'Men' powers CBS
Eye wins Monday as season finale is top showCBS won the last Monday of the season, which saw ABC's summer run of "The Bachelorette" get off to a solid start.
The final performance edition of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" dominated the 8 p.m. hour with 19.2 million viewers and a 4.4 rating/13 share among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen data.
After CBS' "Rules of Engagement" underperformed at 8 p.m. Wednesday last week, the sitcom logged another low-rated performance at 8 p.m., this time on Monday (7.5 million, 2.7/8).
But it rebounded nicely in its regular 9:30 p.m. slot with 12.9 million viewers and a 4.4/11 in 18-49.
The finale of CBS' "Two and a Half Men" at 9 p.m. (16.2 million, 5.3/14) was the night's top program in the adult demo and had its highest audience since February.
Season wraps of the network's "How I Met Your Mother" (8.7 million, 3.7/10) and "CSI: Miami" (14.2 million, 3.8/11) also did solid business.
Following "Dancing," the two-hour premiere of "Bachelorette" averaged 8.7 million viewers and a 3.0/8 in 18-49, holding its debut rating from last year. It shed nearly 2 million viewers from the first to the second hour, but most were in the 50-plus demographic.
The two-hour season finale of Fox's "24" clocked 9.6 million viewers and a 3.1/9 in 18-49, earning its lowest rating to date.
NBC flatlined with "Deal 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 than the CW (2.5 million, 1.2/3), which aired season finales of "Gossip Girl" and "One Tree Hill."
CBS (12.3 million, 4.0/11) won the night, followed by ABC (12.3 million, 3.5/10).
With two 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 the "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" finale Tuesday.
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 wraps tonight, 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. (partialdiff)