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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.