'Stars' Still Dancing To No. 1

Dancing with the StarsA slow, rainy World Series game did not put up much of a fight for the fast-moving "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday.

The ABC show boosted its ratings to a Nielsen Media Research 4.0 rating/10 share in the 8 p.m. hour among 18-49 viewers. Then it picked up the pace to a night-leading 4.4/11. The show's average of 4.2/11 was up over the week before, when it earned a 4.0/10.

Fox's game five of the Tampa Bay-Philadelphia game, which has now been postponed to Wednesday night, could only manage a 4.0/10. The World Series event continued to struggle, leaving Fox in fourth place during the 9 p.m. hour behind ABC's "Stars" (4.4/11). After the World Series at 9 p.m. came NBC's "Heroes" (3.9/9) and CBS' "Two and a Half Men" (3.8/9).

Fox landed in first place with a 3.7/9, and ABC earned a 3.3/8.



Typically, Monday nights are owned by CBS. But the eye network decided to take a break, going into reruns with its comedies. Even then, CBS maintained incredible staying power, grabbing virtually 3+ ratings among the key 18-49 crowd for the entire night.

Its best result came from its Monday mothership "Two and a Half Men," with a solid 3.8/9 at 9 p.m. Better still, CBS won the 10 p.m. time period with a repeat of "CSI: Miami"--earning a 2.9/7 against new episodes of ABC's "Boston Legal," at a 2.1/5, and NBC's "My Own Worst Enemy," which earned a 2.3/6.

Even its new comedy "Gary Unmarried" at 9:30 p.m. with a rerun--reaching a 2.9/7--had better numbers than an ABC original of "Samantha Who?" which took a 2.8/6. Behind ABC and Fox, CBS earned a 3.1/8 for the night.

NBC was next at a 2.9/7. Its "Heroes" rating of 3.9/9 was about the same that it earned a week ago, while "Worst Enemy" dipped to a 2.3/6 from a 2.5/6 the week before.

Univision earned a 1.9/4, and CW took a 1.6/4 for the night.

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