Ratings: DWTS and Castle Down, The Voice and Sleepy Hollow Rise, Mom and Molly Hit Lows

The First And Last Ride-AlongDancing With the Stars stumbled this week, hitting an all-time demo low for a Monday telecast — with a 1.7 rating — while dipping 9 percent in audience to 12.5 million total viewers.

Castle in turn dropped 6 and two tenths, to 10.1 mil and a 2.0 (per finals).

RELATED | Read TVLine’s Recaps for Dancing With the Stars and Castle


CBS | How I Met Your Mother (8.1 mil/3.1) shed viewers and 9 percent in the demo, 2 Broke Girls (8.2 mil/2.7) ticked up a tenth, Mike & Molly (8.6 mil/2.3) fell 11 percent to an all-time fall low and Mom (7 mil/1.9) slipped a tenth to a series low. Hostages (4.5 mil/1.1) lost some viewers but held steady in the demo.

NBC | The Voice (11.9 mil/3.8) rose two tenths in the demo, while The Blacklist (10.7 mil/3.0) hit a four-week high in audience and ticked up a tenth in the demo. Fun fact: Blacklist packs on, like, an additional 5 million viewers with DVR playback.

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FOX | Bones‘ Monday finale (7.4 mil/2.0) added a few viewers while flat in the demo, and Sleepy Hollow (7 mil/2.6) inched up a tenth.

RELATED | Sleepy Hollow Recap: Getting a Head

THE CW | Hart of Dixie (1.1 mil/0.4) and Beauty and the Beast (750K/0.3) each added a couple eyeballs while flat in the demo.

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  1. Joe says:

    I haven’t figured it out yet but something is different about Mike and Molly I different and I’m not really liking it

    • Carm says:

      The show is now all about her career change at the expense of the supporting characters. I don’t like it either.

      • CountryQueen says:

        Agreed. And it’s so stupidly unrealistic. Yep, just quit a job with bennies and a pension, and then decide to be a writer. You haven’t been writing while you’ve been working, but yeah, start now, The mother-in-laws comment about making room on her bookshelf was great. Keep living in your parents basement, survive on your hubbies salary (which he said was less than your teachers), and keep spending on those credit cards. We came into this show late last season, and fell in love with it. What they have done with it this season is awful.

        • Fallon says:

          ITA. It began as a new start for a pair of overweight, lonely people who came together over a common goal. It’s become an absurd and vulgar slapstick mess. I’ve given up on it.

    • Bob says:

      It’s called “We have a ‘BIG’ star on the show now, so we need to take advantage of it” syndrome. Many shows in the past have done that. For those old enough to remember, “The Fonz” was supposed to be a very minor character on Happy Days. Didn’t even have a leather jacket in his first few episodes. Same with “Urkel” on Family Matters.

  2. Bmc9999 says:

    They have ruined Mike & Molly by trying to make her character like the one in Bridesmaids or Heat. What was great about the show is gone now.

    • april-ann says:

      Totally agree. I’m so disappointed. I loved Molly before but they’ve turned her into the offensive clown characters her portrayer plays on the big screen. They’ve even changed the theme song which used to be nice. The show was tender, sweet and really funny before. Now the whole show is nothing but her loud, obnoxious unfunny stunts with the other characters (including even Mike!) nothing more than window dressing. They have completely destroyed it. I won’t tune in again.

  3. morgan says:

    low ratings for castle should be expected for this week. 3 weeks of Alexis stuff in a row pissed off a lot of viewers. maybe some just decided tuning in wasn’t worth it this week.

    • Mary says:

      Actually, I think it was the opposite…the promo and s.p. didn´t show Alexis or Pi, so no conflict. People may complain about them, but I think conflicts atract more viewers.

    • Blakblank says:

      Agreed 100% Morgan. Maybe the SP didnt show Alexis but nobody knew if she would be in this episode too.

    • Rich Abey says:

      We really can’t point out exactly why the ratings change as they do. For example some fantastic episodes from last season like the fan-favorite comic-con themed episode ‘Final Frontier’ had only 10 million viewers flat, while the horror-themed episode ‘Scared to Death’ which wasn’t exactly a fan-favorite had 11.3 million viewers. All this variation happened despite both episodes being aired outside the viewer-low ‘December-February’ period.

