(ABC/Adam Larkey) Maksim Chrmervosky, Erin Andrews


Dancing With the Stars waltzed up over last year’s spring debut leading ABC to a big nightly win. DWTS scored a 6.3/17 (rating/share) with adults 18-49  and 23.89 million total viewers in the overnights between 8p-10p boosting Castle to a win ato 10pm with a 3.6 rating (likely to drop a bit if there was any DWTS overrun).  It was the most-watched premiere ever, and second-best premiere ever with adults 18-49.

Last spring Dancing With the Stars premiered to a 5.9/15 (rating/share) with adults 18-49 and 22.497 million viewers in the preliminary overnight numbers for March 9, 2009.  It rose to a 6.1 adults 18-49 rating in the finals (and it was the first  Monday day of Daylight Saving Time).  The  March 17, 2008 premiere had a 5.6 rating with adults 18-49.

Last night was much improved compared to last fall’s DWTS premiere on September 21, 2009 when it averaged a 4.1 rating with adults 18-49 between 8p-10p.

Other nuggets from ABC’s Monday night:

  • Excluding only the 2001 Rose Bowl, Dancing with the Stars produced ABC’s biggest audience in the time slot in nearly 10 years –  since 5/1/00.  In addition, DWTS registered the Net’s best Adult 18-49 number in the time period in just over 3 years – since 3/19/07.


  • Castle won its 10 o’clock time period in Total Viewers (12.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.6/10), beating an original of CBS’ veteran CSI: Miami for the first time ever.
  • Castle achieved series highs with Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.

Chuck was flat versus last week with a 1.9 rating with adults 18-49,but last week’s numbers were down significantly so flat isn’t really a good thing.

CBS finished second for the night and with FOX in repeats at 8pm, it still finished third.  CBS comedy block was still strong even against the DWTS premiere, but both Two and a Half Men (-14%) and The Big Bang Theory (-12%) were down from their last new episodes.  Though CSI: Miami was down only 3% versus its last new episode, it was still a series low rating with adults 18-49.

Life Unexpected and Gossip Girl held up well compared to last week, though Dancing with the Stars hit Life Unexpected a bit harder with women 18-34 where it was down to a 1.5 rating. Gossip Girl actually gained overall viewers versus last week and its 2.0 rating with women 18-34 held 95% of last week’s number.


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Shr Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars (Premiere) 5.8/16 22.64
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.5/10 8.47
NBC Chuck 1.9/5 5.43
FOX House (R) 1.7/5 5.13
CW Life Unexpected 0.9/3 1.96
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 3.3/9 8.54
9:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars (Premiere) 6.9/17 25.14
CBS Two and a Half Men 5.0/13 14.36
FOX 24 2.7/7 8.54
NBC Trauma 1.5/4 4.34
CW Gossip Girl 0.9/2 1.86
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.2/13 13.36
10:00 ABC Castle 3.6/10 12.94
CBS CSI: Miami 3.2/9 10.73
NBC Law & Order 1.8/5 5.93

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All numbers are Live+SD.

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