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CBS Finales Win Night; ‘24’ Finale Fizzles

May 19, 2009 11:55 AM

Season finales on CBS dominated Monday night, while the season finale of “24” on Fox floundered to reach a low.

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CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” scored a 5.2 rating/14 share among adults 18-49 and 16 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s season finale climbed 16% over last week’s episode, posted an 11% increase over the previous season-to-date average and beat last year’s finale performance by 8%.

“Men” was the top show of the night in the 18-49 demographic and the most watched episode since early February, giving CBS’ “Rules of Engagement” (4.4/11, 12.8 million) a solid lead-in.

“Rules” came in with a 22% increase over last week and a 13% increase over the previous season-to-date average. In the 8 p.m. hour, a special episode of “Rules of Engagement” (2.6/8, 7.5 million) led into the season finale of “How I Met Your Mother” (3.7/10, 8.7 million), which was in line with recent performances.

At 10 p.m., the finale of “CSI: Miami” (3.8/10, 14 million) was down one-tenth of a point from its performance last week, but up by the same margin from its previous season-to-date average.

The season finale of “24” on Fox scored a 3.0/8 (9.4 million), off slightly from its performance last week, to hit a series low, excluding specials. Last night’s two-hour ender slipped 23% over the most recent finale of the franchise in May 2007.

The final performance edition of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (4.2/12, 18.7 million) matched its previous low for the season, coming in flat from last week. “Dancing,” however, was the most-watched show of the night. The two-hour premiere of “The Bachelorette” (3.0/8, 8.9 million) lost 29% of its lead-in. It still posted a 3% increase over its summer debut last May.

On NBC, “Medium” (1.9/5, 6.5 million) continued its recent trend of ratings decreases, scoring its lowest-rated telecast to date and coming in at 24% below its previous season-to-date average. Back-to-back episodes of “Deal or No Deal” (1.2/3, 4.3 million and 1.5/4, 5.4 million), both posted increases over last week’s episode (9% and 36%, respectively).

The CW’s “One Tree Hill” (1.3/3, 2.6 million) posted an 18% increase over last week for its season finale, which featured the final regular appearance of Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton. “Hill” performed stronger than its season-to-date average by a similar amount. At 8 p.m., the season finale of “Gossip Girl” (1.1/3, 2.2 million) was off slightly over last week but matched its previous season-to-date average. The network averaged a 2.6/7 among women 18-34.

For the night: CBS (3.9/11, 12.2 million) won the night, followed by ABC (3.4/9, 12.2 million), Fox (3.0/8, 9.4 million), NBC (1.5/4, 5.4 million) and The CW (1.2/3, 2.4 million).

Final Nationals update (3 p.m.): ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" climbed from its season low to a 4.4/13 (19.2 million). CBS' special "Rules of Engagement" (2.7/8, 7.5 million) and "Two and a Half Men" (5.3/14, 16.2 million) both climbed by one-tenth of a point. Fox's "24" finale also increased to finish off the season with a 3.1/9 (9.6 million). Network averages for these three networks also increased, with CBS (4.0/11, 12.3 million), followed by ABC (3.5/10, 12.3 million) and Fox (3.1/9, 9.6 million).

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