TV Ratings Monday: ABC Tops; 'Dancing,' 'Bachelorette' Steady; 'Chicago Code,' 'Event' Series Finales Up; 'House' Season Finale Falls

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May 24th, 2011

Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS Uni NBC CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.4/9 2.6/7 1.8/5 1.6/4 1.4/4 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.6/8 2.1/6 1.1/3 1.8/5 1.0/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 13.564 7.966 6.324 4.022 4.939 0.595

The final Dancing with the Stars one hour competition show drew a Monday leading 4.6 adults 18-49 rating, identical to last week's two hour show. The Bachelorette season premiere scored a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, that tied last season's premiere rating, which was a series low for a premiere.

ABC led the night's adults 18-49 ratings, and NBC was again beaten by Univision.

The House season finale drew a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating down 6% vs. last week, down 23% from last season's finale, and a series finale low, while The Chicago Code series finale managed a 2.0 rating, up 11% vs. last week.

NBC's The Event series finale wasn't much of an event, with just a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, still, that was up 15% vs. last week. Law & Order: LA's 1.4 rating was up 27% vs. last week. Earlier, Minute To Win It equaled it with a 1.5 rating, which was identical to last week's Chuck finale.

CBS's only new episode last night, the special Clash Of the Commercials: US vs. The World drew a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, May 23, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars 4.2 13 20.681
FOX HOUSE 3.2 10 8.770
CBS How I Met Your Mother - R 1.5 5 4.644
NBC Minute To Win It 1.3 4 4.081
CW 90210 - R 0.3 1 0.797
8:30 ABC Dancing with the Stars 4.9 14 23.624
FOX HOUSE 3.3 9 9.032
NBC Minute To Win It 1.6 5 4.515
CBS How I Met Your Mother - R 1.5 4 4.135
CW 90210 - R 0.2 1 0.551
9:00 ABC THE BACHELORETTE 3.1 8 11.120
CBS Two and a Half Men - R 2.2 6 8.040
FOX THE Chicago Code 1.9 5 7.031
NBC THE EVENT 1.5 4 4.485
CW Gossip Girl - R 0.2 1 0.543
9:30 ABC THE BACHELORETTE 2.7 7 9.299
FOX THE Chicago Code 2.0 5 7.030
CBS MIKE & MOLLY - R 1.9 5 7.212
NBC THE EVENT 1.5 4 4.654
CW Gossip Girl - R 0.2 1 0.489
10:00 ABC THE BACHELORETTE 2.8 7 8.495
10:30 ABC THE BACHELORETTE 2.7 7 8.167


via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.0/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 1.0/4; "Nightline," 1.1/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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