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'House' Wins Monday With Season Finale

May 12, 2009 11:19 AM

Monday night shows took some major hits, with power hitters such as ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” dipping by double digits. Fox’s “House” managed to remain flat for its season finale, while The CW’s crack at a “Gossip Girl” spinoff showed some gains.

Gossip Girl

CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” scored a 4.4 rating/11 share among adults 18-49 and 12.9 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode was the lowest-rated of the season, down 12% from last week’s performance and down 14% from its season-to-date average. “Rules of Engagement” (3.6/9, 10.1 million) posted a 12% decrease from last week. The network’s programs in the 8 p.m. hour fared a bit better, with the season finale of “The Big Bang Theory” (3.6/11, 9.8 million) posting a 6% week-to-week increase, while “How I Met Your Mother” (3.6/10, 8.7 million) remained flat. “CSI: Miami” (3.9/11, 13.4 million) was almost in line with recent telecasts.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (4.1/11, 18.3 million) fell 15% from its performance telecast last week and ranked as the lowest Monday telecast of the season. That decrease carried over to the season finale of “Castle” (2.5/7, 10.6 million), which posted an 11% loss from last week but matched its overall average for the season.

The season finale of “House” (4.6/13, 12.3 million) on Fox was last night’s top-rated program and remained flat with its performance last week. Similarly, “24” (3.3/8, 10 million) showed no changes from last week.

NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” (1.0/3, 4.2 million) posted a 17% decrease from its already weak return last week, hitting a new series low. The first of two episodes of “Medium” 1.9/5, 6.3 million) also posted a new series low, while the second episode (2.3/6, 7.3 million) increased on its lead-in by 21% and was in line with previous episodes. As a two-hour block, “Medium” posted a 5% decrease from its same two-hour time period last week.

The CW’s “Gossip Girl” (1.2/3, 2.3 million) was one of only two shows to post gains for the night (the other was “The Big Bang Theory”). Last night’s episode, a back-door pilot for the potential 1980s prequel spinoff series, was up 9% over last week. At 9 p.m., “One Tree Hill” (1.1/3, 2.3 million) remained flat from last week, giving the network an average 2.3/7 among women 18-34.

For the night: CBS (3.9/10, 11.4 million) and Fox (3.9/11, 11.2 million) tied for first in the demo, while ABC (3.6/10, 15.7 million) won among total viewers. NBC (1.8/5, 5.9 million) finished fourth, followed by The CW (1.1/3, 2.3 million).

Final Nationals update (3 p.m.): Among the shows that posted slight gains in the final Nielsen numbers were "The Big Bang Theory" (3.7/11), "Dancing With the Stars" (4.2/11), "Deal or No Deal" (1.1/3), "House" (4.7/14), the 9 p.m. "Medium" (2.0/5) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.5/12). Show that dipped were "Castle" (2.4/7) and "24" (3.2/8), while the rest remained flat. At the network level, only The CW posted a change (up to a 1.2/3), while all others remained as is for their nightly average.

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Scott Gilbert:

Of course Monday night was down; neither Chuck nor Heros was on.

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