ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" retained its premiere week heat, while "Castle
" hit series highs as the network took advantage of CBS' repeats to dominate Monday night.
Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 4.9 rating, far ahead of CBS' 2.8 rating and the 2.2 rating for FOX. NBC's 1.8 rating was good for fourth in the key demographic, leaving The CW in fifth with a 0.9 rating.
Overall, ABC averaged an estimated 19.86 million viewers to go with a 12.5 rating/20 share. CBS was a distant second with a 5.2/9. FOX's 4.3/7 was third, beating the 3.4/6 for NBC. The CW's 1.2/2 trailed.
In the 8 p.m. hour, ABC got a 13.3/21 from "Dancing with the Stars," which also did a 5.0 rating in the demo. CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" repeat (3.7/6) and a new "Rules of Engagement" (4.5/7) were second. In ratings, FOX's "House" repeat was third, but NBC's "Chuck
" (3.3/5) drew more viewers and did a higher 18-49 rating, bumping up to a 2.1 rating after two down weeks. The CW's "Life Unexpected" had a 1.3/2 for fifth, moving back over 2 million viewers.
"Dancing with the Stars" improved to a 15.1/23 for ABC in its second hour, doing a 6.0 rating in the demo. CBS' repeats of "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory" were a solid second. FOX's "24" had a 5.1/8 and a 2.6 demo rating, as announcements of the show's upcoming conclusion failed to provide even a minor boost. NBC's "Trauma" had a 3.0/5 for fourth, with The CW's "Gossip Girl
" doing a 1.1/2 for fifth.
In the 10 p.m. hour, ABC's "Castle" had a 9.2/15, with 14.47 million viewers and a 3.7 demo rating, all series highs. It helped that CBS' "CSI: Miami" aired a repeat, finishing second. NBC's new "Law & Order" did a 4.0/7 for third.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.