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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘House’ Ends Run On High-Ish Note, ‘Talent’ Down, ‘Ninja’ Strong

May 22, 2012

Dr. Gregory House treated his last patient last night when Fox’s medical drama bowed out after eight seasons. The series finale of House at 9 PM (2.9/7 among adults 18-49, 8.7 million viewers) jumped 32% from last week in adults 18-49 and 36% in total viewers to log the series’ best numbers since January. It was below this season’s premiere (3.9/9) and last season’s finale (3.3). The House finale was preceded by a retrospective special (2.0/6).

ABC’s Dancing With The Stars is wrapping what will likely be its lowest-rated cycle. The performance finale last night drew a 2.8/8, up 8% from last week but a series low for a performance finale. At 9 PM, a two-hour The Bachelorette (2.4/6) was down 8% from last week’s season premiere. NBC’s America’s Got Talent (3.1/9) from 8-9 PM was down 16% from its two-hour season premiere last week but still ranked as the top program of the night in 18-49. From 9-11 PM, G4′s American Ninja Warrior (2.4/6) made a surprisingly strong return to the schedule of corporate sibling NBC. The reality series was up sharply from its first airing on NBC last August, when its third-season finale posted a 1.7/4 on the broadcast network. Ninja Warrior also helped NBC edge ABC for the top spot in adults 18-49 last night in a very close finish for NBC (2.6/7), ABC (2.5/7) and Fox (2.4/7). ABC won in total viewers while CBS was out of contention with all reruns.

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