ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars' is Monday's Top Draw, 'Castle' Returns at a 6-Month High in Adults 18-49

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May 1st, 2012

via press note:

With Dancing and Castle opposite all-original competition, ABC stood as the most-watched net on Monday for the 7th week running, topping CBS (8-10pm comedies/Hawaii Five-0) by 4.4 million, NBC (The Voice/Smash) by 6.3 million viewers and Fox (Bones/House) by 7.6 million viewers. In addition among Adults 18-49, ABC defeated Fox’s original drama lineup on the night by 30%.


Monday’s most-watched television show, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars soared to the top its 2-hour slot for the 7th week in a row, besting runner-up CBS comedies by 6.2 million viewers and NBC’s The Voice in head-to-head competition by 6.4 million viewers. In addition, the wide-appealing dance competition beat out Fox’s dramas in the slot by 35% in Adults 18-49. DWTS also ranked #1 in its time period with Women 25-54, took second with Women 18-49 and made ABC the #2 broadcaster with Kids 2-11.


After being pre-empted the prior week, ABC’s Castle returned as the most-watched TV show in the 10 o’clock hour for its 5th straight telecast, outdrawing CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 cross-over episode with NCIS: LA. In addition, the ABC drama ran in a near-tie with the CBS drama in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, pacing within 1-tenth of a rating point and tied in audience share on both counts. Also in the hour, Castle beat NBC’s Smash by its best-ever margins with Total Viewers (+111%), Adults 18-49 (+33%) and Adults 25-54 (+43%).


  • · Despite facing all-original competition, ABC’s Castle grew over its most recent telecast in Adults 18-49 (+14%) and Adults 25-54 (+6%), hitting a 6-month high in the key young adult sales demo – since 11/7/11


  • psychic

    Good for Castle.

  • Mari

    You go Castle!

  • Merm

    Yay! So much love for castle! :)

  • fan castle

    the best show impressive castle. May 7 I can not wait castle always 4×23

  • shirl

    love castle. cannot wait for mat 7-always.

    looking forward to tnt picking up the reruns in june.

    for those of us with dvd, great! and for those who are newcomers- to see from beginning

  • asdf

    Castle’s in a weird place… the new eps are coming out in dribs and drabs, and still no news about the (likely) renewal.

    So while Headhunters and Undead Again are strong episodes likely to pull in viewers, it’s hard to build momentum when it’s iffy whether it’ll even be on in its regular time. Lately, it’s hit or miss whether there will even be a rerun in its slot (or something else).

    I was actually expecting to see Castle take a hit this week. The past few weeks have been downers, and I was expecting non-hardcore fans to be turned off by this season’s grumpier mood. Plus, the 5-0/NCIS crossover seemed like a silver bullet for CBS this week. So Castle proved surprisingly resilient.

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