Primetime Ratings: Jack Bauer Can't Defeat Dancing, Laughs

‘24' season finale falls behind CBS comedies, ‘Dancing with the Stars'

Jack Bauer may have saved the world again on Fox, but he couldn't deliver a ratings win for the network. The finale of 24 drew a 3/8 in the 18-49 demo Monday, placing third against the season finale's of the CBS comedies and ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

The season finale of Two and a Half Men was the top-rated show in the demo in primetime Monday, leading the way to a win for CBS. Men and the season ender of Rules of Engagement beat the debut of ABC's The Bachelorette from 9-10. The three-hour premiere of The Bachelorette drew a tepid second-place finish in a night heavy on season finales.

The final night of performances on ABC's Dancing With the Stars' was the most-watched show of the night, averaging 18.7 million viewers and a first-place 4.2/12 at 8 p.m. At 3.1/9, CBS was next with Rules of Engagement (2.6/8, third place from 8-8:30) and How I Met Your Mother (3.7/10, second place from 8:30-9). Fox's 24 was third at 2.9/8. NBC was next at 1.2/3 for Deal Or No Deal. The CW was fifth with the season finale of Gossip Girl turning in a 1.1/3.

CBS took first place at 9 and didn't relinquish the lead for the remainder of the night. Two and a Half Men earned a 4.8/12 and 14.4 million viewers. Fox moved up to second at 3.2/8 with the second hour of 24. The second hour of the Bachelorette debut was again third with a 3.1/8. The second hour of Deal Or No Deal on NBC rose to 1.5/4 but stayed in fourth. The CW was fifth at 1.3/3 for the season ender of One Tree Hill.

At 10 the season finale CSI: Miami earned a 3.8/11 and 13.9 million viewers for CBS. The final hour of The Bachelorette came in at 2.8/8. NBC was third at 1.9/5 for what may be the series finale of Medium.

On the night CBS was tops with a 3.9/11. ABC was next at 3.4/9. ABC just beat out CBS in total viewers with 12.18 million compared to CBS' 12.16 million. Fox was third with a 3.0/8. NBC came in at 1.5/4. The CW was fifth with a 1.2/3.