Reality shows, ‘House’ finale are Monday winners

Fox drama and NBC's 'Talent' post top demo scores

NBC edged ABC for the lead among young adults on the final Monday of the television season, as the Peacock’s ”America’s Got Talent” stood as the night’s top show in demos. Fox’s ”House” went out a winner with its finale, which followed a retrospective.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, summer stalwart ”America’s Got Talent” continues to do well in season for NBC, as its hourlong installment on Monday led the 8 o’clock hour in key demos (3.1/9 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) and was the night’s No. 1 show in 18-49. It was followed by the premiere of ”American Ninja Warrior” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall), which did a solid number and was up sharply over its first airing of the program on NBC last August.

ABC, a tick behind NBC for Monday’s 18-49 lead and the night’s top dog in both adults 25-54 and total viewers, was led by the performance finale of ”Dancing With the Stars” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 16.5 million viewers overall), which grew a bit week to week and was the evening’s most-watched program overall. From 9 to 11 p.m., ”The Bachelorette” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) was down a bit vs. its premiere of last week.

At Fox, the special ”House: Retrospective” did a 2.0/6 in 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, and the series finale that followed spiked up to a 2.9/7 in 18-49 and 8.7 million viewers overall. Similarly to ABC’s ”Desperate Housewives,” which also wrapped this month after eight seasons, the Fox medical drama saw a nice gain for its final episode (up 32% week to week for its best score since late January) and led its hour in key demos.

CBS ran fourth on the night (tied with Univision), going with repeats of its regular comedies after they all wrapped over the last two weeks. ”How I Met Your Mother” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) was followed by ”2 Broke Girls” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), ”Two and a Half Men” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) and ”Mike and Molly” (1.7/4 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall). The new special ”Clash of the Commercials: USA vs. the World” closed out the night (1.4/4 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), down from last year’s similar program.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.6/7; ABC, 2.5/7; Fox, 2.4/7; CBS and Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 10.6 million; Fox, 7.4 million; NBC, 7.2 million; CBS, 5.7 million; Univision, 3.9 million; CW, 0.6 million.

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