May 22, 2012 9:08am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'House' Finale Climbs, 'Dancing' Rises and 'Talent' Dips
Monday's ratings race, which saw the House finale and the season's penultimate Dancing With the Stars, was especially tight according to fast affiliate numbers -- though demo bragging rights go to NBC.
The network scored a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers with the second week of America's Got Talent auditions. The two-hour episode was down from last week's premiere by sixth tenths of a point but still pulled the night's highest adults rating with a 3.1. American Ninja Warrior returned to the schedule after last summer's special, jumping 41 percent with its lead-in and earning a 2.4 rating in the demo.
Dancing With the Stars saw gains during the first part of its finale, but was still at a low among finale performances. The abbreviated, hour-long broadcast was up two tenths of a point for a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49. The Bachelorette dipped two tenths of a point for a 2.4 in the demo, giving the network a 2.5 adults rating for the night a dominant 10.6 million viewers.
Fox aired the last episode of House following an hour-long retrospective. The eight-year-old series didn't approach its scores of previous seasons, or even its recent October opener, but it did continue its steady climb of recent weeks. It jumped 33 percent for a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49, its strongest performance since January. Fox averaged a 2.4 rating in the demo for the night and 7.4 million viewers.
CBS had sitcom reruns before its Clash of the Commercials special at 10 p.m. The broadcast pulled a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, giving the network an overall score of a 1.5 in the demo for the night.
The late One Tree Hill was breifly revived in encores on the CW, giving the network a 0.2 adults rating for its two-hour block.