May 28, 2012


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NBC dominated the broadcast networks on the first Monday of the summer season with a 1.9 rating from 8-11 pm, although NBC will come in behind ESPN which aired Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat (that rating to be released later today along with the other cable networks). America’s Got Talent scored a 2.7 preliminary rating from 8-9 pm, the top-rated network program last night (although down from a 3.2 in the same hour last week and down from the nearest comparable episode last year, a 4.3 rating from 8-10 pm on Tuesday, May 31, 2011).  American Ninja Warrior settled down to a 2.0 from 9-10 pm (still beating the broadcast competition in the hour but down from last week’s 2.4 premiere rating).  A repeat Grimm at 10 pm (0.9 rating) finished in second place behind a repeat Hawaii Five-O on CBS.  The 1.9 rating from 8-11 pm was up sharply from a third-place 1.1 rating last year on the same night:  Minute to Win It repeat (0.9), Law & Order Criminal Intent (1.0) and Law & Order Los Angeles (1.5).  

ABC struggled to a second-place 1.5 rating for the night.  The Bachelorette was leveled by AGT, averaging a 1.8 rating from 8-10 pm (down from a 2.4 last week and down from a 2.2 on the same night last year).  A repeat Castle averaged a 0.8 rating at 10 pm, finishing third in the hour.  Last year on this night, ABC averaged a first-place 2.3 rating with Bachelorette (2.2) and Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition (2.4).  

CBS finished in third place with a 1.2 rating from 8-11 pm with repeats of its normal schedule: How I Met Your Mother (1.1), 2 Broke Girls (1.1), Two and a Half Men (1.3), Mike & Molly (1.2) and Hawaii Five-O (1.2).  Last year on this night, CBS was also in third place with a slightly higher 1.4 rating from 8-11 pm repeats: How I Met Your Mother (1.4), Mad Love (1.3), Two and a Half Men (1.6), Mike & Molly (1.6) and Hawaii Five-O (1.3).

FOX finished in fourth place with a 0.8 rating from two House repeats (0.7 at 8 pm and 0.8 at 9 pm).  Last year was very similar on this night: 0.9 rating from 8-10 pm also with two repeat House episodes (each a 0.9 rating).

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.