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Monday Ratings: CBS takes night, Dancing With the Stars and 24 finale

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May 19th, 2009

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX Uni NBC CW
Rating: Adults 18-49 3.9/11 3.4/9 3.0/8 1.6/4 1.5/4 1.2/3
Rating: Adults 18-34 2.7/8 2.8/8 2.4/7 1.6/5 1.1/3 1.6/5
Total Viewers (million) 12.16 12.18 9.24 4.16 5.39 2.43

Some delays with seeing all the overnight data for Monday night.  But,with Castle and Chuck already renewed for next season,  I predict interest in the Monday overnight ratings posts will drop precipitously until the fall anyway.

But here is some 18-49 prose and I'll hopefully get the full show data table up later (now posted, scroll down)...

ABC's Dancing with the Stars final performance show (4.2/12) matched its lowest rated performance show this spring, though still handily bested FOX's  24 the two hour season finale averaged a 3.0/8 among adults 18-49.    At 9p, the two-hour premiere of The Bachelorette (3.0/8)  improved a tenth over its summer 2008 debut on the same night last year (2.9/7 on 5/19/08).

On CBS, a special Rules of Engagement (2.6/8) was followed by the season finales of How I Met Your Mother (3.7/10)  Two and a Half Men (5.2/14) and the regular Rules of Engagement (4.4/11).  The CSI: Miami finale  drew a 3.8/10

Back-to-back Deal Or No Deal airings drew a 1.2/3 at 8pm and at a 1.5/4 at 9pm.    Medium at 10p (1.9/5) delivered its lowest original rating ever...

Previous Monday overnight reports are available for comparison.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars 4.2/12 2.9/9 18.66
FOX 24 (Finale) 2.9/9 2.4/8 8.79
CBS Rules of Engagement 2.6/8 1.6/6 7.49
NBC Deal or No Deal 1.2/4 0.9/3 4.31
CW Gossip Girl (Finale) 1.1/3 1.6/5 2.24
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother (Finale) 3.7/10 2.9/9 8.69
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 5.2/14 3.3/10 15.95
ABC The Bachelorette (Premiere) 3.1/8 2.8/8 9.86
FOX 24 (Finale) 3.1/8 2.4/7 10.06
NBC Deal or No Deal 1.5/4 1.1/3 5.37
CW One Tree Hill 1.3/3 1.7/5 2.63
9:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (Finale) 4.4/11 2.6/7 12.81
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (Finale) 3.8/10 2.7/8 14.02
ABC The Bachelorette (Premiere) 2.9/8 2.8/8 8.02
NBC Medium 1.9/5 1.2/4 6.50

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Shows are sorted by 18-49 rating in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company.

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