"Stars" pulled a Nielsen preliminary 5.0 rating/13 share among 18-49 viewers, grabbing over 20 million viewers on average between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The week before, "Stars" pulled in a 5.4/14, and nearly 21 million viewers.
"Stars" may have missed an opportunity -- Fox's "House" was in repeats (a 2.7/7), and a new CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" took a 2.9/8 versus the 3.7/11 that "The Big Bang Theory" earned in the time period a week ago.
The only bit of improvement at 8 p.m. came from a new episode of NBC's "Chuck," which grabbed a 2.1/6 -- up 10% from its most recent original outing.
ABC's new drama "Castle" slipped some at 10 p.m. to a 2.7/7 from a 3.1/8 the week before. Overall, ABC won Monday night with a 4.2/11 -- but it was a bit less than the week before, when it came in with a 4.6/12.
That said, other networks went south as well. Fox went to a 3.0/8 from a 4.3/11 the week before, primarily because of the "House" rerun.
CBS also moved down to a 3.4/9 from a 4.0/11 for the night -- mostly from a "How I Met Your Mother" rerun at 8:30 p.m. and a "Two and a Half Men" repeat at 9 p.m.
But CBS' "CSI: Miami" at 10 p.m. moved up some -- a 4.0/11 versus a 3.8/10 the week before, winning the time period again.
NBC has some decisions to make about "Heroes" for next season. The show is now at a 2.9/7 for an original episode. This is down from a 3.2/8 from an original episode two weeks before. NBC was at a 2.4/6 for the night, good for fourth place behind Fox. NBC was up from a 1.3/3 the week before, when it was in all repeats.
CW offered up originals for "Gossip Girl" and "One Tree Hill," which earned a 1.0/3 and 1.1/3, respectively, among 18-49 viewers and a 1.4/4 and 1.5/4 among its more core 18-34 viewers. Both shows were down a bit from recent original episodes.
CW earned a 1.1/3 among 18-49 viewers and 1.4/4 among 18-34 viewers for Monday. Univision was just ahead of them at a 1.8/5 for each demo.