Fast National ratings for Monday, Oct. 12, 2009.
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.


A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.