Fast National ratings for Monday, May 22, 2006
On a night full of season, and series, finales, Monday's Nielsen ratings stuck pretty close to their usual pattern, with CBS scoring an overall victory and FOX grabbing the demographic crown.
CBS averaged a 9.0 rating/14 share among households for the evening, beating FOX's 8.1/12 for the top spot. NBC grabbed third with a 7.3/11. ABC, which said goodbye to "Alias," was fourth at 5.8/9. The WB, 1.6/3, and UPN, 1.4/3, were both well back.
FOX earned the highest rating, 5.4, in the adults 18-49 demographic that makes advertisers happy. CBS took second with a 4.7, followed by NBC at 4.1. ABC came in fourth with a 3.0. UPN and The WB tied at 0.9.
"Deal or No Deal," 8.7/14, put NBC on top in a competitive 8 p.m. hour. ABC was second in households with its special "Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball," 8.3/13, though the first half of the "24" finale (7.5/12) on FOX had more total viewers. The season finale of "The King of Queens," 5.6/9, and "The New Adventures of Old Christine," 5.1/8, put CBS in fourth. A "7th Heaven" rerun on The WB edged repeats of "One on One" and "All of Us" on UPN.
CBS took the lead in households at 9 with the season finales of "Two and a Half Men," 9.9/15, and "Old Christine," 8.6/13. The conclusion of "24" posted an 8.7/13 and led the hour in viewers. NBC dropped to third with "The Apprentice." Part one of the "Alias" series finale delivered a 4.8/7 for ABC. "Everwood," 2.0/3, kept The WB ahead of UPN, which went with "Girlfriends" and "Half & Half."