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TV ratings: 'House' finale rises Monday; decent start for 'American Ninja Warrior' on NBC

Fast National ratings for Monday, May 21, 2012The series finale of "House" drew some of its best ratings of the season Monday night, but like the final episode of "Desperate Housewives" the previous week, it didn't come close to the heights it reached at its peak. Elsewhere, the final performances on "Dancing With the Stars" drew the night's biggest overall audience, and "America's Got Talent" had the best numbers among adults 18-49. "AGT" also helped NBC's summer series "American Ninja Warrior" get off to an OK start.ABC finished on top among total viewers in primetime, averaging 10.6 million people and a 7.1 rating/11 share in households. FOX (7.4 million, 4.6/7) edged NBC (7.2 million, 4.1/7) for second place. A night of reruns and specials put CBS (5.7 million, 3.7/6) in fourth. The CW was way back with just over 560,000 viewers and a 0.4/1.In the adults 18-49 demographic, NBC's 2.6 rating led a tight pack,... //

Who Dies In The 'House' Finale?

There was a lot of speculation that House might die during the " House " (8 p.m. ET on Fox). With the episode titled "Everybody Dies" -- a spin on House's veritable catch-phrase, "Everybody lies." -- there was reason to anticipate someone kicking the bucket. And there was a death. And a funeral. But not as anyone might have expected. House spent much of the episode in a drug-induced state, hallucinating various people who've meant something throughout his life. It was a way to bring back both Kutner and Amber who've died along the way. He was contemplating allowing himself to die in the burning warehouse he found himself in alongside his most recent patient. The patient, a proud drug abuser, had been saved by House and his team, but now lay dead next to House. So somebody did die. Foreman and Wilson managed to track House down just as he decided to live, and seemingly watched him perish moments before the warehouse exploded. So there was a funeral. Dental records for the body pulled out matched House and he was declared dead. So Wilson was stunned when House texted him during his eulogy -- the funeral is where almost everyone else who was still alive made their appearances, except for Cuddy. The series ended with the two of them literally riding off into the great unknown, determined to live it up during Wilson's final five months of life. A fitting end? Critics seem mixed, with E! Online loving it, Entertainment Weekly dubbing it cheesy, and The AV Club thinking it rather terrible. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser. //

'House' series finale: Hugh Laurie says don't expect a last-minute change

How does one of the edgiest, most antagonistic characters in series television history say goodbye?Pretty much in the same fashion he said hello.Anything else would ring false for Dr. Gregory House, and title star Hugh Laurie and series creator and executive producer David Shore are determined to see him end true to form as the FOX medical drama "House" wraps up its eight-year run Monday, May 21. Don't expect major reassessments or revelations by the central figure, then, just a final and familiar round of sass and snark. And, very probably, one last swath of professional brilliance."It would almost be one of House's many mantras that people don't change, generally speaking," Laurie tells Zap2it, a two-time winner of Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Television Critics Association Awards who also became a producer as the series proceeded."It's certainly true in television drama. They can't change, actually. If they do, you wind up with a different... //

'House's' nurse speaks: Bobbin Bergstrom on her role on and off camera

Bobbin Bergstrom has appeared on more episodes of "House" than all but five of the show's original cast members. Yet her character doesn't even have a name.Throughout the series' eight-year run, which ends Monday (May 21), Bergstrom has been known just as "Nurse" in the credits. She is, in fact, a registered nurse, and in addition to her on-camera role she's also "House's" medical technical adviser. Her behind-the-scenes role in making sure the show's medical scenes are up to snuff and her on-camera work go hand in hand, she says."It works out better for the company and for me to actually be in scenes," Bergstrom tells Zap2it. "I've always been on camera -- it's something I saw as part of my package, that I can add credibility by being in it as well as doing all the consulting. ... I had worked with the producers before on another show ['Gideon's Crossing,' in the 2000-01 season],... //

