Monday Ratings: The Voice, DWTS, Smash Hit Series Lows

Ratings are in from TV By The Numbers

CBS marked its first Monday win since the season premiere of The Voice as How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly were each up a tenth of an adults 18-49 rating point from their last originals.

The Voice fell 8% from last Monday and marked a new series low for a performance show with a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. Smash fell 10% to a series low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Dancing with the Stars dropped 16% to a series low for a performance show with a 2.7 adults 18-49 ratingCastle was up 14% from two weeks ago to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating

Dancing with the Stars averaged 15.85M viewers, The Voice averaged 9.4M viewers and Smash 5.40M

8:00

NBC The Voice 3.3/9 9.23
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.2/10 7.89
ABC Dancing with the Stars 2.5/7 15.01
FOX Bones 1.9/6 7.01
CW Gossip Girl 0.6/2 1.05

8:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.5/9 9.14

9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 3.7/9 11.25
NBC The Voice 3.6/9 9.58
ABC Dancing with the Stars 2.8/7 16.67
FOX House 2.1/5 6.57
CW Hart Of Dixie 0.6/1 1.31

9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 3.2/8 10.23

10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.5/6 10.76
ABC Castle 2.4/6 11.38
NBC Smash 1.8/5 5.40

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Wow.  It appears that the Voice ratings decline continues.  I hate to see what the finale numbers will look like next week.  

  • Allison

    Surprised that DWTS was down. I have been working late the last couple of weeks, so I’ve missed all but the last half hour of DWTS, but this week I watched the whole show and it was really good. Derek & Maria’s paso was breathtaking. I’ve given up on the Voice since the battle rounds.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    The Voice yesterday didn’t have any gimmicks, cheesy dancers or bad singing. The only reason for this serie’s low is is an increasing disinterest for singing competitions.

  • Hazehel

    Wow.  It appears that the Voice ratings decline continues.  I hate to see what the finale numbers will look like next week.

    Is next week the finale already?  That’s quick.  The finale number should go up (I think the finale for most shows goes up), if it doesn’t then the show is in trouble.    It seems to rely too much on the gimmicks of the swivelling chair of the audition round, the show need to think of better ways to keep the viewer engage after the audition.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Yep.  The finale is one week from today.  mj posted the lineup of performers for next Tuesday yesterday here.  I do agree that it does seem like this season has gone by very quickly.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    But the only way people would know that is if they tuned in to The Voice this week in the first place.  If people are tuning out because of gimmicks, cheesy dancers and/or bad singing, and I’m not necessarily saying they are, they would be likely basing their opinions not on what was on The Voice last night, but what was on the show the few weeks prior.  I would think last night’s ratings would express more of a distaste with last week as opposed to it being any sort of judgment of the quality of last night.

  • Hazehel

    I’m wondering if the viewers have become too familiarized with the Idol format where there is a long final rounds and the viewers can get to know the contestants slowly, which might benefit the contestants in their post-show career.  The Voice should consider making the voting rounds a couple of weeks longer. 

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I wonder if NBC will change its mind about airing this in the fall.

  • Hazehel

    I don’t think there would be any problem airing the show in the fall, but it would be a serious mistake to air it in both in the fall and the spring in a single season.   The gimmick of the chair can get old pretty quickly if they air it twice in a season. 

  • Anonymous

    Very sad to hear the news about SMASH. I thought last night was one of their better episodes.  Entertainment Weekly  said SMASH was NBC’s highest rated scripted series, so I guess that is why is was renewed, otherwise it would have probably gone out the door the way EW is predicting the rest of the NBC dramas will. (Although Harry’s Law is still on the bubble).

    I thought when I saw the heavy promotion for Hawaii Five-O’s two parter when I was watching the CBS comedies that it would probably cut into SMASH’s audience. But I am a bit surprised by Castle’s jump. That is what I watched if I was home prior to SMASH but I haven’t caught an episode this season and I haven’t missed it a bit.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    The fall will end up being a shorter season, right? I think that works better with this show. And yes, I think twice a year would be a big mistake.

