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[10/19/10 - 08:58 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "Dancing" Helps ABC Hold Off CBS
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for monday, october 18, 2010)

Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

ABC (16.73 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) rose to the top on Monday thanks to new episodes of "Dancing With the Stars" (19.29 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #2) and "Castle" (11.63 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #8).

Second place then went to CBS (10.24 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) with new episodes of "How I Met Your Mother" (8.03 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 3.2, #5), "Rules of Engagement" (7.89 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.9, #T6), "Two and a Half Men" (13.39 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1), "Mike & Molly" (10.98 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.4, #4) and "Hawaii Five-0" (10.59 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #T6).

Next up was FOX (7.60 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3) with fresh installments of "House" (9.50 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.6, #3) and "Lie to Me" (5.71 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.60 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "Chuck" (5.27 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.9, #11), "The Event" (6.38 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #9) and "Chase" (5.17 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.6, #12).

And finally, repeats of "90210" (1.22 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Gossip Girl" (0.88 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on The CW (1.05 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Chase (6.70%), Lie to Me (5.30%), Two and a Half Men (0.00%), House (0.00%), The Event (0.00%), Chuck (0.00%), Mike & Molly (-2.90%), Rules of Engagement (-3.30%), Dancing With the Stars (-3.70%), How I Met Your Mother (-5.90%), Hawaii Five-0 (-6.50%), Castle (-15.60%).

In late-night metered market ratings, ABC's "Nightline" (3.4/8) took top honors ahead of CBS's "Letterman" (2.5/6) and NBC's "Leno" (2.5/6). Rounding out the night then were "Kimmel" (1.7/5) on ABC "Ferguson" (1.3/5) on CBS and "Fallon" (1.1/4) and "Daly" (0.8/3) on NBC.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/19/09):

A 43-minute "MLB Overrun" (14.00 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #2) powered FOX (11.32 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) to victory on Monday. Leading out of said coverage were (half-hour results only) new episodes of "House" (10.98 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 4.2, #4) and "Lie to Me" (9.33 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 3.5, #T6).

CBS (11.60 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with its usual mix of "How I Met Your Mother" (8.76 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 3.5, #T6), "Accidentally on Purpose" (8.62 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 3.4, #9), "Two and a Half Men" (13.83 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.7, #3), "The Big Bang Theory" (13.12 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1) and "CSI: Miami" (12.65 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.8, #5).

Next up was ABC (14.30 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #3) with new episodes of "Dancing With the Stars" (16.51 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #T6) and "Castle" (9.88 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.4, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.31 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Heroes" (5.67 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.5, #10), "Trauma" (5.52 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.8, #12) and "The Jay Leno Show" (4.74 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "One Tree Hill" (2.29 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #14) and "Gossip Girl" (1.93 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #15) on The CW (2.11 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) rounded out the night.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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