The Voice (NBC), Two and a Half Men (CBS), Mike & Molly (CBS), Castle (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
Gossip Girl (CW), House (Fox), Hart of Dixie (CW)


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy opening week overnight victory for ABC, which bested No. 2 CBS by 62 percent. But either CBS or NBC is the network to beat among adults 18-49.

Dancing With the Stars on ABC, which will feature the elimination of two contestants tonight, took top-rated overnight honors for the evening with an 11.6/18 from 8-10 p.m. And that led into the season-finale of crime solver Castle at a dominant (and above average) 8.4/14 at 10 p.m. Although facing The Voice cost Dancing With the Stars some audience (-19 percent year-to-year last night), the success of the Big 3 networks on Monday proves that there is room for three hit series in a time period.

Here is the half-hour breakdown for Dancing With the Stars:

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
8:00 p.m.: 10.9/17 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 11.4/17 (#1)
9:00 p.m.: 12.2/18 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 12.0/18 (#1)

Who do you think will be leaving Dancing With the Stars tonight? http://tinyurl.com/7jyno8k

In other season-ending news, a one-hour edition of sitcom 2 Broke Girls on CBS, featuring guest star Martha Stewart, tied the first half of NBC’s The Voice with a second-place 6.5/10 from 8-9 p.m. Compared to year-ago occupants How I Met Your Mother (4.7/ 7 on 5/09/11) and Mad Love (3.6/ 6), this was an increase of a hefty 57 percent. And it was a very positive season one finale for breakout hit 2 Broke Girls.

Next on CBS was Two and a Half Men, which finished second in the 9 p.m. half-hour with a 7.6/11, followed by compatible Mike & Molly (#3: 6.7/10) and Hawaii Five-O (#2: 6.0/10) from 9:30-11 p.m. Expect a new sitcom to potentially step into the Monday 8:30 p.m. half-hour in place of 2 Broke Girls, which is likely to shift to Thursday next season.

Over at NBC, the final live performance show of The Voice for the season scored a very solid 6.7/10 from 8-10 p.m., which was its best overnight average since April 2. Expect The Voice to finish first overall for the evening among adults 18-49. Here is the half-hour breakdown:

The Voice (NBC)
8:00 p.m.: 6.4/10 (#2)
8:30 p.m.: 6.7/10 (#2)
9:00 p.m.: 6.9/10 (#3)
9:30 p.m.: 6.8/10 (#2)

Tonight, of course, is The Voice season-ender.

At 10 p.m., Smash on NBC, which concludes its first season next Monday, finished third with a 4.4/ 7. While 65 percent retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of The Voice is nothing extraordinary, hats off to NBC for airing Smash uninterrupted and giving it an early second season renewal. This is exactly how a network should treat a series it believes in.

Elsewhere, Fox populated this first Monday in May with Bones (#4: 4.6/ 7) and House (#4: 4.0/ 6), which officially concludes on May 21. And The CW aired its regular line-up of Gossip Girl (#5: 1.0/ 2) and Hart of Dixie (#5: 1.2/ 2), which are both waiting word on their fates. Chances are The CW will grant Gossip Girl one final season to bid officially adieu, while Hart of Dixie will be set loose.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Source: Marc Berman@TVMediaInsights

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