Finales Power NBC to Monday Win

Fast National ratings for Monday, June 5, 2006

The season finales of "Deal or No Deal" and "The Apprentice" delivered strong ratings for NBC Monday, livening up an otherwise rerun-heavy summer night.

NBC averaged a 9.1 rating/15 share in primetime, well ahead of second-place CBS, which came in at 5.9/10. ABC was third in households at 3.1/5, although FOX, 3.0/5, had a few more total viewers. The WB took fifth with a 2.6/4, doubling UPN's 1.3/2.

NBC scored another convincing victory in the adults 18-49 demographic, where it averaged a 4.9 rating. CBS was a distant second at 2.6. FOX, 1.8, finished third, followed by ABC, 1.6, and The WB, 1.5. UPN trailed with a 0.8.

"Deal or No Deal" dominated the 8 p.m. hour with a 10.2/18. CBS finished second with reruns of "The King of Queens," 4.3/6, and "How I Met Your Mother," 3.7/6. A "Wife Swap" rerun was third for ABC. FOX got a 2.6/4 from the movie "Rush Hour 2." The first half of the "Everwood" series finale posted a 2.4/4 for The WB, topping reruns of "One on One" and "All of Us" on UPN.

NBC stayed on top at 9 p.m. with the final half hour of "Deal," 12.9/21, and the start of "The Apprentice," 7.4/12. CBS held onto second, averaging 5.6/9 with "Two and a Half Men" and "Old Christine." FOX's movie moved into third. A "George Lopez" rerun, 2.5/4, and the start of the ALMA Awards, 3.1/5, put ABC in fourth. "Everwood" bowed out with a 2.7/4. UPN went with "Girlfriends" and "Half & Half."

A "CSI: Miami" rerun, 8.1/13, put CBS on top at 10 p.m. "The Apprentice" concluded with a 7.1/12 as Donald Trump named Sean Yazbeck this season's winner. The ALMA Awards averaged 2.8/5 for ABC.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.
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