May 26th, 2010
01:46 PM ET
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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