  4. Britt says:

    Am I the only one who was happy that they shot the boyfriend on Hostages? He was working on my last nerve, where Pi from Castle was on.
    And why did we need to see a fly growing out of Hodgins neck and those nasty slugs? The noises they were making me freak out!
    Overall I’m glad my shows are doing well, but I wish Beauty and the Beast was doing better. Jay Ryan is getting hotter by the minute and the show is getting better.

  5. Maki says:

    HoD deserves so much better. Yesterday was great. Hostages was a bit slow yesterday but good overall. I hope CBS gives them a 2nd chance.

    • David says:

      I love Hart of Dixie! It’s nice to have shows like that and Parenthood about real life people without any supernatural elements! It fills the gap One Tree Hill left too!

    • Alice says:

      Hart of Dixie wasn’t on in Miami! All I got was sucky Modern Family re-runs!

  6. RBA says:

    For the first time in a long time I love Bones more than I did Castle. In fact I think this season of Bones is better than Castle.

    • Rich Abey says:

      Really? I’ve been a long time fan of both Bones & Castle too but haven’t felt the same. Sure this is one of the better seasons of Bones in a while but still nothing can top the awesomeness of Castle this season!

  7. Apples says:

    I hope Castle adjusts up in the demo, given how an overrun of DWTS and its awful demo share would affect the numbers.

    • eridapo says:

      Unlikely…. Castle will not adjust up given that it saw a huge drop off in viewers at the half..

      Halves. 10.65 and 2.0 for 10PM and 9.52 and 1.9 at 1030PM

      • Apples says:

        If those are the half-hours, then yes it will not adjust up. However I saw different half-hours posted in the TVBTN comments…

        • eridapo says:

          These are the halves per Marc Berman… The guy that posted the halves at TVBTNS just stole them from Marc Berman without giving Marc Credit. I can tell you that because Marc made a mistake at 10PM which he later corrected, and the mistake is still in the post at TVBTNs. Note… Neither Bill nor Robert (from TVBTN) have posted any halves officially.

      • Apples says:

        Glad to see Castle did adjust up :)

    • eridapo says:

      I was wronged.. Sleepy Hollow, Mike & Molly and Castle were each adjusted up a tenth

  8. Sarah says:

    I’m proud of Bones :) It may have been flat, Matt, but it beat DWTS in its hour and was 3rd. And hopefully it gets adjusted up.

  9. bonesfan says:

    So happy to see The Blacklist go back up..best show on TV. James Spader is absolutely brilliant.

  10. enri says:

    Love the blacklist & sleepy hollow. Two very good shows.

  11. James D says:

    enjoyed Castle last night, loved Hostages. I personally thought that Bones was boring last night. i could of done with out the giving birth to a fly bit as well.

  12. sarah says:

    The Blacklist is such a great show!

  13. meem says:

    How much does Sleepy Hollow add with DVR playbacks? It’s on opposite a very popular LIVE show, so I’m guessing it’s a lot, too.

  14. I wish Hart of Dixie was getting ratings like it was before, at least 1.30 million and a .6 demo, oh well I hope it can do decent on Fridays enough to keep it past season 4.

  15. Graham says:

    ABC should have Monday Night Football in the fall and DWTS in the spring…why they haven’t figured that out is beyond me.

    • P Diddily says:

      You do know that Monday Night Football is on ESPN, right

      • Just one thing says:

        Disney owns both ABC and ESPN. I thought there was some drama, or at least a decent story, behind the MNF move to ESPN whenever that happened. Either way, ABC could use the Nielsens facelift, but I doubt ESPN execs would go for it.

      • eridapo says:

        Believe it or not the reason ABC got rid of MNF back in the day was that it had become a ratings loser compare to the rest of the lineup….. MNF only looks good now because Broadcast TV has collapse over the years.

  16. Babygate says:

    I think Melissa McCarthy is really funny but it seems like she has to carry the entire weight of this show. The other characters with the possible exception of Mike’s mom are not very funny. I tried the first couple of episodes but I’m not compelled to go back for a third. The writing is sub-par and the characters are just bland.

  17. CJ says:

    The Blacklist was so solid last night. Great episode, and I loved Justin Kirk playing a bad guy. Definitely my favorite new drama of the season.

  18. Sarah Schaefer says:

    We’ve been watching Mike and Molly since it started. It was one of our favorites but this season hasn’t been as good. I don’t know what’s different but something has changed. Hopefully it will get better.

