While "Dancing with the Stars" carried ABC to an easy overall win on Monday night, "House
" and "The Big Bang Theory
" helped FOX and CBS split the night in the key demographic, meaning that three networks could claim a little ratings' triumph.
Among adults 18-49, FOX and CBS both averaged a 3.6 rating, just ahead of the 3.2 rating for ABC in the all-important demo. NBC was fourth with a 1.8 rating, leaving The CW in fifth with a 1.0 rating.
Overall, though, ABC averaged an estimated 14.22 million viewers and a 9.1 rating/15 share. CBS was a distant second with a 6.6/11, with FOX's 5.9/9 close behind. NBC's 3.8/6 and the 1.3/2 for The CW followed.
ABC started the night in first with an 11.5/18 for "Dancing with the Stars." FOX's "House" finale was second overall with a 6.5/10 and did a 4.2 demo rating to lead the hour. CBS' "How I Met Your Mother
" and "Rules of Engagement" averaged a 4.7/8 for third, beating the 3.0/5 for NBC's "Chuck
." The CW's "One Tree Hill
" finale was fifth, in line with recent averages.
"Dancing with the Stars" (12.9/20) and the already cancelled "Romantically Challenged" (5.8/9) combined to win the hour, though "Romantically Challenged" was second overall and third in the demo for its half-hour. CBS' "Two and a Half Men
" and "The Big Bang Theory" averaged an 8.4/13 and won the hour in the key demo with a combined 4.9 rating, as "The Big Bang Theory" improved on its lead-in in most measures. FOX's "24
" had a 5.4/8 for third, comfortably ahead of NBC's "Law & Order." The CW's "Gossip Girl
" finale did a 1.3/2 and improved over last week with a 1.1 demo rating.
CBS moved into first in the 10 p.m. hour with a 6.7/11 and a 3.0 demo rating for "CSI: Miami." ABC's "Castle
" had a 6.5/11 for a close second. NBC's "Law & Order" was third with a 4.2/7.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.