PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SERVER ISSUES I HAVE THE COMMENTS TURNED OFF FOR NOW.  WE’RE VERY SORRY ABOUT THE SITE OUTAGE.   Perhaps its throwing caution to the wind, but I have turned them back on for the overnight post for now.

Also, we’re aware CHUCK didn’t air locally in the Cleveland market last night and was bumped for a special.  We don’t think that will make very much difference for the national numbers at all, and in these preliminary numbers below, viewers who watched the special would’ve been counted in CHUCK’s numbers anyway.

ABC won the night both across the board taking victories in both age demographics and in total viewers. With a lineup of reruns, CBS still managed to come in second with adults 18-49

What about Chuck? Chuck’s adults 18-49 numbers were the same as last week, a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, and  in the prior week it averaged a 2.1/5.  Up against CBS comedy repeats and Bones (instead of House) last night some were hopeful Chuck would pick up some steam, but there were many who were figuring the numbers wouldn’t change much (myself included).  Great episode, though!

Heroes had a 3.0 rating with adults 18-49, last week had  a 3.2 rating with adults 18-49, rebounding from the previous week’s series low when it had a 2.6.

At 10pm, CBS ran a repeat  episode of The Mentalist. CBS is also moving  NCIS and The Mentalist an hour later tonight and The Mentalist will again air at 10pm.  It’s enough to give one the idea CBS is really interested in seeing how The Mentalist would do at 10pm.   But there’s nothing to be made of the rerun’s results.

But the repeat on CBS was at least a little good news for  Castle fans, it rose to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.   Last week Castle pulled a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating (before dropping to 1.9 in the final numbers).  Figure that due to a minute or two of Dancing With the Stars overrun it could go down a tenth again in the final numbers

The Monday night airing of Bones pulled a 2.5 rating with the 18-49s while 24 pulled a 3.2 rating.

After a two week run of repeats a new Gossip Girl ranked second with women 18-34 (2.7 rating) trailing only Dancing With the Stars and CW was second in that demo for the night.

Surviving Suburbia’s 2.6 wasn’t far from last week when  it had 2.8 rating with adults 18-49.

I’ll update this post with data tables soon (before 9:45AM PT) but I wanted to get something up before then…

Previous Monday overnight reports are available for comparison.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars 4.4/12 3.3/10 19.46
CBS The Big Bang Theory (Repeat) 2.8/8 1.9/6 7.65
FOX Bones 2.5/7 2.1/6 8.38
NBC Chuck 2.3/6 1.9/6 6.05
CW Gossip Girl 1.2/3 1.7/5 2.36
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother (Repeat) 2.7/7 2.0/6 6.60
9:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars 5.2/13 3.6/10 21.93
CBS Two and a Half Men (Repeat) 3.9/10 2.6/7 11.41
FOX 24 3.2/8 2.6/7 10.28
NBC Heroes 3.0/7 3.1/8 6.34
CW One Tree Hill 1.2/3 1.6/4 2.42
9:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 3.8/9 2.2/6 10.59
ABC Surviving Suburbia 2.6/6 2.0/5 10.86
10:00 NBC Medium 2.6/7 1.7/5 7.36
CBS The Mentalist (Repeat) 2.5/7 1.7/5 9.43
ABC Castle 2.2/6 1.7/5 8.44

Shows are sorted by 18-49 rating in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company.


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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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