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TV Ratings: ABC dances to overall Monday win, CBS takes the demo
Solid nights for 'House,' 'Big Bang Theory' and 'CSI: Miami,' as well as 'Dancing with the Stars'
With strong performances from its 9 p.m. comedy block and from "CSI: Miami," CBS was able to narrowly win Monday night in the key demographic, but ABC scored a more convincing win overall, thanks to "Dancing with the Stars."
And yes, that sounds a lot like every Monday night. Look, we'd love to report more exciting ratings news if there were any.
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 4.0 rating, nipping the 3.9 rating for FOX. ABC's 3.1 rating was a solid third in the key demo. NBC was fourth with a 1.9 rating, beating the 1.2 rating for The CW.
Overall, though, ABC averaged an estimated 14.3 million viewers to go with a 9.3 rating/14 share. CBS was second with a 7.2/11, topping the 6.1/9 for FOX. NBC was a distant fourth with a 3.4/5, followed by the 1.6/2 for The CW.
ABC began the night in first with a 10.4/16 for "Dancing with the Stars." FOX's "House" had a 7.5/11 overall (low for the medical drama), but won the hour with a 5.0 rating in the key demographic. CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" and "Accidentally on Purpose" averaged a 5.2/8 between them. NBC's "Heroes" was fourth with a 3.5/5 and a 2.4 rating in the key demographic. That left The CW's "One Tree Hill" in fifth, right around its season average.
"Dancing with the Stars" stayed in first at 9 p.m. with a 10.9/16. CBS' "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory" were second with an 8.2/12 and a 4.7 demo rating, which won the hour. FOX's "Lie to Me" was third, losing a large portion of its lead-in, but still beating the 3.5/5 for NBC's "Trauma." The CW's "Gossip Girl" was fifth with a 1.6/2.
CBS moved into first at 10 p.m. with an 8.3/14 for "CSI: Miami." ABC's "Castle" had a 6.7/11 for second. NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" enjoyed another night of under 5 million viewers.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.