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Broadcast TV Ratings for Monday, May 21, 2007

Dancing With the Stars and the ‘Bachelor’ season finale lead ABC to a ratings win for the evening across the board. ‘Dancing’ was the night’s top rated and most watched show, while Heroes finished its freshman year on a strong note as it was the night’s most watched program among adults 18-49. 24 down from last year’s finale.

ABC finished in first place for the evening with a 10.2/17 household rating, 15.15 million viewers and a 4.9/13 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 10.2/16 HH rating [#1]
    • 15.11M viewers [#1]
    • 4.6/12 A18-49 rating [#t1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars (13.1/22 HH rating, 19.75M viewers, 5.1/15 A18-49 rating) paced slightly upwards as it approaches its season finale tomorrow night.
    • Week-to-week numbers (vs. 8:00-9:31 p.m.):
      • Households – 13.0/21 to 13.1/22
      • Viewers – 19.58M to 19.75M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.3/15 to 5.1/15
  • 9:00-11:00 p.m.: The two-hour season finale of The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman (8.5/13 HH rating, 12.85M viewers, 4.8/12 A18-49 rating) ended on a very high note, with ratings well above the most recent installment of the series. Growth was 21% among households, 30% among viewers and 23% among adults 18-49.  Critics and television viewers may hate on the show for whatever reason, but you can’t deny that it still rates very well, and renewing it makes perfect sense, business wise.
    • Season finale comparison (Season 9 — 11/27/2006):
      • Households – 7.0/11 to 8.5/13
      • Viewers – 9.85M to 12.85M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.9/9 to 4.8/12
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 7.4/12 to 8.5/13
      • Viewers – 10.64M to 12.85M
      • A18-49 – 4.0/10 to 4.8/12

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 7.1/11 household rating, but was third among viewers (10.60 million) and fourth among adults 18-49 with a 3.3/9 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 8.4/13 HH rating [#2]
    • 13.06M viewers [#2]
    • 4.6/12 A18-49 rating [#t1]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: Back-to-back repeats of Two and a Half Men (5.4/9 HH rating, 8.22M viewers, 3.0/9 A18-49 rating) began the evening for CBS in a solid position, given the repeat nature of the programming.
    • Last week’s numbers (How I Met Your Mother – season finale):
      • Households – 4.9/8
      • Viewers – 7.70M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/9
    • Last week’s numbers (Two and a Half Men – season finale)
      • Households – 6.3/10
      • Viewers – 10.16M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/10
  • 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: Another set of back-to-back repeats of Two and a Half Men (8.1/12 HH rating, 12.10M viewers, 3.7/10 A18-49 rating) improved even more, rating very impressively among households and viewers, amazingly just a tad below last week’s series finale of King of Queens.
    • Last week’s numbers (King of Queens — season finale – 9:00-10:00 p.m.)
      • Households – 8.8/13
      • Viewers – 13.61M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.2/13
  • 10:00 p.m.: A repeat of CSI: Miami (7.6/12 HH rating, 11.48M viewers, 3.5/9 A18-49 rating) ended the evening for CBS, with the network again getting solid numbers from a program in repeat mode.
    • Last week’s numbers (CSI: Miami – season finale)
      • Households – 10.9/18
      • Viewers – 16.63M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.3/14

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 6.7/11 household rating but was second among viewers (10.70 million) and among adults 18-49 (4.1/11 rating).

  • Last Week:
    • 5.8/9 HH rating [#3]
    • 9.19M viewers [#3]
    • 3.6/10 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Deal or No Deal (6.3/10 HH rating, 9.66M viewers, 3.0/9 A18-49 rating) benefited from a slight week-to-week bounce, climbing above the 9M mark, nearly approaching 10M viewers.  Still though, the series remains well down from where it was during the fall season.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.6/9 to 6.3/10
      • Viewers – 8.84M to 9.66M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/8 to 3.0/9
  • 9:00 p.m.: The first season finale of Heroes (7.8/12 HH rating, 13.21M viewers, 6.1/15 A18-49 rating) gave NBC some great news, with the program able to out-rate all competition for the evening among adults 18-49.  Also welcoming, was a very solid improvement across the board from the weaker than average numbers the series had been turning in since it returned from hiatus.  Growth was at 11% among households, 14% among viewers and 15% among adults 18-49.  Additionally, the series nearly matched its series premiere numbers among households and viewers and surpassed its series premiere A18-49 number by 3%.  All positive and noteworthy details.
    • Season premiere to finale comparison (9/25/2006):
      • Households – 8.6/13 to 7.8/12
      • Viewers – 14.09M to 13.21M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.9/14 to 6.1/15
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 7.0/11 to 7.8/12
      • Viewers – 11.54M to 13.21M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.3/13 to 6.1/15
  • 10:00 p.m.: The sixth season finale (and last first run airing on NBC) of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (6.1/10 HH rating, 9.24M viewers, 3.2/10 A18-49 rating) also grew very respectively from the week prior, showing growth of 24% among households, 28% among viewers and 14% among adults 18-49.  Though the series remained well down among households and viewers from last season’s finale (check out the numbers below), the positive increases are important to note and should bode very well for the show’s move to USA.  So long as USA doesn’t botch their ownership of the first-run episodes for next season, the network should have a pretty big hit to add to their lineup, as well as ensuring continued second-run ratings down the line.
    • Season finale comparison (5/14/2006 – two hours):
      • Households – 7.9/12 to 6.1/10
      • Viewers – 11.92M to 9.24M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/8 to 3.2/10
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.9/8 to 6.1/10
      • Viewers – 7.20M to 9.24M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.8/8 to 3.2/10

