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'Desperate Housewives' Goes Out On A (Relatively) High Note

Jonathan Teigland Jonathan Teigland
May 17th, 2012 9:43am EDT

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One of the final weeks of the TV season was a mixed bag for the networks. CBS, FOX and ABC had a few things to croon about, while NBC had to settle for, well, just a couple.

‘NCIS’ continues to outperform its rivals, taking in over 18 million viewers to rank first for the week, which had to make CBS happy. FOX was in the game with both installments of ‘American Idol,’ which placed second and fourth, respectively. And ABC got good numbers from ‘Castle’ and, of course, ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ To boot, ‘Desperate Housewives’ went out on a high note on Sunday, attracting over 11 million viewers. While that’s just a fraction of the number who used to tune in, it’s well above the show’s season average. Some might consider it a disappointing performance for a series finale, however.

NBC, meanwhile, had to settle for two editions of ‘The Voice’ as its only two entries in the Top 20. The results show did well, placing 11th, but the network has to be worried that interest is waning, particularly since there is a fall and spring edition planned next year. Remember what happened to ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ when it was overexposed?

Here’s the full Top 20:

Rank Show Network Day Viewers
1 NCIS CBS TUE 18,195,000
2 AMERICAN IDOL - WED FOX WED 16,456,000
3 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC MON 16,365,000
4 AMERICAN IDOL - THURS FOX THURS 15,616,000
5 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS TUE 14,562,000
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS THURS 13,717,000
7 DANCING WITH THE STARS - RESULTS ABC TUE 13,708,000
8 PERSON OF INTEREST CBS THURS 12,957,000
9 THE MENTALIST CBS THURS 12,624,000
10 CASTLE ABC MON 12,358,000
11 THE VOICE - RESULTS NBC TUE 11,926,000
12 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS WED 11,620,000
13 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS MON 11,430,000
14 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC SUN 11,119,000
15 UNFORGETTABLE CBS TUE 10,836,000
16 THE VOICE NBC MON 10,738,000
17 BLUE BLOODS  CBS FRI 10,727,000
18 CSI CBS WED 10,727,000
19 MODERN FAMILY ABC WED 10,580,000
20 SURVIVOR CBS SUN 10,344,000
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