Ratings: Grimm's Return Scares Up Best Demo Since Debut, Largest Audience Since January

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A little bit of intra-Olympics promotion coupled with a splashier, temporary Monday time slot led NBC’s Grimm to its second-highest demo rating ever, trailing only the series’ October 2011 launch.

Grimm opened Season 2 with a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, up 25 percent from its freshman finale (which aired on a Friday). Its 5.7 million total viewers, meanwhile, represents the show’s largest audience since Jan. 20.

The NBC drama’s series premiere last fall played to 6.5 million viewers while scoring a 2.1 rating.

Grimm will continue to unspool new episodes on the next three Mondays, before settling back into its Fridays-at-9 slot starting Sept. 21.

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Leading into Grimm, the premiere of NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes drew a 1.7 rating, down 15 percent from American Ninja Warrior three weeks ago yet attracting a few more eyeballs (with an audience of 5.15 mil).

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Over on Fox, Hotel Hell premiered with a 1.9 demo rating, down sharply from Hell’s Kitchen‘s pre-Olympics tally but nonetheless representing the highest-rated debut of any network series this summer. HK led out of HH with a 2.7, up a tenth from its aforementioned performance.

ABC’s Bachelor Pad (4.06 mil/1.2) understandably enjoyed gains over its Olympics-impaired numbers but was down double digits from its last regular outing airing July 23; same applies to The Glass House (2.1 mil/0.7).

What were you tuned into this Monday night? (Age-old reminder: Cable numbers come in much, much later.)

Comments (37)

  • Loved Grimm’s Season Premier :)

    Comment by adambramble – August 14, 2012 08:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It really was a fantastic premiere, and Nick’s mom is awesome! The woman can kick butt and she’s got sass so she doesn’t come off as stiff. The actress is doing an amazing job playing her. I can’t wait to see more this season!

      Comment by ishivi – August 14, 2012 08:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i expected a little bit more in the viewers

    Comment by mc joãozinho (@joaotc) – August 14, 2012 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aww, I was hoping for a bigger boost, but a 2.0 is great for the show. Hope the show gained a couple more new fans last night.

    Comment by dryedmangoez – August 14, 2012 08:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t help but wonder what would have happened if NBC had put this much promotion into other non-reality based shows. I think Awake and a few others wouldn’t have gotten the ax so quick and NBC wouldn’t look so stupid.

    Comment by Jennifer – August 14, 2012 08:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • NBC actually did quite a bit of promotion for Awake, even promoing it during the Super Bowl.

      Comment by Oliver – August 14, 2012 09:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah, sadly though they mostly promoted it on NBC and nobody watches that network anymore.

        Comment by Sam Malone – August 17, 2012 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If Grimm could only muster 5.7 million with numerous commercials during the Olympics and absolutely zero competition, then it needs to be cancelled…especially since good shows like the Sing-Off were cancelled, running in that same time slot with zero advertisement brought in the same numbers with heavier competition! This isn’t a complaint against Grimm, but a complaint against NBC for cancelling good shows and keeping trashy ones like Love in the Wild…

    Comment by Ann – August 14, 2012 09:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re saying you don’t like that NBC cancels good shows and airs trashy ones – so then why should Grimm be canceled? Also, what does a supernatural procedural have to do with another crappy reality singing competition?

      Comment by Lauren – August 14, 2012 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The thing is, GRIMM is not a reality competition, it’s a supernatural, procedural drama, and it’s on NBC. The bosses are doing a happy dance with hese numbers right now, and thanking the Gods for them. Grimm will probably be one of the first shows to be renewed again. It’s NBC’s new golden egged chicken and they value it. They aren’t cancelling it any time soon, especially with 2.0 demos.

      Comment by abbyoftroy – August 14, 2012 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Argh!!! Come on Ann, the 5.7 doesn’t matter…it’s the demo. It’s only about the demo. And I’m very sorry the Sing Off show you liked was cancelled. I’ll refrain from wishing cancellation on another show though.

      Comment by ratings troll – August 17, 2012 03:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh man, I wish they would keep Grimm on Monday nights. It did really well on Friday nights but imagine what could happen if they left it on a night that people actually stay home and watch TV.

    Comment by Debbie Bitz – August 14, 2012 09:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They wouldn’t dare. On Monday nights it would be up against Castle and Hawaii Five-0 (I’m forgetting another hot shot, aren’t I?). It would hurt Grimm’s audience even more. It’s probably better for the show to be one of people’s few options and be on DVR than to be up against the big names.

