Note that Dancing With The Stars was scheduled to run until 9:32pm Eastern time. Ratings adjustments for DWTS (up) and Romantically Challenged (down) are more than typically likely when the final ratings are released later today.

Down, down, down.

FOX narrowly edged out ABC and CBS with adults 18-49 to take the nightly win, and won with adults 18-34 as well.  ABC was Monday’s most-watched network with all ages.

Chuck dropped to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, tying a series low and no doubt sending fans into something….other than a flashmob.   Romantically Challenged was down versus last week as well, to a series low 2.5 rating with adults 18-49 and likely to drop further (see note at the top) in the finals, though its total viewers were up versus last week.

I’m not sure if it  gives Charlie Sheen any extra leverage in his contract negotiations, but while a special Big Bang Theory at 9:00pm was a season low with adults 18-49, the 4.5 rating still topped the night.  House was down to season low 3.8 rating, a 10% drop from last week.

CSI: Miami won the 10pm hour in the demos, though Castle had more viewers and Castle was one of the few things not down, it was flat versus its last original.   The 2.7 adults 18-49 rating for CSI: Miami was a series low.  Castle’s audience numbers were up year over year, even though on the year ago night it had the advantage of a direct Dancing With the Stars lead-in.

Neither CW show exactly lit it up with the CW’s target of women 18-34, with One Tree Hill pulling a 2.0 rating in that demo, and Gossip Girl pulling a 1.9 rating.  CW did beat NBC in that demo in both the 8pm and 9pm hour though.

Late night numbers are below the primetime data.

Nielsen overnight ratings for Monday, May 3, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.8/11 15.78
FOX House 3.8/11 9.73
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.1/9 7.40
NBC Chuck 1.9/6 5.28
CW One Tree Hill 1.0/3 1.93
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.7/8 7.21
9:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars 4.5/12 21.00
CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.5/12 11.55
FOX 24 2.9/8 9.12
NBC Law & Order (R) 1.3/4 5.06
CW Gossip Girl 0.9/2 1.75
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 3.6/10 10.30
ABC Romantically Challenged 2.5/7 10.56
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 2.7/6 9.62
ABC Castle 2.6/7 10.77
NBC Law & Order 1.7/5 6.14

Late Night: (via NBC ratings notes):

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.4/9 in metered-market households) out-delivered CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.8/7) and ABC’s combination of “Nightline (3.4/8) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.6/5) in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; “Late Show,” 0.9/4; “Nightline,” 1.1/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.5/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.5/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., an encore telecast of “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

All numbers are Live+SD.

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