May 26th, 2010
01:46 PM ET

Season finale ratings not exactly impressive

Maybe it’s not so hard to say goodbye after all.

Despite the surprise many had when news spread that NBC was cutting “Law & Order” from its prime time roster, its last episode wasn’t a ratings winner on Monday. “L&O” pulled in about 500,000 more viewers than its recent average to get a total of 7.6 million on Monday, according to the NYT.

Similarly, the two-hour season finale for “Chuck” saw a series low with only a 1.7 rating in its first 60 minutes; about 5 million watched. “24," by comparison, had a "humble" sendoff, as EW.com put it, with nearly 9 million viewers watching as the series came to an end.

And while "Dancing with the Stars" had 19 million viewers on average for Monday's show, the season finale and winner reveal attracted about 18.2 million viewers. The show's 3.8 rating is a season high according to the ABC press release, but number-crunchers at TVByTheNumbers.com note that rating is a 27 percent drop over last spring's finale.


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  1. ann

    it's so hard to believe that 19 million people watched dancing with the start. i know exactly zero people who watch that show - who and where are all these viewers?

    May 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jim

    it is no wonder NBC is in 3rd or 4th place, they put all their good shows on their USA network! e.g. Monk, Burn notice, In plain sight, and others

    May 27, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sara

    Maybe if they were advertised, people would watch them. I watched Castle not realizing until halfway through it was the season finale. Dont they usually tout that sort of thing?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Also, I'm a different Sara than the one above. Not usual that I find another one with her name spelled correctly!

      May 27, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Matt

    Love Chuck and Lost, so chose to DVR chuck and watch LOST on Monday. I caught up with Chuck on Tuesday. Do these numbers reflect shows that are recorded, DVR'd, TIVO'd? Either way, you could tell Chuck was planning on a series finale just in case. The final scene was a last ditch thought to continue the show next season (which I am excited for). Even if I am one of the 3, Rachel, at least I'll enjoy it next season. Sarah is HOT and wears great pajamas ;).

    May 27, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. BETH

    Sara: read the article. It says the season finale of Chuck, not the series finale

    May 27, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. jensen

    I'd love to sit down with NBC execs. So many of their problems aren't difficult to solve. Lets face it, Law and Order on Friday Night at 8pm was a bomb. Then moving it to Monday night at 10pm after Leno failed wasn't such a bright idea either. First, it was late in the season, and they hardly promoted the move. Most of the season I felt like I was watching Law and Order re-runs. This is a classic NBC show with a loyal following. It also has one of it's best casts in years. Such a shame they don't stick with it. I'd love to see a Law and Order Night on NBC. I feel like I've watched this show for 20 years and I just got a crappy quickie ending with no warning. It did NOTHING to sum up the series. The show deserves so much better. 20 years and it "suddenly" gets cancelled? NBC, you SUCK!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      There was no wrap up because when they filmed it they didn't know it would be the series finale. In fact, that's why I didn't watch. Why watch when it was 'just another episode'? They say they may do a proper send of next year.

      May 27, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • DV

      Ditto....NBC does suck...L&O deserved better....

      May 27, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sara

    There is a misprint. This was the season finale, NOT the series finale, for Chuck. It has been renewed for next season...

    May 26, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • rachel

      Actually this version that I am seeing says season finale but series low. Either way that show was good for about three episodes then the joke got old and characters remained awkward and they did cancel it because it sucked but because the three random people who watched it wrote letter they renewed it why NBC now surprised that the rating still suck.

      May 27, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • let's be real

      Not trying to be a grammar cop, but your comment is a run-on nightmare. Three random people? Right... good one. I don't even watch the show, but your comment is just downright silly.

      May 27, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |

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