    I’m not sure if it can stand up to XF in its current state. Do you think people will come back again for the spinning chairs? If XF really does land Britney, things could get real interesting.

  • Valentin432

    There’s a real problem in the United States of overcrowding the market.

    Truth is, in most countries the idol series have ended at least a couple of years ago and the X Factor isn’t as widespread as Idol was in its glory days, the other big singing competition format Star Academy is also quite old and doesn’t exist in too many markets anymore.

    To my knowledge, the USA is the only country with an Idol, X Factor and The Voice series all going on during the same year.

  • Kitwana

    Ratings wise, XFactor, the Voice and Smash definitely failed to meet the expectations set by all the hype. XFactor and the Voice were supposed to be Idol killers. Smash was promoted like crazy and gets a 1.8 with 5.4 million viewers? Sad. Seems like Kat McPhee never gets a break.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    I tuned out of the Voice weeks ago and just tuned back in last night to see who were the final 8. I FF thru a lot of it. The focus on the judges careers is a turn off, for me. And the format of knowing 1 of 2 great people on one team, like Cee Lo’s has to be eliminated makes me crazy.

  • Anonymous

    Once they got rid of Pip & James they lost the ‘tween’ viewers…..    JMO….

  • Incipit

     

    ” XFactor and the Voice were supposed to be Idol killers.”

    Yes, they were, weren’t they. At the moment, seems like the only way to see Idol totally killed in the ratings is if it commits Harakiri – although maybe Cowell is counting on Britney Spears in a Xena costume. With real spears.

     

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I hate that too. Once they get to the top 8 I feel the 4 highest vote getters should advance no matter what team they are from.

    Valentin432, I had not realized we were the only country with 3 of these on at the same time. That says a lot.

    LMAO @ Incipit!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SOTPQXV7B4SLMWKSXNOTTLG43I Chistosa

    But it was to be expected.  Smash was scheduled against Castle (very popular) and Hawaii 5-0 (popular).  Very hard to hold on against those two, especially beginning late into the year.     As far as the Voice and X Factor,  I couldn’t tolerate them so I watch Idol.   Now there are far too many voice competitions and a new one starting with Duets.   There are only so many one can take.

  • Anonymous

    The Voice yesterday didn’t have any gimmicks, cheesy dancers or bad singing. The only reason for this serie’s low is is an increasing disinterest for singing competitions.

    I doubt that’s the main reason, since AI’s ratings have been very stable this season.  People wouldn’t have known that the episode was relatively gimmick free without actually taking the time to watch it, so I think that it’s more likely that all of the gimmicks, the bad singing, and the failure to put the focus on the contestants is the reason why The Voice’s ratings continue to fall.

    I watched some of the first hour last night, and while the singing was good, it seemed like the intro packages showed the contestants’ families praising and talking up the mentors more than the contestants.  The producers have made the decision to make the show about the mentors, even giving them a say in who makes the final four, but that’s a mistake, one that the X Factor made too.  The ratings for both shows are still pretty good, but the format means that people won’t become attached to the contestants, so they won’t become loyal viewers.

  • Anonymous

    As far as bad singing goes, Erin and Jermaine were pretty bad last night. Jamar and Juliet were good, not great, and the rest were mediocre. This group pales in comparison to idol’s group this year and it shows. The manipulation is also worse than idol’s.

  • Anonymous

    I have gotten to the point to where I dvr the voice, so I can spare myself the agony of listening to the judges continuous banter.  The show seems to be more about them then anything else. There are some really decent singers on the show and that is what I want to listen to not the judges.

  • Anonymous

    The reason Idol is doing well thus season is because they chose good singers who are evenly matched this year. Next year could be a different story

    The Voice producers need to rethink their elination rules.

  • Anonymous

    Britney is heavily medicated now, so she is very dull in interviews now. She also would never be critical towards anybody because she is nice. They will try to hype up the Britney thing like they did with the Simon/Paula reunion and I think it will end up being another disappointment for Simon.

