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TV Ratings Monday: Dancing With the Stars, Two And A Half Men, Heroes Winners

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October 7th, 2008

Scoreboard ABC CBS NBC FOX Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 15.675 11.377 6.627 5.519 4.280 1.689
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.8/9 4.0/10 2.8/7 2.3/6 1.7/4 0.8/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.5/7 2.7/7 2.9/8 2.1/6 2.1/6 1.1/3

Dancing with the Stars again powered ABC to the viewership win on Monday with 15.675 million viewers, but CBS's comedy block, lead by Two and a Half Men, took the 18-49 demo with a 4.0 rating / 10 share. NBC, while well back in viewers, took the 18-34 demo on the youthful strength of Heroes.

Dancing with the Stars averaged 18.81 million viewers and was the most watched show of the night and was down about 2% from last week. The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother provided strong demo competition during the 8-9 hour, with HIMYM winning the 18-34 demo in its portion.

The heavy promotion for Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles may have had some effect. It was up a bit in viewers, but up 0.3 ratings points for 18-49 and 0.4 ratings points for 18-34 from last week, both big % moves. Chuck lost about 10% of its viewers and 20% in each demo from its premiere last week.

While Two and a Half Men didn't challenge the viewership of Dancing with the Stars, it beat it to win the hour for adults 18-49, and be the most watched show in the demo for the night. Heroes, well back in viewership, and down about 10% from last week, was still the 18-34 winner for the hour and the night. Prison Break was well back, but was up 10% in the demos from last week.

CSI: Miami was down about 10% from last week as well, but still dominated the 10-11 hour across the board.

Full details:


Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (Millons) 18-49 Rating/ Share 18-34 Rating/ Share
8:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars (8-10p) 17.922 4.2/11 2.8/8
  CBS The Big Bang Theory 9.325 3.6/10 2.4/8
  NBC Chuck 5.892 2.2/6 2.1/6
  FOX Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 5.610 2.3/6 2.0/6
  UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.290 1.7/4 2.2/6
  CW Gossip Girl (repeat) 1.836 0.8/2 1.2/3
           
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother 8.958 4.0/10 3.0/8
           
9:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars (8-10p) 19.701 4.7/11 3.2/8
  CBS Two and a Half Men 13.936 5.1/12 3.2/8
  NBC Heroes 8.209 4.0/9 4.4/11
  FOX Prison Break 5.427 2.2/5 2.2/5
  UNI Fuego en la Sangre 5.063 2.0/5 2.5/6
  CW Privileged (repeat) 1.542 0.8/2 1.1/3
           
9:30 CBS Worst Week 8.794 3.0/7 1.9/5
           
10:00 CBS CSI Miami 13.625 4.0/10 2.7/7
  ABC Boston Legal 9.403 2.4/6 1.4/4
  NBC Life 5.780 2.3/6 2.2/6
  UNI Cristina 3.487 1.4/3 1.5/4

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Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot. Timeslot demo winners are in bold.

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