ABC Drama Sinks to Historic Ratings Low

Dec 4, 2012  •  Post A Comment

An ABC drama series sank to an all-time low in the ratings as the network found itself mired in fifth place among broadcast networks Monday night, based on Nielsen overnight figures.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that ABC’s “Castle” fell three-tenths of a ratings point from its previous original episode to a 1.7 average rating in the key 18-49 demo, the lowest number ever for the series. ABC’s two installments of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” were also off the pace, with the 8 p.m. episode delivering a 0.9 and the 9 p.m. program managing a 1.1 — both below the 1.3 mark set by last week’s premiere.

The top show of the night was NBC’s two-hour “The Voice” with a 3.9 in viewers 18-49, down three-tenths from last week’s 4.2. The network’s holiday special “Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas” came through with a 2.8 to help NBC win the night.

CBS saw its entire prime-time lineup slip from last week’s highs: “How I Met Your Mother” was down three-tenths to a 3.0 in viewers 18-49, “2 Broke Girls” was off six-tenths to a 3.5, “Mike & Molly” fell a half-point to a 3.1 and “Hawaii Five-0” slipped one-tenth to a 2.2.

Fox was also down, with “Bones” dropping a half-point in 18-49 to a 1.9 average and “The Mob Doctor” down three-tenths to a 0.8.

For prime time overall, NBC was No. 1 in the 18-49 demo with a 3.5 average rating, followed by CBS (2.7 average), Univision (1.6), Fox (1.4) and ABC (1.2). NBC also led total viewers, averaging 11.0 million to 8.9 million for CBS, 5.8 million for ABC, 5.3 million for Fox and 3.8 million for Univision.

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