ABC, CBS in Close Race for Best Monday Ratings

Nov 9, 2010  •  Post A Comment

In a tight Monday night Nielsen ratings race, ABC, powered by “Dancing With the Stars,” was a touch better than CBS overall, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

ABC came out ahead in the battle for the 18-49 demo with an average rating of 3.7 for the night to CBS’s 3.4. Fox trailed with 2.7, while Univision, with a 1.6 rating, beat NBC (1.5) and CW (0.9) In total viewers ABC was well ahead of the pack with 17.5 million to CBS’s 10.6 million.

At 8 p.m. Fox’s "House" and the first hour of ABC’s "Dancing With the Stars" tied with 3.7 average ratings in the 18-49 demo for the hour. CBS’s "How I Met Your Mother" and "Rules of Engagement" had a 3.5 rating and a 3.1, respectively, in the same demographic, while NBC’s "Matt Lauer Reports" had a mean score of 1.75 in the 18-49 and CW’s "90210" got a mean rating of 0.85 in the same demo.

At 9 p.m. "Dancing" grew to an average 4.6 rating in the 18-49 demo for the hour, compared with CBS’s "Two and a Half Men" and "Mike & Molly" at 4.4 and 3.7, respectively, in the same demo. Fox’s "Lie to Me" averaged a 1.8 for the hour and NBC’s "The Event" had a 1.75 average, both in the 18-49 demo. CW’s "Gossip Girl" netted a mean rating of 0.95 in the 18-49 demographic.

The 10 p.m. hour saw CBS’s "Hawaii Five-0" squeak out a win with a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic, just ahead of ABC’s "Castle" with a 2.85 in the same demo. NBC’s "Chase" was well behind with a 1.1 in the 18-49 demo for the hour.


  1. The show is wonderful and I thought about the dancing and votes but things have obviously gone sideways. The fact Bristol is still on is absolutely ridiculous. She is bottom of the board and no way that Rick and Kurt should be gone with her still standing!!! Interesting that this is happening during election period because if its about the dancing, Bristol Palin would be gone Folks!!!!!!! And take the politics out of this and get back to the dancing and fairness for those deserving.

  2. It’s not the politics as much as the “politics of the ratings!” This (and all other competition shows,) are rigged to maximize the ratings. Keep the viewers watching to see ‘who gets the boot’ next.
    Palin sucks and she’s a terrible dancer.

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