glee goodbye ratings TV ratings: 'Glee' and 'Dancing With the Stars' finales down from last yearFast National ratings for Tuesday, May 22, 2012

“Glee’s” graduation episode Tuesday night scored its best ratings in three months, although it was way down from last season’s finale and finished behind “America’s Got Talent” in adults 18-49 for the hour. “American Idol’s” shift to Tuesday for its final performance show also drove ratings down some.

Elsewhere, “Dancing With the Stars” ended its season with its biggest results show numbers of the spring, but it was also off significantly from last spring’s finale. The CW’s “The L.A. Complex” scored (or rather, didn’t score) the dubious achievement of a zero share in households.

ABC averaged 14.6 million viewers and a 9.5 rating/15 share in households to lead Tuesday’s overall race. FOX (11 million, 6.5/10) came in second, beating out CBS’ rerun lineup (8.6 million, 5.8/9). NBC was fourth with 6.55 million viewers and a 4.0/6, while The CW (670,000, 0.4/1) was barely a blip.

FOX won the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.6 rating, a point better than ABC’s 2.6. NBC finished third with a 2.1, followed by CBS, 1.5, and The CW, 0.2.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” (14.4 million viewers, 8.4/14 households)
ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” rerun (8.8 million, 5.8/10)
CBS: “NCIS” rerun (7.5 million, 5.1/8)
NBC: “America’s Got Talent” rerun (5.3 million, 3.4/6)
The CW: “Hart of Dixie” rerun (890,000, 0.5/1) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (4.2) 9 p.m. ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” season finale (16.85 million, 11.0/17)
NBC: “America’s Got Talent” (9.3 million, 5.4/8)
CBS: “NCIS” rerun (9.2 million, 6.1/9)
FOX: “Glee” season finale (7.6 million, 4.6/7)
The CW: “The L.A. Complex” (450,000, 0.3/0) 18-49 leader: “America’s Got Talent” (3.2) 10 p.m. ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” season finale (18.1 million, 11.8/19)
CBS: “NCIS” rerun (9.3 million, 6.2/10)
NBC: Special – “Dateline NBC 20th Anniversary” (5.05 million, 3.3/5) 18-49 leader: “Dancing With the Stars” (3.4) Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable

Posted by:Rick Porter