FOX and CBS tied with adults 18-49 for the night, with FOX having a commanding lead with adults 18-34 viewers on the strength of the So You Think You Can Dance and Glee lineup.  Both shows had identical 18-49 ratings as last week (though I believe Glee edged up a tick last week in the final numbers).

CBS led in total viewers for the night by a wide margin and its 8pm comedy lineup of The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried bested the ABC lineup of Hank and The Middle.  Hank sunk to a 1.6/5 a 27% drop from last week when it premiered with a 2.2 rating.  The drop for The Middle was not as steep at only 16% to a 2.1 where Gary Unmarried edged it out with a 2.2.

CBS Criminal Minds was the night’s most-watched show (13.49 million) and had the best adults 18-49 rating of the night with a 3.5, down only a tick from last night.  But all was not rosy for CBS as CSI: NY’s 2.9 adults 18-49 rating at 10pm matched a series-low for a new episode.

NBC’s Mercy dropped below a 2.0 rating to a 1.8,  but Law & Order: SVU with a 2.6 was up a tick from last week.

The ABC comedies from 9-10p also slipped noticeably from last week, Modern Family from a 3.7 to a 3.2, and Cougar Town from a 3.6 to a 3.1.  Eastwick dropped from last week’s 2.4 adults 18-49 rating to last night’s 1.8.

Castle fans best hope currently seems to be rooting against the forgotten and Eastwick and will be sure to note the poor performance of those other ABC 10pm shows that can’t even creep over a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating like Castle can!

The Major League Baseball divisional series playoff games began last night on TBS with two separate game (Twins/Yankees and Cardinals/Dodgers) airing during portions of primetime.

In the Late Night Wars, Conan & Letterman tied with adults 18-49 (1.0 rating) in Nielsen’s 24 local market with people meters, and Conan won with adults 18-34 (0.8 vs. 0.5)

Full Details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.5/7 6.18
CBS New Adventures of Old Christine 2.0/6 7.27
NBC Mercy 1.8/5 7.29
ABC Hank 1.6/5 6.72
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.5/5 3.29
8:30 ABC The Middle 2.1/6 6.78
CBS Gary Unmarried 2.2/6 7.17
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 3.5/9 13.49
ABC Modern Family 3.2/9 8.46
FOX Glee 3.2/8 7.30
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.6/7 8.14
CW Melrose Place (R) 0.5/1 1.08
9:30 ABC Cougar Town 3.1/8 7.80
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 2.9/8 11.96
ABC Eastwick 1.8/5 5.28
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.7/5 5.74

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