It’s like Christmas, only I don’t know which presents to open first. Plus, I haven’t even gotten all the presents yet.

Dancing With the Stars opened with 17.5 million viewers and a 4.1/10.  House opened with a 16.5 million and a whopping 6.5 adults 18-to-49 rating between 8pm and 10pm.  Dancing was down from last year, and had its lowest premiere ever, but House was up versus last year’s premiere.

Heroes two hour opener began with a 2.7/7 (rating/share) with adults 18-49 between 8pm-10pm.  That led into The Jay Leno Show at 10pm with 5.7 million and dipped below a 2.0 demo rating for the first time with a 1.8/5 rating/share with adults 18-49.

The Big Bang Theory bested Two and a Half Men with adults 18-49 (4.6 vs. 4.4) and How I Met Your Mother was still  strong (3.5)

ABC’s Castle debuted to 9.4 million viewers, but only a 2.3 rating with adults 18-49.  It’s half hour numbers though reveal what I imagine were a couple of minute overage for DWTS.  In the first half hour, Castle had a 2.5/6 with adults 18-49 and from 10:30p-11p that fell to a 2.1/6.  In viewers it went from 10.28 million average the first half hour to 8.58 million the second.

Historical Jay Leno comparisons via NBC:

  • Versus Jay Leno’s 2008-09 average at 11:35 p.m. ET on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” last night’s telecast was up in adults 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.4), adults 25-54 (2.2 vs. 1.8) and total viewers (5.7 million vs. 5.1 million).  Comparisons with NBC’s Monday-through-Friday 10-11 p.m. ET non-sports average over the prior 52 weeks are: in adults 18-49, 1.8 vs. 2.2; in adults 25-54, 2.2 vs. 2.7; and in total viewers, 5.7 million vs. 6.9 million).

The CW liked ONE TREE HILL at 8pm which was flat week to week in adults 18-34 (1.6/4), women 18-34 (2.4/6), adults 18-49 (1.2/3) and viewers (2.5mil) against its regular competition. Things weren’t so nice for Gossip Girl though, who got one last beat-down from House and had 18-34(1.6/4), W18-34(2.4/6) and 18-49 (1.1/1).

Gossip Girl will typically face off against Lie To Me.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX House 6.2/16 15.76
ABC Dancing With the Stars 4.0/10 17.43
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.5/9 9.22
NBC Heroes 2.8/7 6.27
CW One Tree Hill 1.2/3 2.48
8:30 CBS Accidentally on Purpose 3.2/8 8.99
9:00 FOX House 6.9/16 17.25
CBS Two and a Half Men 4.4/10 13.59
ABC Dancing With the Stars 4.2/10 17.64
NBC Heroes 2.7/6 5.77
CW Gossip Girl 1.1/3 2.09
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.6/10 12.83
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 4.3/11 13.73
ABC Castle 2.3/6 9.43
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.8/5 5.67

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

All numbers are Live+SD.

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