ABC topped the Monday night adults 18-49 ratings as both Dancing With the Stars and Castle were near their numbers from last week.

ABC’s 18-49 ratings average slipped to a 4.2 from last week’s 4.4, but with CBS in original episodes instead of NCAA basketball, that was enough to win the nights ratings race. There was an overrun of Dancing With The Stars into the 10pm hour, so it’s preliminary 4.8 adults 18-49 rating is likely to be adjusted upwards in the final ratings, as Castle’s 3.2 rating is likely to be adjusted downwards. Compared to their preliminary results from last week DWTS was down and Castle was up , but how the final ratings comparison shakes out is yet to be seen.

CBS shows were generally down from their last original episodes as How I Met Your Mother fell 22% (from 3/22) to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, a season low for a new episode. Rules of Engagement bucked the general CBS trend gaining 8% from last week to a 2.8 rating. Two and a Half Men was down 10% (vs. 3/22) to a 4.6 rating. And while The Big Bang Theory was the top rated show of the night, it was down 6% to a 5.0 rating from its last original episode on 3/22. CSI: Miami fell 3% (vs. 3/22) to a series low 3.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox’s House was back with its first new episode in nearly a month (3/15) and held steady with a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating, but that still was equal to it’s season low adults 18-49 rating. 24 seemed to get some benefit from the new House, rising 13% from last week to a 2.6 rating.

NBC played a particularly weak hand on Monday, with two repeats and an original Trauma, and got stomped in the adults 18-49 ratings by Univision. The original Trauma fell 13% from last week to just a 1.3 rating, a series low, if anyone cares.

The season (fans hope not series) finale of Life Unexpected on the CW was up 15% in the CW target women 18-34 demo to a 1.5 rating. While Gossip Girl fell 17% percent in the women 18-34 ratings to a 2.0.

Via press blurb:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.2/8 in metered-market households) out-delivered CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.8/7 with an encore telecast) and ABC’s “Nightline (3.6/9) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.8/6) 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,” 1.0/5; “Late Show,” 0.9/4 with an encore telecast; “Nightline,” 1.3/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.7/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., an encore telecast of “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 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 4.0 12 18.104
FOX House 3.7 12 9.956
CBS How I Met Your Mother 2.8 9 6.880
NBC Chuck (repeat) 0.9 3 2.868
CW Life Unexpected 0.9 3 1.846
8:30 ABC Dancing With The Stars 4.6 13 20.133
FOX House 4.2 12 11.130
CBS Rules of Engagement 2.8 8 7.379
NBC Chuck (repeat) 0.9 3 2.604
CW Life Unexpected 0.9 2 1.836
9:00 ABC Dancing With The Stars 5.0 14 20.931
CBS Two And A Half Men 4.6 12 13.465
FOX 24 2.7 7 8.463
NBC Trauma 1.3 3 4.170
CW Gossip Girl 1.0 3 1.862
9:30 ABC Dancing With The Stars 5.4 14 21.944
CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.0 13 13.117
FOX 24 2.5 6 8.206
NBC Trauma 1.3 3 4.545
CW Gossip Girl 0.9 2 1.806
10:00 ABC Castle 3.5 10 14.431
CBS CSI: Miami 3.2 9 10.987
NBC Law & Order (repeat) 1.1 3 3.950
10:30 CBS CSI: Miami 3.1 9 10.699
ABC Castle 2.9 9 11.887
NBC Law & Order (repeat) 1.3 4 4.193

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All numbers are Live+SD.

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