With full schedules of new episodes, it was a tight race at the top Tuesday. Fox lead by House and ABC topped by Dancing With the Stars finished in a tie with an overall 4.2 rating for adults 18-49. CBS lifted by Two and A Half Men was only a tick behind with a 4.1.

NBC was well back, but may have stopped sinking further, as Chuck matched its 18-49 demo from last week, and both Heroes and Medium were up. CBS was up a tick in each demo from two weeks ago when it last had all new episodes.

Even with increased competition, ABC was steady overall from last week, as Dancing with the Stars was up, but newcomer Castle slipped another tick in the demo. It’s likely that a small Dancing overrun was in the Castle numbers. While that will be factored out in the final numbers, here are the Castle half hours: 10pm 3.0/8, 2.5/7, 11.2m; 10:30pm 2.1/6, 1.7/5, 8.4m. Castle’s crumbling seems to be taking it out of the running for next season.

Fox was close to its last Monday with new episodes, down a tick in adults 18-49, but up two ticks in adults 18-34. Even with more competition, the CW was up in both demos from last week, +0.1 ratings point in 18-49 and +0.3 in 18-34, as Gossip Girl beat Chuck in adults 18-34.

Previous Monday overnight reports are available for comparison.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers Live+SD (000s)
8:00 FOX House 4.7 13 4.5 13 12,186
  ABC Dancing With the Stars 4.3 12 3.2 9 18,813
  CBS The Big Bang Theory 3.8 11 2.8 9 9,765
  NBC Chuck 2.1 6 1.5 4 5,625
  UNI Cuidado con el Ángel 2.0 5 2.2 6 5,081
  CW Gossip Girl 1.3 3 1.8 5 2,479
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.9 10 3.4 10 9,228
9:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars 5.4 13 4.3 11 21,643
  CBS Two and A Half Men 5.1 12 3.8 10 14,439
  FOX 24 3.7 9 3.2 8 11,209
  NBC Heroes 3.1 7 2.9 7 6,318
  UNI Mañana Es Para Siempre 2.3 5 2.6 7 5,208
  CW One Tree Hill 1.2 3 1.6 4 2,288
9:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 4.1 10 2.7 7 10,993
10:00 CBS CSI:Miami 4.0 10 2.9 8 13,359
  ABC Castle 2.6 7 2.1 6 9,814
  NBC Medium 2.6 7 1.8 5 7,260
  UNI Cristina 1.4 4 1.6 4 3,430

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

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company.


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