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.

On a night where other than a new episode of Rules of Engagement, CBS aired repeats, Fox edged out ABC for a victory with adults 18-49, and  led by Dancing With the Stars, ABC dominated with total viewers, though with adults 18-49 it was a season low for a DWTS performance show.  Did losing Kate Gosselin cause ABC to take a hit of ~.4 with adults 18-49?

Even with CBS being almost exclusively repeats, NBC could manage no better than fourth place.

ABC’s Romantically Challenged dropped to a 2.7 rating.  Last week it premiered with a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating in the preliminary numbers that was adjusted to a 2.9 in the final numbers.

Despite the reruns, CBS’s Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory were still a force in the 9pm hour, beating out a new episode of 24 on FOX that scored a 2.8 rating.

Chuck returned to with a 2.1 rating with adults 18-49, exactly the same as its last new episode on April 5.  With a mere 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, Trauma had its best outing since November 30.

At 8pm, House won the hour with a 4.1 adults 18-49, edging out Dancing With the Stars and was the night’s top scripted show.

CBS, ABC and NBC all aired repeats in the 10pm hour, with the Castle and CSI: Miami reruns deadlocked with adults 18-49, with Castle winning in total viewers.  It was the most-watched repeat of Castle ever.

Notes from CW on One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl:

ONE TREE HILL returned to The CW’s Monday night line-up and delivered its best women demos since 1/25/10, in both women 18-34 (2.1/6) and women 18-49 (1.5/4).  TREE HILL was on-par with its last original in adults 18-34 (1.4/4).

GOSSIP GIRL had its largest total audience (2.0 mil), adults 18-49 (1.1/3) and women 18-49 (1.7/4) ratings since 12/7/2009.

GG improved on its previous original telecast (4/12/10) across the board, including 14% in women 18-34 (2.4/7), 21% in women 18-49 (1.7/4), 7% in adults 18-34 (1.5/4), 10% in adults 18-49 (1.1/3) and 10% in total viewers (2.04mil).

The CW had its best Monday since 1/18/10 in women 18-34 (2.3/6), women 18-49 (1.6/4) and adults 18-34 (1.5/4).

Late night info is below the primetime data.

Nielsen overnight ratings for Monday, April 26, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX House 4.1/12 10.62
ABC Dancing With the Stars 4.0/11 19.30
NBC Chuck 2.1/6 5.98
CBS How I Met Your Mother (R) 1.6/5 4.82
CW One Tree Hill 1.0/3 2.06
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.4/7 6.70
9:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars 5.0/13 21.94
CBS Two and a Half Men (R) 3.0/8 9.69
FOX 24 2.8/7 9.16
NBC Trauma 1.6/4 5.28
CW Gossip Girl 1.1/3 2.04
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 3.5/9 10.57
ABC Romantically Challenged 2.7/7 10.03
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (R) 2.0/6 7.94
ABC Castle (R) 2.0/6 8.10
NBC Law & Order (R) 1.5/4 4.79

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.1/8 in metered-market households) out-delivered CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.4/6) 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,” 1.1/5; “Late Show,” 0.8/3; “Nightline,” 1.1/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.7/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/5 with an encore telecast).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied “Late Late Show” (0.5/3 with an encore telecast).
  • 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 0.3/2 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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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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