'House' series finale: Get a look at House's last case

We're happy to report that the series finale of "House" does not take place in jail, at least not entirely.That's not exactly a spoiler, although after the end of the May 14 episode it's still in doubt whether House (Hugh Laurie) will have to report back to jail if his parole is revoked. In the clips below, though, he's doing his best to stall and get whatever time he can with Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard).Wilson isn't actually in any of the clips, but there's a reference to Leonard's past in the first one, when House asks, "Haven't you ever seen 'Dead Poets Society'?" The reason behind his seemingly newfound altruism is explained in the second scene, and in the third, you meet the patient of the week, played by James LeGros, who has become a go-to guest star of the spring (see also "Girls" and the "Grey's Anatomy" finale).The series finale of "House" airs at... //

House Comes to an End: Producers and Cast Recall Creating a Curmudgeon

House ,a risky, challenging and altogether different kind of medical drama, premiered on November 16, 2004, and turned the genre on its head with a true antihero lead: a doctor who has overt disdain for his patients — and people in general. But thanks to compelling writing and a career-defining performance by British improv-comedy vet Hugh Laurie , the show stayed on the air for eight seasons of abuse (both drug and verbal) and countless diagnoses that were almost never lupus. As House prepares to sign off for good (Monday, May 21 at 8/7c on Fox), talked to the show's creators and cast about building the Emmy-winning drama from the ground up. This is the first of a two-part series....  //

House M.D. Series Finale 2012 “Swan Song/Everybody Dies”

House  M.D.  series finale "Swan Song/Everybody Dies" Season 8  Episode 22  airs Monday May 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis :  The special two-hour HOUSE Series Finale event kicks off with a one-hour retrospective special that will look back at this groundbreaking, seminal series and feature interviews with the series’ stars and producers, special original content and other surprises. Read More... //  

'House': Thirteen Returns, Wilson Accepts His Fate

Olivia Wilde reprised her role as Thirteen on the penultimate episode of " House " (Mon., 9 p.m. ET on Fox) to help give Wilson some perspective, and House a kick in the pants. Wilson continued his struggle to come to terms with the fact that he was dying, and spent much of the episode waffling between two decisions. He could either go through rounds of chemotherapy in hopes of extending his life several years, though much of that would be spent in hospitals and dealing with the health issues chemo brings, or he could simply allow the disease to progress as it will. In that scenario, he has about five months to live. House fought him through most of the episode, for ultimately selfish reasons, and Wilson nearly acquiesced and agreed to fight to live, if only for House's sake. In the end, though, the pair decided to let Wilson enjoy his final months and spend as much of it together as friends. This got complicated, though, when House backed up the pipes in the hospital with a prank against Foreman gone wrong. It caused extensive damage, including taking out an MRI machine. Because of the extent of the damage, the police were called in, evidence pointed to him, and he's in violation. He has to go back and serve out the rest of his sentence, which is six months -- one month longer than Wilson has left to live. Next Monday is the series finale of "House." Find out how it all ends at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser. //

House M.D. “Holding On” Season 8 Episode 21

House  M.D.  "Holding On" Season 8 Episode 21 airs Monday May 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  The team takes on the case of Derrick (guest star Skylar Astin), a 19-year-oldcollege student  who had a mysterious nose bleed during cheerleading practice, and discovers that his health issues are likely both physiological and psychological. Possibly  suffering from schizophrenia, Derrick claims to hear his deceased brother’s voice in his head. Meanwhile, Wilson gets advice from former colleague Thirteen (guest star Wilde) and Foreman tries a different approach with House in  the all-new "Holding On" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... //  

'House' Bids Farewell To Chase

As " House " (Mon., 9 p.m. ET on Fox) continues on its path to the Series Finale, it was time to bid farewell to one of the main characters. Announcing his resignation from Princeton-Plainsboro, Chase ( Jesse Spencer ) told House ( finally! ) that "It's time to step out of the shadow." House ( Hugh Laurie ) asked Chase if he'd come just so that he could be talked out of it. "I came to say 'thank you,'" Chase replied. "It’s been fun," House told him. "Fun?" asked Chase. "It sounded pithier than, 'we’ve shared a variety of situations,'" quipped Chase. Critics applauded Chase's 11th-hour move toward independence, and Clique-Claque even suggested that he could now be ready for his own spin-off show. The "House" Series Finale airs on Monday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. Until then catch new episodes of "House" on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser. //