Fox followed in fourth place for the evening with a 6.1/10 household rating and 10.19 million viewers but managed a stronger second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 3.8/10 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.5/9 HH rating [#4]
    • 8.90M viewers [#4]
    • 3.3/9 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00-10:00 p.m.: The two-hour sixth season finale of 24 (6.1/10 HH rating, 10.19M viewers, 3.8/10 A18-49 rating) disappointed in several aspects, most notably from last year’s finale.  I think its safe to say that the general consensus is this season has been mostly disappointing, and the ratings reflect that.  The series was down 26% among households, 26% among viewers and 31% among adults 18-49 year-to-year, all this despite what I thought was perhaps the series’ strongest season debut ever.   Here are the two hour splits: 8:00 p.m. (5.7/9 HH rating, 9.34M viewers, 3.5/10 A18-49 rating) and 9:00 p.m. (6.6/10 HH rating, 11.04M viewers, 4.0/10 A18-49 rating)
    • Season finale comparison (5/22/2006):
      • Households – 8.2/12 to 6.1/10
      • Viewers – 13.75M to 10.19M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.5/14 to 3.8/10
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.3/9 to 6.1/10
      • Viewers – 10.57M to 10.19M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.9/9 to 3.8/10
    • Last week’s numbers (House-REPEAT – 8:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 4.7/8
      • Viewers – 7.23M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/8

The CW was left for a fifth place finish with a 1.3/2 household rating, 1.85 million viewers and a 0.7/2 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.7/3 HH rating [#5]
    • 2.46M viewers [#5]
    • 1.1/3 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • With their comedy lineup through for the season with new episodes, the network programmed an evening filled with repeats, with low, low ratings.
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: Repeats of Everybody Hates Chris (1.4/2 HH rating, 2.06M viewers, 0.8/2 A18-49 rating) and All of Us (1.3/2 HH rating, 1.88M viewers, 0.8/2 A18-49 rating).
    • Last week’s numbers (Everybody Hates Chris – season finale):
      • Households – 1.6/3
      • Viewers – 2.34M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.0/3
    • Last week’s numbers (All of Us – season finale):
      • Households – 1.7/3
      • Viewers – 2.50M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.1/3
  • 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: Repeats of Girlfriends (1.2/2 HH rating, 1.75M viewers, 0.7/2 A18-49 rating) and The Game (1.2/2 HH rating, 1.70M viewers, 0.7/2 A18-49 rating).
    • Last week’s numbers (The Game — season finale – 9:00-10:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 1.7/3
      • Viewers – 2.51M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.1/3

Note: Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) are based on final nationals. Ratings for the current day are based on fast nationals, unless otherwise noted.

The final rating for episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final rating for tonights episode of “Dancing With the Stars” will be reported in next weeks report for Monday, May 28, 2007.

Source: Fast/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research and PIFeedback.com.

  • Pete

    I’m glad Heroes pulled in a slightly larger audience for the finale than it had been receiving since it’s return from the hiatus. But after the less than stellar finale I’m sure those people will be questioning why they even bothered with the show at all. I know I am. That was a really weak finale and the show itself seems to have gotten steadily worse. I don’t understand what happened, the pilot was so intelligent but now the show seems to have gone in the reverse direction. It almost seems like the writers feel their audience has the mentality of a child in the second grade. Don’t think I’ll be returning in the fall. Which is too bad I really liked the first few episodes and I stuck it out thinking it would pay off, instead I feel almost insulted.

  • Pete

    I’m glad Heroes pulled in a slightly larger audience for the finale than it had been receiving since it’s return from the hiatus. But after the less than stellar finale I’m sure those people will be questioning why they even bothered with the show at all. I know I am. That was a really weak finale and the show itself seems to have gotten steadily worse. I don’t understand what happened, the pilot was so intelligent but now the show seems to have gone in the reverse direction. It almost seems like the writers feel their audience has the mentality of a child in the second grade. Don’t think I’ll be returning in the fall. Which is too bad I really liked the first few episodes and I stuck it out thinking it would pay off, instead I feel almost insulted.