TV Ratings: ABC wins Monday overall, while CBS, FOX fight for the demo
The season is young, but a Monday pattern is emerging: "Dancing with the Stars" makes ABC nearly unbeatable overall, but FOX and CBS are happy to battle for demographic supremacy.
Among adults 18-49, FOX won the night with a 4.1 rating, just ahead of the 3.8 for CBS. ABC wasn't far behind with a 3.6 rating in the key demographic, leaving NBC in a distant fourth with a 1.8 rating. The CW's 1.0 rating trailed.
Overall, of course, ABC averaged an estimated 15.7 million viewers to go with a 10.1 rating/15 share. CBS was a solid second with a 7.2/11, with FOX's 6.2/9 close behind. NBC wasn't really all that competitive in fourth with a 3.3/5. The CW's 1.5/2 was fifth.
ABC dominated the night's first two hours, starting at 8 p.m. with a 11.4/17 for "Dancing with the Stars." FOX's "House" was second with a 7.6/11 and won the hour in the 18-49 demo with a 5.1/13. CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" and "Accidentally on Purpose" finished third, averaging a 5.1/8 between them. "Heroes" had a 3.3/5 overall and a 2.3/6 rating in the demo. The CW's "One Tree Hill" trailed with a 1.5/2 overall.
"Dancing with the Stars" held steady at 9 p.m. for CBS. Second place overall went to CBS' "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory," which averaged a 8.0/12 overall and barely won the hour with a 4.4 rating in the demo. Two struggling dramas -- FOX's "Lie to Me" and NBC's "Trauma" -- battled for third, with FOX's entry holding steady with a 4.7/7 and NBC's new drama slumping to a 3.6/5. The CW's "Gossip Girl," featuring guest appearances by Tyra Banks and Hilary Duff, didn't get much of a lift and was fifth with a 1.5/2.
CBS moved into first at 10 p.m. with a 8.5/14 for "CSI: Miami," which also did a 3.9 rating in the demo. ABC's "Castle" was second with a 7.5/12. Third place, as per usual, went to NBC's "The Jay Leno Show."
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.