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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  • SarahL

    House did much better than I thought. It is a show that I could never watch for long. I am only sorry that Omar Eps is out of work.

  • GRD

    I haven’t watched “House” in a couple of years, but I came back for the finale. It was a nice finish. It’s too bad the show didn’t stay strong over the years — a lot of that soap-opera crap was a waste of some great talent, Hugh Laurie’s especially. But there were a few really good seasons, at least.

  • saalim

    Am not a house fan but its sad to ssee it go! But wat I dnt understand is why is greys anatomy still sucesfull ( although I love it so much), any one care to explain :-)

  • John A

    House did ok. It was getting low 2.s for weeks so a 2.9 is good.

  • Andre

    Nice finale. I’m going to miss House :(

  • Score

    House did very well for its finale which is nice to see.

    AGT continues to do well against tougher competition than usual. Quite a bit of that decline vs last week will because it was only 1 hour instead of 2 like last week. Last week it averaged a 3.4 in the 8pm hour, so as last night’s will probably be adjusted to a 3.2, it did well.

  • Frank

    House has dragged on too long. Should have ended it’s misery last season .. or earlier.

  • Victor Hugo

    lmfao at people talking about Carrossel!! Just brazilian people will understand it!

    That weird week when almost every broadcast show has ended but the summer cabble shows haven’t begun yet!!! Well at least we are going to have Revenge SF and the premiere of Duets!

  • SmG

    Great finale and good ratings.

    Goodbye Gregory House, you’ll be missed !

  • CT

    Wait a minute…. are you telling me there was a show on last night called American Ninja Warrior? And I didn’t watch it??? If only I’d known!

  • sarah

    Good numbers for House and a good ending.Too bad the show never recovered from that 5th-7th season “Huddy” soap opera mishap.
    Loved what Hugh Laurie did with the retrospective,very interesting – you know that a lot of work goes into making a show,but it really is insane.
    Gregory House was a truly great tv character.Everything comes to an end.


    I wonder how AGT’s 2nd week compares to least season? That’s pretty solid numbers against DTWS, NBC has to be contemplating moving it to the Fall or mid-season.

  • Kenny

    Wow. House did not go out with a bang in the ratings. Not even 10 million viewers there was a time that the show had 17-19 million an episode. It was time to end House, ratings wise due to the fact so many people have checked out.

  • hov313

    That House Finale was excellent !! what a great way to send off a great show .. too bad cuddy couldnt appear in the episode

  • Ultima

    I wonder how AGT’s 2nd week compares to least season?

    Down from a 3.7; last year AGT didn’t fall this low until the quarterfinal results shows starting week six.

  • a p garcia

    Good House went out with deceant numbers.

  • Tina

    “Down from a 3.7; last year AGT didn’t fall this low until the quarterfinal results shows starting week six.”

    Last year, AGT did not have major competition. You are comparing apples to oranges.

  • João Lukas

    @glover the premiere of Carrosel last night was fantastic!!! I can’t wait for a new…

  • Erika

    Good for DWTS. I think America’s Got Talent made a mistake by premiering while all the shows hadn’t finished with finales yet. I’m sure the DWTS crowd are people who watch AGT, but bc DWTS isn’t finished they haven’t tuned in to AGT. It was a somewhat satisfying ending to House, but it seems to do well in syndication as it airs on multiple channels so the legend lives on. I actually only started watching House a couple of years back bc of syndication, so I’m sure the show is loved by more than just 8.7 million.

  • Justin121

    House became boring by season 5.

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