With no NBA competition last night, the broadcast networks were up from last week.

ABC easily won the night paced by two hours of Dancing with the Stars that averaged a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating and the season finale of Castle that averaged  a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 0.2 from last week.

Fox was second with adults 18-49.  House was up 17% to a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. The now-canceled-for-next-season The Chicago Code was up 12% to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS was third with adults 18-49. The season finale of How I Met Your Mother was up 0.4 to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. The canceled Mad Love rose 0.2 to a 2.1 rating in its series finale.  Mike & Molly was up 0.2 to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating in its season finale and Hawaii Five-0 was also up 0.2 to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating in its season finale.

On NBC, the season finale of Chuck was up 0.1 versus last week to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.  The canceled (for next year) The Event rose 0.2 from last week to 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Bucking the night’s trend, the now canceled (for next season) Law & Order: LA was down a tenth to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, May 16, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars 3.9/11 19.84
FOX House 3.5/10 8.85
CBS How I Met Your Mother (Season Finale) 3.0/9 7.11
NBC Chuck (Season Finale) 1.5/4 4.47
CW 90210 (Season Finale) 0.8/2 1.65
8:30 CBS Mad Love (Season/Series Finale) 2.1/6 5.81
9:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars 5.0/13 22.99
CBS Two and a Half Men (R) 2.0/5 6.92
FOX The Chicago Code 1.9/5 5.92
NBC The Event 1.3/3 4.01
CW Gossip Girl (Season Finale) 0.7/2 1.34
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly (Season Finale) 2.5/6 8.57
10:00 ABC Castle (Season Finale) 3.3/8 13.21
CBS Hawaii Five-0 (Season Finale) 2.5/6 9.83
NBC Law & Order: LA 1.1/3 4.32
Half Hours
8:00 FOX House 3.4/10 8.50
8:30 FOX House 3.7/10 9.19
9:00 FOX The Chicago Code 2.0/5 6.11
9:30 FOX The Chicago Code 1.8/4 5.74
8:00 NBC Chuck 1.5/5 4.52
8:30 NBC Chuck 1.6/4 4.41
9:00 NBC The Event 1.3/3 3.93
9:30 NBC The Event 1.3/3 4.08
10:00 NBC Law & Order: LA 1.0/3 4.06
10:30 NBC Law & Order: LA 1.2/3 4.58
10:00 ABC Castle 3.5/9 14.03
10:30 ABC Castle 3.2/8 12.40
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.6/6 9.98
10:30 CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.5/6 9.69
8:00 CW 90210 (Season Finale) 0.8/3 1.68
8:30 CW 90210 (Season Finale) 0.8/2 1.63
9:00 CW Gossip Girl (Season Finale) 0.7/2 1.34
9:30 CW Gossip Girl (Season Finale) 0.7/2 1.33

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,” 2.7/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.7/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.7/9; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.6/5 with an encore.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.8/3; “Nightline,” 1.2/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.7/4 with an encore.

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

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore 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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