Fast National ratings for Monday, May 11, 2009.

While "Dancing with the Stars" helped ABC to an easy Monday night win overall, CBS' comedy blocks were the foundation of a win in the key demos.

Among adults 18-49, CBS and FOX averaged a 3.9 rating, nipping the 3.6 rating for ABC. NBC was fourth with a 1.8 rating, still beating the 1.0 rating for The CW in the all-important demographic.

Overall, though, ABC averaged an estimated 15.73 million viewers to go with a 10.1 rating/16 share. CBS was a distant second with a 7.2/11, topping the 6.8/11 for FOX. NBC's 3.9/6 was well back in fourth, while The CW's 1.6/3 trailed.

ABC had no trouble winning the 8 p.m. hour with an 11.0/18 for "Dancing with the Stars." FOX was second with a 7.5/12 for the season finale of "House," which also won the hour in the 18-49 demo CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" and "How I Met Your Mother" were third with a 5.7/9. Viewers continue to show little interest in NBC's "Deal Or No Deal," which finished fifth for the hour in the 18-49 demo, behind The CW's "Gossip Girl," which also did a 1.6/3 overall.

"Dancing with the Stars" stayed in first at 9 p.m. with a 12.4/19. CBS' "Two and a Half Men" and "Rules of Engagement" had a 7.2/11 between them. FOX's "24" lost a chunk of its lead-in and fell to a 6.1/9. NBC's "Medium" took fourth with a 4.2/6, topping The CW's "One Tree Hill."

CBS moved into first at 10 p.m. with an 8.6/14 for "CSI: Miami." ABC's "Castle" did a 7.0/12 overall though its second half-hour was down to a 6.4/11. NBC's "Medium" was 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.



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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.