TV Ratings Monday: 'House' Finale Up, 'AGT' and 'The Bachelorette' Slide

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May 22nd, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/7 2.5/7 2.4/7 1.5/4 1.5/4 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/6 1.8/6 1.9/6 1.5/4 1.5/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.232 10.634 7.422 5.709 3.862 0.563


NBC was the top rated network in adults 18-49 while ABC was number one  in total viewers.

On FOX, the series finale of House garnered a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, (in line with what most of you predicted) up from last week's 2.2 rating for the series' penultimate episode. This marks the best ratings for the series since January.  The retrospective that preceded it earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS was all repeats until 10PM, when they aired an hour-long special, Clash of the Commercials: USA vs. The World, which earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, America's Got Talent earned a 3.1 rating, down considerably from the 3.7 adults 18-49 rating it received last week. The series premiere of American Ninja Warrior on the network  scored a 2.4 among adults 18-49.

On ABC, Dancing With the Stars  earned a 2.8 rating, up two-tenths from last week's  2.6 adults 18-49 rating.  The Bachelorette  earned a 2.4, down two tenths from last week's 2.6 rating.

The CW was all repeats for the evening.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, May 21 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC America's Got Talent 3.1 9 9.534
ABC Dancing With the Stars 2.8 8 16.451
FOX House Retrospective 2.0 6 6.100
CBS How I Met Your Mother -R 1.3 4 4.084
CW One Tree Hill -R 0.3 1 0.602
9:30 PM CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.6 4 4.649
9:00PM FOX House (Series Finale) 2.9 7 8.700
ABC The Bachelorette (9-11 PM) 2.4 6 7.725
NBC American Ninja Warrior (9-11 PM) 2.4 6 6.081
CBS Two And A Half Men -R 2.0 5 7.182
CW One Tree Hill -R 0.2 1 0.524
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly -R 1.7 4 6.382
10:00PM CBS Clash of the Commercials: USA vs. The World 1.4 4 5.979

via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5. 
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; 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" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 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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  • Justin

    Good for House!

  • CrimTV

    Is it a 2.7 or 2.9 for House?

  • Dario

    Well House did great considering this season’s ratings.

  • Max

    Yes for House!! Such a great ending for a great show!!

  • glover

    House’s finale did really bad. The world was watching the series premiere of Carrossel last night.

  • psychic

    The ending for House was ok. Not fantastic, not bad, just ok. It seemed more like a fitting season than series finale, though…

  • MattM

    House finale was amazing, they did a great job imo. Going to miss it.

  • Hamza

    I think the House finale is going to have much higher DVR than the January episode.
    Many people may not have watched it live, but would certainly have DVR it to watch the series end.

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  • forg

    Bye House! Kinda a little sad this and DH didn’t end that big considering how big they were back in the day

  • Tabitha

    AGT has been horrible so far.

  • Don

    Crappy numbers for House. I expected much more for its series finale

  • DeeAgeaux

    I wish it ended last year romantically not this year as a bromance.

  • John A

    Whats the point of airing OTH repeats?

  • MoHasanie

    The finale was 1 tenth above what I originally predicted. But only 8.7 million… I thought at least the 10 million that watched the season premiere would come back for the finale. Its still a large increase from the penultimate episode, but nothing special considering the competition was so less.

    AGT is down. DWTS is the almost the same.

  • MoHasanie

    The half hours for the House finale were 2.7 / 3.0. The retrospective got 2.1/ 2.0 .
    The DH finale’s half hours were: 3.2/ 3.2/ 3.2/ 3.4 .

  • Fennerbender

    I thought a 2.6 so a bit better is great. It was an ok ending, but no Cuddy at all made it seem a lame finale. Heck even the dead characters had cameos. Big fail on the producers part on the Lisa Edelstein handling. Good show I will miss and a good run as a whole.

  • Networkman

    I guessed that House would garner close to 9 million viewers. At least it won its hour. Next year around this time we may be watching the series finale of Bones.

  • Tested

    Great ending for House. Strong ratings too. Really going to miss that show. Fox’s fall looks like a dud too.

  • jamie

    AGT needs Piers Morgan back. They have essentially 3 judges trying to see who can be nicest to the contestants. Piers was never worried about being nice to the contestants.

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