TV Ratings: Rising CBS Finales Top Monday, 'America's Got Talent' Returns Steady-ish
America's Got Talent returned to the NBC lineup with the addition of judge Howard Stern. The two-hour premiere was only two tenths of a point shy of last week's Monday episode of The Voice, earning a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49. It's a drop from last year's season premiere, which led into The Voice, but topped the previous two debuts. At 10 p.m., Smash matched its most recent performance, pulling a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. The network earned 3.0 demo rating overall, grabbing 8.9 million viewers.
Dancing With the Stars pulled a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49, down a tenth of a point from the previous week, but also short of the 9:30 p.m. half-hour that normally sees its strongest showing. The 90-minute premiere of The Bachelorette followed with a 2.5 rating in the demo. That's three tenths of a point shy of last summer's premiere and finale -- both of which scored a 2.8. ABC placed third for the night with 18-49-ers, posting a 2.5 rating. It topped in total viewers with 11.9 million.
Bones hit a low for season finales, though it retained its numbers from the previous week. The seventh season ender brought in a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, leading into the penultimate episode of House (2.2) and giving Fox a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating for the night and 6.8 million viewers.
On the CW, Gossip Girl climbed two tenths of a point for a 0.6 in the demo, matching an even Hart of Dixie at 9 p.m.