House led the night with adults 18-49 with a 5.1 rating and has 12.79 million overall average viewers and Lie to Me had a 3.0 rating with adults 18-49, up 25 percent from its last original telecast on 10/26 (note, for that telecast its lead-in was not House, but So You Think You Can Dance). FOX led the night with adults 18-49, narrowly edging out CBS.

After House, The Big Bang Theory was next with adults 18-49 with a 4.5 rating and 12.4 million overall average viewers.

Heroes dropped to a 2.3 rating — it’s lowest ever for an original episode.  The Jay Leno Show slipped below 4 million viewers, no doubt giving the executives at Gray Television more fuel for blaming Jay Leno for its poor results.

Dancing with the Stars still has some legs in it (wannabe program schedulers should take heed and keep it on their Monday & Tuesday schedules for the spring).  Although it was under a 4.0 rating in both hours, it still averaged a 3.5 rating with adults 18-49 for the two hours along with 17.64 million average viewers from 8p-10p.

We’ll have to see if Castle drops further in the final numbers (last week it held steady from the preliminary overnight numbers) between the minute or so of Dancing With the Stars overrun and the Monday Night Football game broadcasting locally on the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh (thanks to commenter J.R. Herbaugh for providing that information), but it was up versus last week. I think it likely to go down at least a 10th (which would make it flat vs. last week) due to the football game but we’ll know around 5pm ET.

Note: earlier, I incorrectly headlined this post that Castle was down week over week.  It wasn’t.

Here are some ratings notes on last night’s One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Monday night:

  • Conan O’Brien (0.8/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS’s LATE SHOW (1.0/4) in Nielsen’s 24 local markets with People Meters.
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.4/3 in 18-49 in local people meters) finished behind CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.6/4).

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX House 5.1/13 12.79
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.5/9 8.96
ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.4/9 17.29
NBC Heroes 2.3/6 5.35
CW One Tree Hill 1.2/3 2.67
8:30 CBS Accidentally on Purpose 3.0/7 8.20
9:00 FOX Lie To Me 3.0/7 7.47
CBS Two and a Half Men 4.4/11 14.12
ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.7/9 17.98
NBC Trauma 1.8/4 5.38
CW Gossip Girl 1.2/3 2.31
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.5/11 12.41
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 4.0/11 13.83
ABC Castle 2.5/7 10.72
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.2/3 3.97

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

All numbers are Live+SD.

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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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