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New CBS, Fox Shows Push ‘Dancing’ to No. 2 Spot

March 31, 2009 11:52 AM

Strong performances by CBS and Fox edged out ABC’s “Dancing”-“Castle” combo Monday night, leaving ABC out of first place for the first time since its new lineup debuted four weeks ago.

The Big Bang Theory

A two-hour “Dancing With the Stars” averaged a 4.8 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 and 21.6 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research numbers. Last night’s episode was down 4% from last week and marked its lowest performance this spring, though it still ranked as the No. 2 show of the night and the most watched. At 10 p.m. “Castle” (2.5/7, 9.8 million) remained flat from last week, tying its lowest rating since its series premiere.

The ABC series did not show drastic changes from last week. It was the return of new episodes on CBS and Fox that performed strongly enough to take the top spots.

CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (3.8/11, 9.8 million) was up one-tenth of a rating point from its last original episode two weeks ago. At 8:30 p.m. “How I Met Your Mother” (3.9/10, 9.2 million) was up 34% from its telecast in an earlier slot last week, but remained flat with its regular timeslot performance two weeks ago. “Two and a Half Men” (5.1/12, 14.4 million) was up 6% over its last original episode two weeks ago and came in as the night’s highest-rated show, while “Rules of Engagement” (4.1/10, 11 million) was up slightly with a stronger “Men” lead-in. In the 10 p.m. slot, “CSI: Miami” (3.9/18, 13.4 million) was in line with recent telecasts.

On Fox, a new episode of “House” (4.7/13, 12.2 million) was down 4% from its most recent original episode two weeks ago. At 9 p.m., “24” (3.7/9, 11.2 million) was up 9% over last week, scoring the same rating as two weeks ago when it also had a new “House” as a lead-in.

NBC’s “Chuck” (2.0/6, 5.6 million) reached a new series low, with last night’s episode coming in 20% below the show’s season-to-date average. “Heroes” (3.1/7, 6.3 million) posted a 7% increase from last week, while “Medium” (2.5/7, 7.3 million) was up 14%.

The CW’s “Gossip Girl” (1.2/3, 2.5 million) was up 9% over last week and had some of its strongest performances among young adults since January. “One Tree Hill” (1.2/3, 2.3 million) came in flat with last week. The network averaged a 2.5/4 among women 18-34.

For the night: Fox claimed the top spot in the ratings (4.2/11, 11.7 million), followed by CBS (4.1/11, 11.9 million). ABC came in third (4.0/10), but finished with the most viewers (16.8 million). NBC had a 2.5/7 (6.4 million), while The CW finished with a 1.2/3 (2.4 million).


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Troy S. Woody:

I love the CBS shows and the rest of the nations seems to as well. Advertisers are getting the real benefit right now, with ad costs down and so many people tuning in to watch broadcast TV! Watch who is advertising heavily right now to see who to invest in on the stock market, they are going to be pulling way ahead of the competition as the economy gets back on track.

Troy S. Woody

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