'Dancing' Sees Ratings Stars

ABC's Dancing with the StarsAlthough ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" was the network star on Monday night, it couldn't take advantage of some lesser competition on Monday.

"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.

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