Against a repeat lineup on CBS, ABC took the night, though impressively CBS managed second place both in overall viewers and adults 18-49.

NBC is now famously on record that it thought The Jay Leno Show would fare better against repeats.  I was on record early saying that  repeats of CSI: Miami would still best Jay.  But I’m not sure I expected the beat down to be so bad.

Last night at 10pm a rerun of CSI: Miami averaged a 3.1 rating with adults 18-49, while The Jay Leno Show averaged a 1.3 rating.   Castle averaged a 2.8 rating, though that might get adjusted down a touch in the final numbers due to Dancing With the Stars overrun (also, in the Philadelphia market, Monday Night Football aired on the ABC affiliate and is counted in the numbers below, and that might have been the case in the Washington, D.C. market as well  — that will be adjusted out in the finals).

The real story to me though isn’t Leno’s ratings, it’s how great CBS Monday lineup does in repeats.  This isn’t a new trend, but it still impresses me.

Aided perhaps by CBS repeats, Dancing With the Stars had stronger legs and turned in a much better performance than last week.

An out of normal time slot So You Think You Can Dance won the 8pm hour with adults 18-34.

Heroes seems to have stabilized and the good news for NBC is that Trauma was up a tick versus last week. The bad news is that only got it to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

The collective gasp on the net seems to be “OMG! Nathan Fillion tried on a Browncoat costume (before rejecting it!) on Castle!  Firefly lives on! OMG!”

The Internets can be so silly sometimes.  Even sillier perhaps, ABC didn’t have a picture available with Fillion in his Firefly costume.  You can find grainy pictures with circles and arrows on the Internet, or just watch the video, but you’ll have to live with Fillion as Edgar Allan Poe above.  Blame ABC!

Here are the late night details:

In Late-Night Local People Meters Monday night:

  • Conan O’Brien (1.0/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) beat CBS’s LATE SHOW (0.9/4) in Nielsen’s 24 local markets with People Meters.
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.5/3 in 18-49 in local people meters) tied CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.5/3).

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.4/9 17.03
CBS How I Met Your Mother (R) 2.6/7 7.09
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.6/7 5.78
NBC Heroes 2.5/6 5.86
CW One Tree Hill 1.3/3 2.69
8:30 CBS Accidentally on Purpose (R) 2.1/5 6.05
9:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars 4.0/10 18.44
CBS Two and a Half Men (R) 3.4/8 11.25
FOX Lie To Me 2.5/6 6.28
NBC Trauma 1.9/5 5.77
CW Gossip Girl 1.2/3 2.21
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 3.6/9 10.58
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (R) 3.1/8 11.22
ABC Castle 2.8/7 11.09
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.3/4 4.62

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

All numbers are Live+SD.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. 


*Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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