NBC’s ‘Rock Center’ Opens With a Whimper in the Ratings

Nov 1, 2011  •  Post A Comment

All eyes were on NBC’s new newsmagazine Monday night — except those of the viewers, according to the show’s Nielsen ratings.

The show pulled a feeble 1.0 overnight rating in the key 18-49 demo, TVbytheNumbers.com reports. The weak result was expected, and left the show in last place in the three-network race in the 10 p.m. time slot. CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0” and ABC’s “Castle” tied for first in the hour with 2.9 average ratings.

For the night, CBS came out on top in the 18-49 demo with a 3.8 average rating, topping ABC (2.7 average), Fox (2.3), Univision (1.3) and NBC (1.2). ABC won total viewers with an average of 13.9 million, ahead of CBS (11.3 million), Fox (6.5 million), NBC (4.3 million) and Univision (3.0 million).

The highest-rated show of the night on the broadcast nets was CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” at 9 p.m. with a 4.7 average rating in adults 18-49, a 15% drop from the week before.

CBS’s comedy lineup, while it was strong enough to win the night, was down across the board, part of a trend at most of the broadcast nets. “How I Met Your Mother” was off 5% to a 4.1 in 18-49, “2 Broke Girls” fell 7% to a 4.2 and “Mike & Molly” dipped 10% to a 3.8.

Fox’s “Terra Nova” struggled, falling 25% to a series low 2.1 in adults 18-49.

Also seeing a series low was NBC’s two-hour “The Sing-Off,” down 7% to a 1.4 average.

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