TV ratings: CBS finales bounce 'Bachelorette' Monday

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Fast National ratings for Monday, May 18, 2009

The new season of "The Bachelorette" got off to a somewhat modest start Monday as more people tuned in to a set of season finales on CBS.

ABC led the night in households, scoring an 8.0 rating/13 share to edge CBS' 7.6/12, although the two networks finished in a virtual tie among total viewers (12.18 million for ABC, 12.16 million for CBS). FOX, 5.6/9, finished third. NBC took fourth with a 3.5/6, and The CW trailed at 1.7/3.

CBS grabbed the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 3.9 rating. ABC, 3.4, came in second, followed by FOX at 3.0. NBC averaged 1.5 and The CW 1.2.

The final performances on "Dancing with the Stars" scored an 11.9/20 for ABC at 8 p.m. Part one of the "24" season finale on FOX drew a 5.3/9, beating out "Rules of Engagement," 4.7/8, and "How I Met Your Mother," 5.4/9, on CBS. "Deal or No Deal" put NBC in fourth, ahead of the "Gossip Girl" finale, 1.6/3, on The CW.

CBS moved in front at 9 with the finales of "Two and a Half Men," 9.8/15, and "Rules of Engagement," 7.9/12. "The Bachelorette" (6.6/10) took second in households, but the conclusion of "24" on FOX, 6.0/9, had more total viewers. A second hour of "Deal or No Deal" drew a 3.4/5 for NBC. The CW's "One Tree Hill" finale improved slightly over its lead-in.

At 10, the season ender for "CSI: Miami" delivered an 8.9/15 for CBS. "The Bachelorette" fell to 5.5/9 in its second hour, but that was good enough to beat the "Medium" finale, 4.4/7, on NBC.

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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