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‘Dancing’ Does It Again, CBS Comedies Repeat Well

April 21, 2009 11:16 AM

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” held strong Monday to give the network a win, while a night of mostly repeats on CBS gave the network a strong second-place finish.

Dancing With the Stars

A performance episode of ABC’s “Dancing” finished with a 4.7 rating/12 share and 20.3 million viewers from 8-9:30 p.m., according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode was 8% below this season’s average, but one-tenth of a rating point better than last week. At 9:30 p.m. “Surviving Suburbia” (2.6/6, 10.9 million) remained flat from last week, while “Castle” (2.2/6, 8.4 million) posted a 16% gain at 10 p.m.

CBS aired repeats of “The Big Bang Theory,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Two and a Half Men” and “The Mentalist.” At 9:30 p.m., “Rules of Engagement” scored a 3.8/9 (10.6 million). At 10 p.m., a special Monday repeat of the network’s freshman hit “The Mentalist”—possibly designed to test the waters for moving the show—averaged 9.4 million viewers and a 2.5/7. That was enough to give CBS the win in the 10 p.m. hour in viewers.

On Fox, a special episode of “Bones” (2.5/7, 8.4 million) remained flat from its regular Thursday night performance last week. However, last night’s episode was down 17% from its special Wednesday broadcast before “American Idol,” and down 44% from “House’s” performance in the same hour last week. Without an original “House” lead-in, “24” (3.2/8, 10.3 million) posted an 11% dip.

NBC’s “Chuck” (2.3/6, 6 million) was flat with last week, matching a seven-week high. “Heroes” (3.0/7, 6.4 million) was down 9% from last week and off 19% from its season-to-date average. “Medium” (2.6/7, 7.4 million) was down only one-tenth of a point from last week, but still won the 10 p.m. hour in the key demo against “Castle” and “Mentalist.”

The CW’s Monday night dramas returned with originals after two weeks of repeats. “Gossip Girl” (1.2/3, 2.4 million) and “One Tree Hill” (1.2/3, 2.4 million) were down 7% from their last original episodes. The network finished the night with a 2.6/7 among women 18-34.

For the night: ABC (3.5/9, 14.8 million) led the way, followed by CBS (3.0/8, 9.2 million), Fox (2.8/7, 9.3 million), NBC (2.6/7, 6.6 million) and The CW (1.2/3, 2.4 million).

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