ABC Dominates Final Monday of The Traditional Season

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

ABC Wins; Respectable Series-Ending Performance for Fox’s 24


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Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

ABC Wins; Respectable Series-Ending Performance for Fox’s 24


Monday 5/24/10



ABC   8.9/14
CBS    7.8/12
Fox     6.6/10
NBC   4.2/ 6
CW     0.6/ 1

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Monday, May 25, 2009):

Note: The year-ago Monday marked the first week of the summer season.

ABC: +154, Fox: +83, CBS: +62, NBC: -14, CW: -25


Dancing With the Stars (ABC), Two and a Half Men (CBS), The Big Bang Theory (CBS), CSI: Miami (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
Law & Order (NBC)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Chuck (NBC)

Note: The fast affiliate results for Monday will be posted at PIFeedback by 12 p.m. ET. Go to the website, click on Ratings Box (the first category), then Last Night’s Results, and Monday, May 24, 2010.   

-Ratings Breakdown:

ABC led this final Monday of the May 2010 sweeps (and the traditional TV season) in the overnights, with a 14 percent advantage over second-place CBS. Next was Fox, which featured the series-finale of 24, followed by lowly NBC and a night of repeats on The CW.


The final performance show on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars stood well above anything else in the 8 p.m. hour, with a considerable 13.6 rating/21 share. My pick to be named the winner of this 10th edition of Dancing With the Stars tonight: Nicole Scherzinger. Next on ABC was the two-hour season-premiere of sappy The Bachelorette, which scored an improved 6.5/10 from 9-11 p.m., with the half-hour breakdown as follows:


The Bachelorette (ABC)

9:00 p.m.: 7.5/11 (#2)

9:30 p.m.: 6.7/10 (#3)

10:00 p.m.: 6.0/ 9 (#2)

10:30 p.m.: 5.8/10 (#3)


Comparably, this built from the year-ago 8-10 p.m. portion of The Bachelorette (3.7/ 6 on May 25, 2009) by a hefty 76 percent. Leading out of Dancing With the Stars was, no doubt, beneficial. ABC will remain intact on Mondays next fall with a two-hour edition of Dancing With the Stars and crime solver Castle, which heads into season three.  


CBS aired a night of season-finales with its combination of How I Met Your Mother (#3: 5.3/ 8), creatively improved Rules of Engagement (#3: 5.1/ 8), Two and a Half Men (#1: 10.1/15), The Big Bang Theory (#1: 9.6/14) and CSI: Miami (#1: 8.4/13), which moves to Sundays at 10 p.m. (out of Undercover Boss) in the fall. As much as I enjoy The Big Bang Theory, which heads into the Thursday 8 p.m. anchor spot next season (into new comedy $#*!My Dad Says), I can’t help but wonder why the writers saved the perfect-match for Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik, until the very last scene. Hopefully, we will see more of Sheldon’s potential love interest in 2010-11.


Next fall, new comedy Mike & Molly inherits the 9:30 p.m. time period out of Two and a Half Men and into the revival of Hawaii Five-O.


Over at Fox, the two-hour series-finale of 24 was on the map with an above-average 6.6/10 from 8-10 p.m. Here is the half-hour breakdown:

24 (Fox)
8:00 p.m.: 6.3/10 (#2)
8:30 p.m.: 6.3/10 (#2)
9:00 p.m.: 6.7/10 (#3)
9:30 p.m.: 7.1/10 (#2)

This fall on Fox, look for returning House into new drama Lonestar.


Elsewhere, the two-hour season-finale of NBC’s Chuck limped along with a 3.4/ 5 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., which only proves the show should be concluding (and not leading into new dramas The Event and Chase, which will not benefit from the lack of support this fall). At 10 p.m., the series-finale of Law & Order perked up to a second-place 5.9/10, which was 69 percent above the 9:30 p.m. portion of Chuck (3.5/ 5). To the fans outraged over the lack of an official final episode of Law & Order, my guess is NBC will announce a two-hour wrap-up for next season. Stay tuned.