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‘Dancing’ Steps All Over Competition; NBC Dramas Drop

March 24, 2009 10:53 AM

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” reigned supreme Monday night, while NBC’s “Heroes” and “Medium” hit new lows.

From 8-10 p.m., ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” scored a 4.9 rating/13 share among adults 18-49 and 20.2 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode was off 8% from the week before. A new episode of “Castle” (2.7/7, 9.8 million) dipped 7% from last week, but that difference may grow larger once final numbers are released later today that factor out “Dancing’s” two-minute overrun into the 10 p.m. hour.

Heroes

NBC’s Monday-night dramas were all low, with “Chuck” (2.1/6, 6.1 million) matching its previous series low and remaining flat from its last original episode. “Heroes” (2.9/7, 6.5 million) and “Medium” (2.2/6, 6.6 million) both hit new series lows, down 26% and 19%, respectively, from their season-to-date averages. “Heroes,” however, has averaged a 23% increase in the demo for the first five months of the TV season once live-plus-seven-day figures are factored.

CBS aired a special “How I Met Your Mother” (2.9/8, 7.4 million) at 8 p.m., posting a 26% decrease from last week’s airing in its regular 8:30 p.m. slot. A repeat of “Mother” aired at 8:30 p.m., followed by an encore “Two and a Half Men” at 9 p.m. Without a new “Men” lead-in, “Rules of Engagement” (3.4/8, 9.4 million) was down 15% while retaining 97% of its lead-in. At 10 p.m., “CSI: Miami” (4.0/10, 13.5 million) was up 5% from last week’s episode.

Fox aired a repeat of “House,” followed by a new “24” (3.4/8, 10.3 million), which was down 8% from last week.

On The CW, “Gossip Girl” (1.0/3, 2.2 million) and “One Tree Hill” (1.1/3, 2.3 million) were down 17% and 8%, respectively, from last week. Overall the network averaged a 2.2/5 among women 18-34.

For the night: ABC finished on top for the night with a 4.2/11 (16.7 million), followed by CBS (3.4/9, 10.3 million), Fox (3.0/8, 9 million), NBC (2.4/6, 6.4 million) and The CW (1.1/3, 2.2 million).

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