The premiere of Dating in the Dark pulled in a 2.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, and along with The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All helped ABC to a win on Monday against only token new competition from NBC.

The “Men Tell All” episode of The Bachelorette was about even with last Monday night’s regular show, while the otherwise wheel spinning Great American Road Trip picked up a tenth of a demo ratings point.

Dating in the Dark’s premiere demo rating was a half point higher than the finale of Here Come The Newlyweds last week. It also held its 2.5 rating steady for both half hours. That’s a good sign for ABC.

The only other new show on broadcast last night, Dateline NBC, dropped 43% in the 18-49 demo (1.4 > 0.8) from last Monday. The difference between with Jackson and without?

Correction: At 10pm, NBC aired the premiere of The Wanted, which evidently no one watched, nor even bothered to tell any of our ratings sources it was on instead of Dateline.

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Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers (million)
8:00 ABC The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All 2.6 8 2.5 9 7.808
CBS How I Met Your Mother (repeat) 1.7 6 1.2 5 5.249
FOX House (repeat) 1.4 5 1.1 4 4.491
NBC Great American Road Trip 1.0 3 0.6 2 3.464
CW One Tree Hill (repeat) 0.4 1 0.4 1 0.838
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (repeat) 1.8 6 1.0 4 5.197
9:00 ABC The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All 2.9 8 2.8 9 8.155
CBS Two And A Half Men (repeat) 2.8 8 1.6 5 9.190
FOX Lie To Me (repeat) 1.1 3 0.9 3 3.745
NBC Law & Order: CI (new to NBC) 1.0 3 0.7 2 4.276
CW Gossip Girl (repeat) 0.3 1 0.3 1 0.556
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory (repeat) 2.8 8 1.7 5 8.657
10:00 ABC Dating in the Dark (premiere) 2.5 7 2.4 8 6.341
CBS CSI:Miami (repeat) 2.0 6 1.3 4 8.418
NBC Dateline NBC The Wanted 0.8 2 0.5 1 2.996

All numbers are Live+SD.

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