With only four remaining contestants, "Dancing with the Stars" aired only a 90-minute episode on Monday night. The result was that although "Dancing" dominated the first half of the night, "Mike & Molly" and CBS got a boost in the second half of primetime, leading to a Monday split.
CBS won the night among adults 18-49, averaging a 3.4 rating in the key demographic. ABC was a close second in the demo with a 3.2 rating, with FOX's 3.0 rating a competitive third. NBC was a distant fourth with a 1.6 rating, while The CW's 0.9 rating trailed.
Overall, though, ABC averaged an estimated 15.284 million viewers to go with a 9.7 rating/15 share. CBS was well back in second with 10.61 million viewers and a 6.5/10. There was another big drop to FOX in third with a 4.9/7 and 8.42 million viewers and again to NBC's 3.3/5 and 5.28 million viewers. The CW's 1.2/2 and 1.74 million viewers trailed.
8 p.m. -- "Dancing with the Stars" began the night in first overall with the 19.84 million viewers for "Dancing with the Stars," though the talent show finished second with a 3.7 demo rating. FOX's "House" was way up from last week with 10.81 million viewers and won the hour with a 4.0 demo rating. CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" and "Rules of Engagement" were third with 8.42 million viewers and a 3.2 demo rating. On NBC's "Chuck" did 5.55 million viewers and a 1.8 demo rating, within the show's usual range, though a bit low on the demo. The CW's "90210" was fifth with 1.75 million viewers.
9 p.m. -- ABC stayed in first overall with the end of "Dancing with the Stars" (22 million viewers) and a repeat of "The Middle" (10.06 million), but finished second in the demo. CBS' "Two and a Half Men" (14.15 million and a 4.5 demo rating) and "Mike & Molly" (12.29 million and a 3.8 demo) capitalized on the shorter "Dancing" to with the hour in the demo. FOX's "Lie to Me" was third with 6.03 million viewers and a 2.0 demo, beating NBC's "The Event," which ticked up slightly from last week in viewers (5.73 million) but remained low in the demo with a 1.7 rating. The CW's "Gossip Girl" averaged 1.724 million viewers for fifth.
10 p.m. -- CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" won the 10 p.m. hour with 10.19 million viewers and a 2.8 demo rating. ABC's "Castle" was down without its "Dancing" lead-in, but still did a sturdy 9.98 million viewers and a 2.5 demo rating. NBC's "Chase" averaged 4.57 million viewers and a 1.2 demo rating in 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.
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.
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