May 15, 2012




A night for departures and arrivals..


CBS:  The 1-hour season finale of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (which disclosed not The Mother, but Barney’s wife) was up from recent episodes at 3.6, also better than last week’s 2 Broke Girls finale.  The 2 1/2 MEN season finale was even with recent weeks at 3.8, but MIKE & MOLLY‘s finale was up a bit at 3.3.  HAWAII 5-0‘s season finale was up from last week’s season low, but even with other recent episodes.

NBC:  AMERICA’S GOT TALENT debuted with a 3.6, which despite all the hype around new judge Howard Stern, was lower than the show’s off-season start last year at 4.3.  SMASH‘s season finale drew no new viewers, as the show’s 1.8 was the same number it had for the past 3 weeks.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS provided a season low 2.6 lead in for the return of THE BACHELORETTE, which held the 2.6 number.  That was a bit below Bachelorette‘s 2.8 debut last year, but in 2011 it had a far stronger Dancing number as lead-in.

FOX:  The BONES season finale tied its 1.9 season low from last week.  The penultimate HOUSE was up a bit to 2.2.

CW:  GOSSIP GIRL‘s season finale got a solid lift to 0.6 (up from last week’s terrible 0.4), then the HART OF DIXIE season finale held even at 0.6.

Tonight’s season finales include both NCISes (with a 2-hour finale for NCIS LA), PRIVATE PRACTICE, FASHION STAR, and 90210COUGAR TOWN has its 1-hour ABC finale, as it prepares to change homes to TBS next season.  FOX airs a 2-hour GLEE (not the season finale) with guest star Lindsay Lohan.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."