americas got talent full cast 1 nbc TV ratings: 'America's Got Talent' strong but not enough to beat ABC and 'Dancing with the Stars'Fast National ratings for Monday, May 14, 2012

Curiosity about Howard Stern on “America’s Got Talent” was not enough to knock “Dancing with the Stars” from its perch atop the Monday ratings heap. The dancing competition, combined with the newest round of “The Bachelorette” propelled ABC to winning the night.

Other ratings of note include a nice bump for the season finales of “Mike & Molly” and “Gossip Girl.” The Upper East Side drama returned to the positive side of one million viewers after dipping well below last week.

won the night in total viewers with 11.9 million and a 7.7 rating/12 share in households. CBS came in second with 10.4 million, 6.4/10. NBC (8.9 million, 5.3/8) finished third. FOX landed in fourth spot with 6.7 million
viewers and a 4.2/6. And The CW brought up the rear with 1.3 million
viewers and a 0.9/1.

CBS won the 18-49 battle with a 3.3. NBC finished second with 3.0. ABC came in third at 2.5. FOX carried a 2.0 and The CW finished last at a 0.6.

Monday hour by hour:

]]>8 p.m. ABC: “Dancing with the Stars” (14.8 million viewers, 9.6/15 households)
NBC: “America’s Got Talent” (9.96 million, 5.8/9)
CBS: “How I Met Your Mother” season finale (8.5 million, 5.0/8)
FOX: “Bones” season finale (7.1 million, 4.4/7)

The CW: “Gossip Girl” season finale (1.2 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: “How I Met Your Mother” (3.6) 9 p.m. ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” (17.1 million, 11.0/16)/”The Bachelorette” (9.3 million, 6.0/9)
CBS: “Two and a Half Men” season finale (11.3 million, 6.9/10)/”Mike & Molly” season finale (11.6 million, 7.2/11)
NBC: “America’s Got Talent” (10.7 million, 6.2/9)
FOX: “House” (6.5 million, 4.0/6)
The CW: “Hart of Dixie” season finale (1.5 million, 1.0/1) 18-49 leader: “America’s Got Talent” (3.8) 10 p.m. CBS: “Hawaii Five-0” season finale (11.3 million, 7.0/11)
ABC: “The Bachelorette” (7.7 million, 5.1/8)
NBC: “Smash” season finale (6.1 million, 4.0/6) 18-49 leader: “Hawaii Five-0” (2.7)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:David Eckstein