It’s down to Chelsea Kane, Hines Ward, and Kirstie Alley — and viewers definitely want to see if talent triumphs over personality. More than 22 million people tuned into this season’s last performance night of Dancing With the Stars, which gave ABC a key win on Monday in the demo (3.4 rating/9 share) and viewers (131.5 million), according to early results.
Dancing With The Stars earned a 4.6/13 — down 6 percent from its last fall performance finale, but still enough to take the 8-9 timeslot. It didn’t do much good for the premiere of The Bachelorette, however: The latest installment earned a 2.8/7, which was flat with last season’s premiere and tied as its lowest-rated premiere ever.
There were lots of other finales last night. The House ender earned a 3.3/10 — down 23 percent from last season’s finale, but still enough to give Fox a second place win in the demo and viewers on Monday. The Chicago Code, which got canned before the upfronts, earned a 2.0/5.
On NBC, The Event series finale earned a 1.5/4, up 15 percent from last week’s telecast. (So long for now, Jason Ritter! You’ll be missed). And Law & Order: LA got a 1.4/5, up 27 percent from last week’s telecast.
CBS aired a bunch of dang repeats of its comedies, along with a special dubbed Clash of the Commercials, which earned a 2.0/5.