CBS and FOX tied with adults 18-49 on Monday night, with ABC having the most viewers.  The Big Bang Theory was the night’s most-watched show with adults 18-49,  the finale of House was tops with adults 18-34. Dancing With the Stars was the most-watched program overall.

Chuck was flat, but again tied for a series-low 1.9 rating with adults 18-49.  Dancing With the Stars again tied for its lowest-rated performance show of the season (4.0 adults 18-49 rating).   The now canceled Romantically Challenged fell to a series-low 2.1 rating with adults 18-49, and due to Dancing With the Stars overrun could fall even further in the final numbers.

The Romantically Challenged lead-in didn’t help Castle’s finale  and CSI: Miami won the 10pm hour with adults 18-49 and total viewers.

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.4/8 in metered-market households) out-delivered CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.9/7) and ABC’s combination of “Nightline (3.1/7) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.5/5 with an encore telecast) in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; “Late Show,” 1.0/5; “Nightline,” 0.9/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3 with an encore telecast.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) outscored CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/5 with an encore telecast). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3 with an encore telecast).
  • At 1:35 a.m., an encore telecast of “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Nielsen overnight ratings for Monday, May 17, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX House (Season Finale) 4.2/12 10.89
ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.8/11 18.06
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.1/9 7.69
NBC Chuck 1.9/5 5.20
CW One Tree Hill (Season Finale) 0.9/3 1.94
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.9/8 7.71
9:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars 4.5/12 20.30
CBS Two and a Half Men 4.4/11 13.17
FOX 24 3.0/8 8.98
NBC Law & Order 1.7/4 5.91
CW Gossip Girl (Season Finale) 1.1/3 1.99
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.4/14 14.75
ABC Romantically Challenged 2.1/5 8.69
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 3.0/8 10.56
ABC Castle  (Season Finale) 2.4/7 10.09
NBC Law & Order 1.8/5 6.24

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

All numbers are Live+SD.

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