'Dancing, Castle' Propel ABC's Season End


Sprinting toward the finish of the TV season, a number of shows improved ratings results because of season finales on the next-to-last Monday night of the season. But ABC conquered all, easily coming out on top. 

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and "Castle" gained versus previous performances, posting a Nielsen 4.5 rating/12 share and a 3.3/9 among 18-49 viewers, respectively. "Stars" had a 4.3 rating the week before; "Castle" was at a 3.1.

Overall, ABC had a 4.1 rating/11 share for the night versus a 3.8 the week before. Fox and CBS were well behind: Fox was at a 2.7/7; CBS earned a 2.5/6. Both networks were up versus a week before. Fox averaged a 2.3 rating and CBS scored a 2.2 rating.

Fox had the next-best-rated show of the night, "House," which greatly improved to 3.6/9 up from a 2.9 the week before. The now-canceled "Chicago Code" also gained to a 1.9/5 from a 1.8.



CBS also witnessed improvement with its best show coming from "How I Met Your Mother" -- a 3.0/6 up from a 2.5 at 8 p.m. "Hawaii Five-0" finale did better with a 2.5/7 versus a 2.3 rating the week before. But it ended up in second place at 10 p.m. to the "Castle" finale. "Mike & Molly" took a 2.5/6 in its finale versus a 2.2 rating the week before.

NBC was in deep fourth place. "Chuck" perked up a bit for its finale at 8 p.m., a 1.5/5 versus a 1.3 the week before. Next season will be its last. Two other canceled dramas, "The Event" and "Law & Order: LA," completed NBC's Monday with a 1.3/3 and a 1.1/3, respectively. For the night, NBC earned a 1.3/3 versus a 1.2 rating the previous week.

Univision fared better than NBC, at a 1.5/5. CW's finales for "90210" and "Gossip Girl" were up a bit -- a 0.8/2 in 18-49 viewers and 1.0/3 in 18-34 viewers for "90210" and 0.7/2 in 18-49 and a 0.9/3 in 18-34 for "Gossip Girl."

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