TV ratings: 'America's Got Talent' strong but not enough to beat ABC and 'Dancing with the Stars'

americas-got-talent-full-cast-1-nbc.jpgFast National ratings for Monday, May 14, 2012

Curiosity about Howard Stern on "America's Got Talent" was not enough to knock "Dancing with the Stars" from its perch atop the Monday ratings heap. The dancing competition, combined with the newest round of "The Bachelorette" propelled ABC to winning the night.

Other ratings of note include a nice bump for the season finales of "Mike & Molly" and "Gossip Girl." The Upper East Side drama returned to the positive side of one million viewers after dipping well below last week.

ABC won the night in total viewers with 11.9 million and a 7.7 rating/12 share in households. CBS came in second with 10.4 million, 6.4/10. NBC (8.9 million, 5.3/8) finished third. FOX landed in fourth spot with 6.7 million viewers and a 4.2/6. And The CW brought up the rear with 1.3 million viewers and a 0.9/1.

CBS won the 18-49 battle with a 3.3. NBC finished second with 3.0. ABC came in third at 2.5. FOX carried a 2.0 and The CW finished last at a 0.6.

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