Fast National ratings for Monday, March 30, 2009.

"Dancing with the Stars" was dominant on Monday night, but a lackluster demographic performance from "Castle" helped FOX salvage a ratings split.

Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 4.2 rating, nipping CBS' 4.1 rating and the 4.0 rating for ABC in the key demographic. NBC was comfortably back in fourth with a 2.5 rating, which still beat the 1.2 rating for The CW.

Overall, though, ABC averaged an estimated 16.76 million viewers to go with a 10.8 rating/17 share. CBS was a distant second with a 7.3/11, edging out the 6.9/11 for FOX. NBC's 4.0/6 beat the 1.6/2 for The CW.

ABC was well in front to start with night, doing a 12.1/19 for "Dancing with the Stars" in the 8 p.m. hour. FOX was second with a 7.4/11 for a new "House." CBS averaged a 5.7/9 between "Big Bang Theory" and "How I Met Your Mother." NBC's "Chuck" had a 3.5/5 for fourth, more than doubling the total for The CW's "Gossip Girl." 

"Dancing with the Stars" improved to a 13.6/20 in its second hour for NBC. CBS' "Two and a Half Men" and "Rules of Engagement" finished second. FOX's "24" had a 6.5/10 for third, thumping the 3.9/6 for "Heroes" on NBC. Fifth place went to The CW's "One Tree Hill," which had a 1.7/2.

At 10 p.m. CBS took control with an 8.5/14 for "CSI: Miami." ABC's "Castle" had a 6.7/11, and tied for second with NBC's "Medium" in the key 18-49 demo.

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.