    • Stormy says:

      They completely changed Molly’s character from caring teacher to asinine mean drunk, clown doing pratfalls, and drop out, irresponsible egocentric . The show was always borderline blue, now it’s just trashy and vulgar.

  19. TV Scout says:

    I’m reading the comments, keeping an eye out for how CBS Monday night comedies are doing. I knew M&M was trying to adjust to a more ‘Molly’ centric format – from the comments here [and elsewhere], that change may not be working. And, as M&M goes, so goes Mom. Mom will be continue to be dependent upon it’s lead-in, be it TBG, or M&M. There may be a point where CBS decides to try Mom at 9pm and hope.

    If M&M and Mom continue to drift lower, and TBG remains flat (at best), CBS could be in for some rough going in May as they try to determine what to schedule for Fall ’14 on Mondays. For any fan of HIMYM who may want to see a HIMYF spin off (and I’m not saying I’m 100% on board with this idea at this point), chances are that we may indeed see this spinoff pilot this spring, and series next fall if TGB-M&M-Mom don’t catch fire by March/pilot season.

    If the numbers on these three are still flat/drifting lower at that point, something will have to be done and a full shakeup of the Monday lineup could be very possible. I also don’t believe 2.5 Men will be coming back next fall, so CBS will have a lot of holes to fill if they continue to program eight comedies over two blocks on Monday and Thursday. I’m sure they would hate to scale back, but CBS may have to scale back to just the one hour of comedies on Thursday nights if the Monday night lineup is in trouble and needs help.

  20. Apples says:

    Oh about your fun fact Matt: TB comes at 1 on the viewership increase from DVR, and Castle is not far behind at 3 (TBBT is at 2). That Monday 10 pm hr is much watch TV, I guess!

  21. mandy says:

    Happy to see The Black List and Sleepy Hollow do well. For once, two new shows I’ve become attached to are doing well in the ratings.
    Love that Bones and Castle are doing well too. Both have hitandmiss episodes, but mostly steadyasshegoes.
    Very much looking forward to Almost Human next weeks.

  22. DavidSask says:

    How much longer can they keep airing B&B with those numbers, put Carrie Diaries there! HIMYM is horrible this year for show ending year should not be this way, the Marshal plot alone with that gross Sheri Shepherd, its just constant shriek whinefest of all cast members! Dancing With The Stars judging with audience numbers problem this year is making viewers angry and if not corrected fast this show will be major problematic next year. My last thing, Is anyone not curious that next year if NBC moves the Blacklist away from the Voice will it lose all its viewers just as The Revolution did?

  23. Paul says:

    boy did last night HIMYM really expose how stupid this whole season over a weekend thing is. But the mom is great

  24. Diz says:

    I don’t know what was on CW here last night, but Dixie & Beast won’t air until Sat. at 2pm.

  25. MisterGrimmster says:

    Good for Sleepy Hollow.

  26. Britta Unfiltered says:

    The Blacklist seems to be doing well. I’m curious to watch it, but I don’t think I can see anything with current day James Spader in it. It just makes me sad because I miss sexy James Spader so much. You know, from back in his Secretary days. I know it’s been 10 years since that movie came out, but it doesn’t really feel like it’s been that long. I want James Spader to look like that again. I was just watching The Saint Sunday night, and it made me miss sexy Val Kilmer too. Nowadays he looks like he’s been spending his weekends eating cheetos and playing Magic the Gathering. Anyhoo….tangent!

  27. cjeffery7 says:

    as they say, the DVR adds 5 million pounds.

  28. BG says:

    The Voice ratings are down17% because they sang a song about heaven and excluded the word Lord in the song. Instead of in the sky Lord in the sky, they sang in the sky Oh in the sky. All the way through the song they replaced the Lord with Oh! They offended every person of Christian faith that watched the show. I didn’t watch, and never will again. I hope as other Christian people find out about it they wont watch again either. They could have chosen another song. What were they thinking!!!! We of Christian faith are still the majority in this country. I actually told one today that didn’t know about it she was shocked, and said she will never watch again. How dare you!!!!

  29. christ says:

    I’m from germany and the new mike and molly episodes of the 4th season have aired last week

    im so disappointed. The new episodes are not funny and good anymore

    I’ve read the 57 comments here and I’m surprised that I’m not the only one who thinks that mike and molly has changed drastically and is not good anymore

    it has lost a lot of viewers in germany