The new installment of "Dancing with the Stars" returned well above the fall All-Stars installment (albeit slight below last spring's premiere) and took a big bite out of the competition as ABC scored Monday wins overall and in the key demo.
Among the shows posting double-digit demo declines against "Dancing" (and NBC's "Biggest Loser" finale) were most of CBS' comedies and FOX's "The Following
For the night, ABC averaged a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, tops in the key demographic. CBS was second with a 2.4 key demo rating, followed closely by NBC and FOX's 2.2 key demo ratings. The CW averaged a 0.3 key demo rating for Monday.
Overall, ABC won easily, averaging an estimated 14.91 million viewers to go with a 9.5 rating/15 share. CBS was second for Monday primetime with a 5.1/8 and 8.01 million viewers, edging out FOX's 7.2 million and 4.4/7 and the 3.7/6 and 6.06 million viewers for NBC. The CW averaged 775,000 viewers and a 0.5/1.
8 p.m. -
The "Dancing with the Stars" premiere drew 16.625 million viewers and a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 to lead ABC in the 8 p.m. hour. CBS was second with "How I Met Your Mother" (7.35 million and a 2.9 key demo) and "Rules of Engagement" (6.63 million and a 2.2 key demo). FOX's "Bones" was third overall with 7.31 million viewers and finished fourth with a 2.0 key demo rating. NBC's "The Biggest Loser
" started its finale with 7.085 million viewers and a 2.4 key demo rating. On The CW, "The Carrie Diaries" averaged 1.04 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo rating, with the network calling it the show's highest rated episode among adults 18-49 and 18-34 in five weeks.
9 p.m. -
"Dancing with the Stars" rose to 16.89 million viewers and a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 in its second hour for NBC. CBS was second overall and third in the key demo with "2 Broke Girls
" (8.35 million and a 2.7 key demo) and "Mike & Molly" (8.23 million and a 2.4 key demo), both season lows. NBC's "The Biggest Loser" finale closed with 7.58 million viewers and a 2.8 key demo rating. FOX's "The Following" average 7.09 million viewers and a 2.4 key demo rating, both good for fourth. The CW aired a repeat of "Hart of Dixie" and averaged 507,000 viewers and a 0.2 key demo rating.
10 p.m. -
" won the 10 p.m. hour with 11.23 million viewers for its biggest audience of the season, though its 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 was down a hair from its last airing. CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" was second with 8.75 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating. The season [series?] finale of "Deception" averaged 3.52 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo rating, both up from last week.
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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