  • larc

    Simon chose Britney with his eyes wide open and in spite of her history.  If she doesn’t work out, he will have only himself to blame.  Although something tells me all of us would be in line for blame before Simon would accept any responsibility for himself.

  • Pixie Baker

    I can’t speak about the other shows, but last night was the end for me watching Smash.  I tried, I really did!!!! because I love music and Broadway but last night’s episode was so disjointed and dull for me that I turned it off.  I have no interest in finding out what happens….just a very bizarre  show for me.  (and I found Kat lacking in acting talent.)

  • Hazehel

    The reason Idol is doing well thus season is because they chose good singers who are evenly matched this year.

    Idol isn’t doing well this year.  It’s still down ~30% in the 18/49 demo from last year.  It’s holding steadyish the last few episodes, that’s about the best you can say.  

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Stable ratings are still better than continually falling ratings.  The fact that Idol is down, but relatively stabilized is a good thing IMO.  The fact that The Voice is still falling should be far more worrisome to NBC, particularly as it’s nearing the finale.   

    As ratings are down across the board, I might be in the small group that doesn’t find Idol’s ratings really all that troubling.  That is, as long as they hold about where they are at for the rest of the season. 

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I think its something of a mixed bag. In some ways troubling, but in some ways reassuring.

    Given the talent show oversaturation, a drop beyond the usual 10-15% seems reasonable. I would have been happy with ~20%. 30% is huge.

    On the other hand, considering it started the season with a 27% drop, and considering it got even worse during the run up to the live shows, holding to a 30% drop now shows that AI did at least retain the people who were still interested at the start of the year fairly well. And it is still the highest rated show of its type, none of the others look poised to catch up anytime soon.

    Of course, the real problem is next year. Can they stop the erosion (or at least stay in pace with the overall drop in TV viewership) or are we in for another bloodletting? **cue dramatic music**

  • Anonymous

    Where it matters, most weeks it’s still the highest rated show period.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    You know what would be crazy? If Idol still ends up the number one show in the demo despite the fact that The Voice will be allowed to count its Superbowl episode in its average. I used to think that had no chance of happening but with their finale looking like it might not crack a 4 while Idol’s likely to be much higher… AI just might pull it off.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    I’m wondering if the viewers have become too familiarized with the Idol format where there is a long final rounds and the viewers can get to know the contestants slowly, which might benefit the contestants in their post-show career.  The Voice should consider making the voting rounds a couple of weeks longer.

    I think that’s exactly the direction the show needs to go in.  We have a lot backstories going on with these people but as far as really getting to “know” them, we aren’t.  No wonder these people fade from public consciousness so quickly.  Even with AI’s flaws, we are getting to know these kids just a little bit more each week as they advance.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Here are last night’s final ratings adjustments from tvbythenumbers.

    Dancing with the Stars, How I Met Your Mother, Bones  and 2 Broke Girls were each adjusted up a tenth, while Castle was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus Monday’s preliminary ratings.

    8:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars (8-10PM) 2.8/7 16.20

  • Anonymous

     I do not think they should air The Voice twice in a season. I think that is a mistake. I do like the show but that is too much. I never liked Smash so I am not surprised about their ratings.

  • Kylee

     Its doing well enough to be the number 1 rated show…

  • Anonymous

    I’m really trying to be fair here, but I watched Smash the last few weeks and Mcphee’s acting is really stiff and her facial expressions are so one-dimensional and non-expressive, it makes it hard to not get bored out of my mind.  I swear, every time she came on in a new scene, she had the same blank stare as every other scene.  That’s acting??  Sorry Kat…. you need to step back and take a few acting classes and the show should consider replacing her with a better player IMO.  THe other lead, the blond, is a FAR better singer, imo, and a far better actress.

  • Tess

    Totally agree….she just can’t act and there is no depth to her face or her emotion.  Hell, Debra Messing has the “worst” character description on the planet and she still has made her character something other than dry bland day old toast….Kat, not so much.  I even fast forward through the Kat songs.