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.
ABC’s Romantically Challenged premiered with a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, proving to not be ratings challenged in its first outing. For historical comparison, last season the eventually canceled Surviving Suburbia premiered with a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating in the similar timeslot.

ABC won the reasonably competitive night with a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating overall.

Ahead of Romantically Challenged, Dancing With The Stars was down 4% from last week to a 4.7 rating, its lowest rating for a performance show this spring, and after Challenged, Castle drew a 2.7 rating, down 15% from last week.

On Fox, House was even with last week’s outing at a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating while 24 was up 12% from last week to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS’ How I Met Your Mother was up sharply, adding 14% vs. last week for a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, and Rules Of Engagement gained 7% vs. last week to a 3.0 rating. Bouncing up from last week’s series low rating, CSI: Miami was up 6% to a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating.

The lone new show on NBC last night, Trauma, kept bumping along the bottom, tieing its series low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.0/8 in metered-market households) out-delivered CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.9/7 with an encore telecast) and ABC’s “Nightline (3.2/7) 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,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.9/4; “Nightline,” 1.2/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.8/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) trailed CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore telecast) topped the first-run “Late Late Show” (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., an encore telecast of “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 ABC Dancing With The Stars 4.4 13 20.031
FOX House 4.0 12 10.564
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.2 10 7.664
NBC Chuck (repeat) 0.9 3 2.879
CW One Tree Hil (repeat) 0.5 1 1.096
8:30 CBS Rules Of Engagement 3.0 8 7.445
9:00 ABC Dancing With The Stars 5.3 14 22.367
CBS Two And A Half Men (repeat) 3.7 10 11.372
FOX 24 2.8 7 8.931
NBC Trauma 1.3 3 4.591
CW Gossip Girl (repeat) 0.4 1 0.825
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory (repeat) 4.0 10 11.672
ABC Romantically Challenged (premiere) 3.1 8 11.562
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 3.3 9 11.659
ABC Castle 2.7 8 10.479
NBC Law & Order (repeat) 1.2 3 4.321

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All numbers are Live+SD.

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