It was a night of finales and premieres and Howard Stern promising to play nice in primetime. The self-proclaimed King of All Media’s debut as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent (3.6/10) was down 16% from last season’s May 31 opener but still won the 9 PM slot Monday. The two-hour season premiere came in just short of last week’s The Voice finale. On CBS, the hourlong finale of How I Met Your Mother (3.6/10) was up 9% from two weeks ago. The Two And A Half Men (3.8/10) finale was even with the previous week. Mike & Molly (3.3/8) and Hawaii Five-0 (2.7/7) were up 6% and 17% respectively in their season-enders.
CBS took the night in adults 18-49, but ABC won in total viewers.
The semifinals first hour of Dancing With The Stars (2.4/7) was down a touch from last week. Dancing With The Stars (2.9/8) also dipped a bit in its usually strong last half hour from 9 to 9:30 PM. The 90-minute premiere of The Bachelorette was 2.6/7 in its 9:30-10 PM slot and 2.5/7 in the 10-11 PM time period. That’s makes single mom Emily Maynard’s search for her man down 11% from last season and the series lowest-rated premiere. The Smash (1.8/5) first-season finale was even with the recently renewed series’ performance last week. The end of the seventh season of Bones (1.9/5) on Fox saw the series add 1% to last week’s numbers but hit a finale low. The second-to-last episode ever of House (2.2/6) saw Hugh Laurie and his band of medical misfits up 5% from last week. The finale of Gossip Girl (0.6/2) was up from last week, while the Hart Of Dixie (0.6/1) finale was steady from the week before.
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