Monday Ratings for May 16: Goodbyes Draw Viewers
Matt Click
Matt Click
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Finales ruled Monday night, with Chuck, Castle, Hawaii Five-0, and How I Met Your Mother all enjoying hefty ratings increases with their season finales. And of course Dancing with the Stars fared well. We also said goodbye forever to a few shows.

Castle wrangled a whopping 13.21 million, while Hawaii Five-0 managed 9.83 million. Both shows featured huge cliffhangers in their season finales, leaving fans hungry for more. How I Met Your Mother had 7.11 million viewers. Chuck's season finale drew 4.47 million viewers. All four shows are returning next season (Chuck for its final 13 episodes), but fans have a long summer ahead of them.

Be sure to read our Chuck and Castle recaps!

FOX's House aired its penultimate season episode last night, with 8.85 million viewers. Also on FOX, the cancelled Chicago Code was up 12%, with 5.92 million viewers.

You can check out our House recap here.

As if ABC needed any help winning the night with its Castle finale, along comes two hours of Dancing with the Stars, with 22.99 million viewers. ABC easily won the night with this one-two punch combination of DWTS and Castle.

Read our DWTS recap here.

NBC's The Event, which has been cancelled for next season, was up slightly, with 4.01 million viewers. Also cancelled, Law and Order: Los Angeles was down, with 4.32 million viewers. I guess NBC made the right call?

On CBS, the Mad Love and Mike & Molly season finales were both up, with 5.81 million and 8.57 million viewers, respectively. Mad Love's season finale was also the series finale, as the show has been cancelled for next season.

On the CW, more season finales! 90210 and Gossip Girl both aired their season finales with increases. 90210 had 1.65 million viewers, while Gossip Girl had 1.34 million viewers.

Read our Gossip Girl recap here!

Monday was a night of goodbyes, certainly! How were the season finales that you watched, and which season finales are you still looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: Nielsen

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