'Dancing' big; Fox second with 'House'

The performance finale of ”Dancing With the Stars” and the season opener of ”The Bachelorette” lifted ABC to ratings victory Monday. It was too little, too late, meanwhile, for a trio of now-canceled dramas on NBC and Fox that closed with gains.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”Dancing With the Stars” averaged a 4.6 rating/13 share in adults 18-49 and 22.2 million viewers overall to dominate the 8 o’clock hour and stand as the night’s No. 1 program; heading into tonight’s finale, ”Dancing” is delivering its most-watched season to date. The hoofing hit was followed by the premiere of summer series ”The Bachelorette” (2.8/7 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall), which led the broadcast pack from 9 to 11 but was down vs. last year.

At Fox, ”House” ran a solid second in the 8 o’clock hour (3.3/10 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) despite coming in about 20% below last year’s finale. It was followed by the finale of canceled rookie drama ”The Chicago Code” (2.0/5in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall), which was up about 10% week to week.

CBS, which aired its finales last week, went with repeats of ”How I Met Your Mother” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall at 8 p.m. and 1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall at 8:30 p.m.), ”Two and a Half Men” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) and ”Mike and Molly” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), followed by the new special ”Clash of the Commercials: USA vs. the World” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall).

NBC was up a bit across the board but remained fifth among the broadcasters (behind Univision) with its lineup of gameshow ”Minute to Win It” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) and first-year dramas ”The Event” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall for its finale) and ”Law and Order: L.A.” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall). ”Event” and ”LOLA” both grew week to week by double-digit percentages but remained laggards in their timeslots and won’t be a part of the Peacock next season.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 3.4/9; Fox, 2.6/7; CBS, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.7/5; NBC, 1.4/4.

In total viewers: ABC, 13.6 million; Fox, 7.1 million; CBS, 6.3 million; NBC, 4.9 million; Univision, 4.0 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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