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ABC ‘Dances’ To Top of Monday Ratings; Sets Record for a Season Premiere of the Series

Mar 23, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The return of ABC’s "Dancing With The Stars" was a rousing success in the ratings Monday night for ABC, reports TVbythenumbers.com. It was the most-watched season premiere of the popular series, and the second most-watched in the 18-49 demo. 

At eight o’clock "Dancing" started off with a 5.9 rating in the 18-49 demo, better than CBS’s "How I Met Your Mother" and "Rules of Engagement" with a 3.5 and 3.3 rating in 18-49-year-olds, respectively. NBC’s "Chuck" managed a 1.9 rating, ahead of CW’s "Life Unexpected" getting a 0.9.

From 9 pm–10pm, "Dancing" surged up to 6.9 rating in the 18-49 demo, more than CBS’s "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory" with a 5.0 and a 5.2, respectively, in that demographic. Fox’s "24" was third with a 2.7, while NBC’s "Trauma" had a 1.5 and CW’s "Gossip Girl" only a 0.9 in the 18-49.

The ABC dominance extended to the ten o’clock hour where "Castle" was tops in the 18-49 demo. "Castle" had a 3.6, CBS’s "CSI: Miami" had a 3.2, and NBC’s "Law & Order" a 1.8.

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