By James Hibberd
Updated May 22, 2012 at 03:28 PM EDT
House Finale

After eight seasons, the series finale of House had a solid final episode in the ratings, claiming one last time period victory for Fox.

House (8.7 million viewers, 2.9), won the 9 p.m. hour Monday evening with its guest-star-filled last episode. The hour was up 32 percent from last week and the show had its best number in a few months, though House was still down quite a bit from its current season high.

After 177 episodes, including many years with really strong ratings, personally I’m a bit surprised more viewers didn’t check out the ending. Guess when we’re done with a show we’re just done, huh? Fox’s House retrospective (6.1 million, 2.0) performed fair.

The House finale aired opposite the premiere of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior (6.1 million, 2.4). Blessed with an America’s Got Talent (9.5 million, 3.1) lead-in that won the night, Ninja Warrior pulled off a solid summer number (especially for a show that’s aired on the humble cable network G4 for years), though it couldn’t keep pace with its Got Talent opener. NBC’s decision to run an obstacle course competition for a full two hours might have been a bit taxing for viewers — the show’s rating dipped each half hour.

Ninja Warrior tied the latest edition of The Bachelorette (7.7 million, 2.4), which was down a tick from last week’s premiere. The Dancing With the Stars finale (16.5 million, 2.8) served as lead-in.

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