CBS wins Monday night ratings
'Dancing With the Stars' reigns in its time periodCBS won the last Monday of the season, which saw ABC's summer "The Bachelorette" get off to an OK start.
The final performance edition of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" dominated the 8 p.m. hour with 18.7 million viewers and a 4.2 rating/12 share among adults 18-49.
After CBS' "Rules of Engagement" underperformed in the Wednesday 8 p.m. slot last week, the sitcom logged another low-rated performance at 8 p.m., this time on Monday (7.5 million, 2.6/8).
But it rebounded nicely in its regular 9:30 p.m. slot with 12.8 million viewers and a 4.4/11 in 18-49.
The birth-themed season finale of CBS' "Two and a Half Men" at 9 p.m. (16.0 million, 5.2/14) was the top program of the night in the adult demo.
The season wraps of the network's "How I Met Your Mother (8.7 million, 3.7/10) and "CSI: Miami" (14.1 million, 3.8/11) also did solid business.
Following "Dancing," the two-hour premiere of "The Bachelorette" averaged 9 million viewers and a 3.0/8 in 18-49. It shed almost 2 million viewers from the first to the second hour, but most of them were in the 50+ demographic.
The two-hour season finale of "24" clocked out at 9.4 million viewers and a 3.0/8 in 18-49.
NBC flatlined with "Dead or No Deal" and "Medium," averaging 5.4 million viewers and a 1.5/4 in 18-49, faring only a little better in the demo that the CW (2.4 million, 1./3), which aired season finales of "Gossip Girl" and "One Tree Hill."
CBS (12.2 million, 3.9/11) won the night, followed by ABC (12.2 million, 3.4/9).
With two more days to go, Fox is poised to win the May sweep in the 18-49 demo, averaging a 3.1 rating/9 share, while CBS is tops in total viewers with 11.1 million. Fox's average is bound to rise after two nights of "American Idol" finale.
CBS and ABC are tied for second in the adult demo at 2.8/8, with ABC expected to get a boost from the "Dancing With the Stars" finale Tuesday night.
NBC is far behind with 6.4 million viewers and a 2.1/6.
Even with the Super Bowl on its schedule, NBC is also No. 4 for the 2008-09 season, which also wraps Wednesday night, averaging 7.4 million viewers and a 2.8/8 in 18-49.
Fox and CBS lead in 18-49 and total viewers with a 3.6/10 and 11.7 million, respectively.