      Comment by abbyoftroy – August 14, 2012 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • True. Although, Friday nights may be good for this type of genre. Supernatural and Fringe did ok on these nights. Now that we are discussing that, I am fearing how Supernatural will do on Wen. nights… lol

        Comment by Debbie Bitz – August 14, 2012 12:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Wednesdays are boring,even though SPN is junk it will do okay.

          Comment by Shaun – August 14, 2012 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m really glad I no longer have to watch Grimm online because it interfered with my Supernatural/Fringe schedule.

    Comment by Velvet – August 14, 2012 09:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I hope it doesn’t interfere with Lost Girl when it moves to Friday’s. If it does, I can record Lost Girl at a later time.

      Comment by Velvet – August 14, 2012 09:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so glad Rosalee is a regular. She and Monroe are so awesome together. When are they going to really get together?????

    Comment by Velvet – August 14, 2012 09:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Rosalee as a regular was the only thing that was missing for the show to be perfect. A character like her, a girl with spunk, attitude and lots of personality (sorry, Juliette — but so far, all she’s really been is Nick’s girlfriend). She makes the show complete <3

      Comment by abbyoftroy – August 14, 2012 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s because they moved it from FRIDAY!

    Comment by Liz Thompson Attaway – August 14, 2012 09:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Supernatural is moving to Wednesday in October.

    Comment by Velvet – August 14, 2012 09:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was actually at ABC Family watchin Secret Life and Love & Hip Hop Atlanta at 8:00. At 9:00 I was watchin Bunheads and The Closer and at 10:00 I watched Grimm and Major Crimes.

    Comment by Kissan – August 14, 2012 09:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Are they going to rerun these 4 episodes starting on September 14th, or are they going to premiere with episode 5?

    Comment by Hawker – August 14, 2012 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Episode 5.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – August 14, 2012 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ratings for The Closer,Major Crimes or Bunheads?

    Comment by S – August 14, 2012 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Never mind. Reading reminders helps ;)

      Comment by S – August 14, 2012 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes please!!! I loved bunheads last night and the closer finale too

      Comment by Anna – August 14, 2012 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Alphas on Syfy!

    Comment by MusicGrrrl – August 14, 2012 10:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s just going to take awhile for NBC to convince viewers it can have great shows. Since the ER glory days, people have gotten used to crap or invested in shows they liked and had NBC cancel them and usually put up something crappy in it’s place. USA owned by NBC Universal is doing a better job of putting up new shows and keeping them.

    Comment by Fralia Boy – August 14, 2012 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Stars and Stripes was not as cheesy as I thought. I liked it. The Celebs are genuinely grateful to the service men and now have an appreciation of what they do.

    But I am anxiously awaiting Teen Wolf numbers. The Wolves and the Canama on MTV put NBC Grimms “Creatures” to shame.

    Comment by GD – August 14, 2012 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NBC’s problem is that they have nothing to establish a beachhead early in the night. There is nothing that people tune in to watch and then stay around to watch what comes on next. This has killed Community, Parks and Rec, and others. If NBC could’ve gotten 15 million to sample anyone of those shows, that show would be hit. But when only 5 or 6 mil sample it, the numbers just suck.

    Grimm is a good show. And if there is a higher power, every Reality Singing show will be canceled.

    Comment by Patrick – August 14, 2012 11:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think it’s tough to get viewers to catch a season 2 premiere if they have not watched season one.

    Comment by Jake – August 14, 2012 01:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m confused, Grimm’s 2nd season is expected to have 22 episodes but with the premiere being so early in the season are they going to take an extended hiatus at some point or wrap things early in the spring??

    Comment by Will – August 14, 2012 02:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t know about Nick’s mom. She looked sketchy to me… like she is not really there for the reasons she says. I thought she was just there to get the coins for herself until she gave them back and told him to hide them. Unless that was just a trick too. heh

    Comment by The Squatch – August 14, 2012 06:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought exactly the same! And the idea “she is not her real mom” cross my mind once or twice during the episode. But after seeing the new promo I think she is really worry about him.

      Comment by Mary – August 14, 2012 06:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Grimm’s premiere was awesome. Its like the cast + writers came back with a new found sense of confidence. I hope they can keep this new excitement up all season cause I’m loving all the groundwork they laid in this episode (the families, the huge mythos).

    Comment by itsme – August 15, 2012 06:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Considering most people are still in the tv summer hiatus mode, I think Grimm’s ratings were pretty good. I think this will be a good year for the show, which really seems to be hitting its stride. My only hope is that the CGI gets a little better. I’m a little worried when it goes back to Fridays because it will interfere with Fringe and Nikita, but at least Nikita doesn’t start until October and Fringe’s final season is a short one.

    Comment by Mikael – August 15, 2012 09:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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