'Gossip' talks big gain; 'Gladiators' going flabby

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The CW's "Gossip Girl" season finale spiked to deliver the show's highest rating since November, while NBC's "American Gladiators" continued its rapid ratings decline.

Monday night was stuffed with season finales (and had one season premiere). Fox's "House" (16.2 million viewers, 5.7 preliminary adults 18-49 rating and a 14 share) topped the night, though it was down slightly from last week. Lead-in "Bones" (10.2 million, 3.3/10) was on par.

CBS came in second, with its comedy block finales delivering mixed results. "The Big Bang Theory" (7.4 million, 2.7/8) hit a season low, and "How I Met Your Mother" (9.9 million, 3.2/9) and "Two and a Half Men" (14.8 million, 4.8/12) were down slightly from their original averages. However, "Rules of Engagement" (12.3 million, 4.3/10) had its best rating since November.

ABC's finale of "Dancing With the Stars" was on par (18.8 million, 4.3/12), but the two-hour debut of "The Bachelorette" (8.8 million, 3.0/8) hit a new low for a premiere episode of the franchise.

In fourth place, "Gladiators" continued to decline (4 million, 1.6/4), with the heavily promoted show sliding into alarming ratings territory as it has yet to show weekly growth since its January premiere. The time slot bow of "Dateline" (5.8 million, 2.0/5) followed.

The CW aired the finale of "Gossip" (3 million, 1.4/4), which climbed 17% from last week, followed by "One Tree Hill" (3.2 million, 1.5/4). (partialdiff)
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