Dancing With The Stars Ratings

NBC wins in demos as music show is night's top program; Fox's 'Goodwin Games' bows meekly

The final performance show of the season gave ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” a boost on Monday, as it hit a nine-week high and narrowed the demo gap with NBC’s “The Voice,” which remained the night’s top show despite declines. Closing things out, CBS’ “Hawaii Five-O” won its timeslot with its final original episode on a Monday.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Dancing With the Stars” averaged a 2.5 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 14.7 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., up 25% (0.5) from last week and pulling within 3 shares of NBC’s “The Voice” in 18-49 (3.4/10 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall), which was off about 10% to a Monday low.

“Dancing” narrowed the gap with “The Voice” in adults 25-54 (3.5 vs. 4.2) and easily beat out the NBC show and everything else on Monday in total viewers. A year ago, “Dancing” wrapped its spring edition with a 2.9 rating for an final Monday performance show.

At 10 p.m., a special preview of new crime drama “Motive” averaged a 1.4/4 in 18-49 and drew 6.8 million viewers overall. It’s hard to make much of these numbers, in part because ABC consistently promoted the show’s Thursday 9 p.m. episode this week as its “premiere” and likely confused many potential viewers.

Elsewhere, CBS aired a couple of finales and some repeats, with the planned “Mike & Molly” season-ender postponed due to a tornado-related storyline that the net felt was inappropriate to air on a day that Oklahoma was ravaged by a tornado.

Following a special “2 Broke Girls” encore at 8 (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), the series finale of “Rules of Engagement” averaged a 1.8/5 in 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers overall. It was followed by a special repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) and a repeat “Mike & Molly” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall). And at 10, “Hawaii Five-O” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) won its timeslot in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers; the show shifts to Friday nights in the fall.

Hawaii Five-0″ held an 18-49 edge on NBC’s “Revolution” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), which won’t wrap its first season until June 3.

Fox premiered its early-summer comedy lineup to weak results, with “The Goodwin Games” bowing softly at 8:30 p.m. (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall), on par with the repeat of “Raising Hope” leading off the night (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall). It was followed by encores of “New Girl” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall) and “The Mindy Project” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall). Fox will be airing “So You Think You Can Dance” on Tuesdays this summer, so it needed to find space on its lineup to air encores of its live-action half-hours and to squeeze in “Goodwin Games.”

And CW went with two episodes of gameshow “Oh Sit” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall at 8 and 0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.6 million viewers overall at 9).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.9/8; ABC, 2.1/6; CBS, 1.9/5; Univision, 1.5/4; Fox, 0.6/2; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 12.1 million; NBC, 9.0 million; CBS, 7.5 million; Univision, 3.8 million; Fox, 1.6 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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