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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  • Freyja

    I tuned in for the finale last night; sorta watched it on and off this season, and it was a great send off for House. House giving up everything to be with Wilson when he needed him the most, shows major character growth and I loved them riding off into he sunset together.

    It was unwatchable when they paired House and Cuddy good lord that was a bad mistake, just because your leads have chemistry to be snarky to each other doesn’t mean they need to get together. Didn’t anyone learn from Moonlighting. =)

  • Polar Bear

    Actually disappointed by the house finale
    But happy for its rise in ratings hopefully It can adjust up

  • The End

    Said earlier but the finale was good, if only because it confirmed that House and Wilson were more like Brothers instead of best friends.

  • Mr Mumble

    The House finale was excellent and via DVR, DVD, Blu-ray and syndication it’ll be seen by many millions more than those who watched live ten years ago. I never thought of House as a romance or soap opera so the whole Cuddy thing didn’t bother me. Most of season 6 and season 7 were average but no worse than that. At its best (seasons 1-4, end of season 5, start of season 6 and much of season 8) House was top notch TV.

  • WKD2

    Piers may have to come back to AGT, his show on CNN is bombing big time.

  • Mr Mumble

    … season 8 *bracket close* not smiley 8)

  • Wayneosworld

    Missed headline – 8.6 million people runaway from “The Bachelorette!”

  • carla

    House finale was a pale imitation of its former greatness. Who couldn’t see the “twist” of House not being actually dead coming from a mile away? And riding off into the sunset with Wilson? Cheesey.

    Without Cuddy the finale was clueless and classless. We are supposed to buy that the Green Card Bride showed up for the funeral, but Cuddy didn’t? Unbelievable and insulting to intelligent viewers.

    The ratings are fair only. About what House has earned in its final, pale spin-off season. Sad to see it go, but relieved to have it over at last.

  • The End


    Personally I thought House was alive initially if only because he wasn’t headed for the entrance and realistically there was no way he could with all the flames. To me it seemed like he was going towards the other end of the building. And was he even on the first floor when he fell through the ceiling? Didn’t seem like it, with a bad leg he’d have no chance really.

    Did think for a moment he might be when they went on about the body and everyone saying their last words about him. At that point I was thinking lame… if only because killing off a main character on the last episode s poor writing and would null every House episode prior.

    The Jennifer Morrison cameo was pretty cool. Guess she took time away from Once Upon a Time to do that.

    Good episode all in all. I liked it.

  • The End

    Oh yeah. Chase M.D totally cool. Fully expected that with the office, he’s grown a lot in this series and has grown a backbone now. Wouldn’t mind seeing a Chase spinoff personally.

  • TVDude

    American Ninja Warrior’s 2.4 is impressive considering it’s on NBC. I didn’t think it would do much better than that, that’s for sure. A rather solid rating for a poor performing network. Of course, the show will likely decline, but still, I had to double check the network’s name when I saw that. It’s down from The Voice, but it did a lot better than FashionStar, which never cracked a 2.0 if I remember correctly.

  • Survivor Fan

    ANW was not a series premiere- it was just a season premiere. Its first 3 seasons aired on G4, except for a test run on NBC for last season’s finale.

  • The End

    Speaking of American Ninja Warrior, seems awfully pointless competing for a spot on the Japanese Ninja Warrior(Sasuke) show when technically you can apply directly to the Japanese studio that produces Sasuke with a few videos to prove you’re a foreigner worth having on the competition and you could get picked. That’s what many non Japanese people have done who have been on the show way before American Ninja Warrior existed.

  • Mia

    @The End…

    Chase/Jessie has already been picked up for a new pilot on NBC. I saw an ad where he’s dressed as an EMT. He’s so yummy & sweet. I’ll follow his career wherever he goes, even tho I hate NBCUniversal.

  • jj

    The demo numbers are pretty good for House finale but the number of viewers are just sad. It is a fitting end though as it truly shows how the show has disappointed so many fans that they are not willing to turn in for the finale.

    Hugh Laurie is still great. Look forward to seeing him and RSL in other projects. Will give Jesse Spencer’s new show in the Fall a try.

  • The End


    That’s cool, I had no idea personally, thanks for informing. Do you know what the show is called exactly? I’ll look it up to get info on it if anything.

  • Bob

    @The End and @ Mia,
    The show with Chase (the hottie as you say. :-) is going to be called Chicago Fire and it will be on Wednesday night….Thank God they moved Revenge so I can watch it. It looks really good. So Chase goes from Doctor to Fire Fighter.

  • rick

    Sweeps are over so now the networks dump lots of junk “reality” on the masses. They’d be better off re-running episodes of past years shows, the ones that aren’t in syndication that is.

  • GARY

    Will Hugh go back to doing Britcoms like BLACK ADDER and FORTYSOMETHING?

  • 728huey

    Wow. The finale for House did a heck of a lot better than I expected it would. And while it was a satisfying ending of the show, I began losing serious interest somewhere in the middle of season five. And when House and Cuddy hooked up, I thought it jumped the shark.

    As for why Lisa Edelstein wasn’t in the final episode, I thought that the producers had asked her to appear but she turned it down. And as far as her character not attending House’s “funeral”, remember that he drove his car through the front of her living room. So I would imagine that her character was still quite pissed off at House. Nevertheless, it was too bad that she wasn’t there for the finale; her absence made it just a little bit awkward.

    It was a fitting end to a show I used to watch all the time, but it’s too bad the storyline got a bit tired in the latter seasons.

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