May 22, 2012




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Last night, House left the building.

FOX:  The series finale of HOUSE had a respectable 2.9 rating, up a strong 0.7 from last week, but not even close to its season high, let alone the numbers from prior years.  It was preceded by a 1-hour clip show that did an OK 2.1.

NBC:  AMERICA’S GOT TALENT was down a significant 0.5 from its premiere last week to 3.2 (now that everyone’s had a look at Howard Stern as a judge).  AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR premiered with a decent 2.4, but as Mitch Metcalf noted this morning, the show’s rating declined steadily throughout its 2 hours.

ABC:  The season’s penultimate DANCING WITH THE STARS was up a bit from last week to 2.9, but that was still lower than the ratings the show was getting just 4-5 weeks ago, and far under last year’s numbers.  THE BACHELORETTE held fairly well with 2.4, down just 0.2 from last week and 0.4 from last year’s parallel week.

CBS:  A special called CLASH OF THE COMMERCIALS:  AMERICA VS THE WORLD did a lousy 1.3, 3rd place in its hour and 0.6 below last year’s version of the thing.  Before that, reruns of the Monday sitcoms scored 1.3-2.0 (which could easily be mistaken for first-run ratings of NBC’s comedies.)

CW:  Reruns of ONE TREE HILL were barely visible at 0.2-0.3.

With just 2 nights left in the broadcast season, tonight’s finales include GLEE on FOX and DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC.

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."