The premiere of Dancing With the Stars scored a 5.1 adults 18-49 ratings and 22.3 million viewers, leading ABC to a nightly win, but that was down 20% from last year’s spring premiere.  Last year’s spring premiere averaged a 6.4 adults 18-49 rating and 24.2 million viewers on Monday, March 22, 2010. Castle was boosted 18% to a season high 3.3 adults 18-49 rating and bested Hawaii Five-0’s 2.9 (which was up 4%) for the 10p hour. Look for some adjustment to Castle’s numbers in the final due to DWTS overrun. Castle’s 30 minute breakdown was a 3.6 adults 18-49 for the first half hour and minutes and a 3.0 for the second.

On NBC, Chuck slipped 6% to a series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. The Event was steady with an anemic 1.2 and season/series-low tying adults 18-49 rating and Harry’s Law slipped 11% to a season/series low 1.6 rating in adults 18-49.

On Fox, The Chicago Code was steady with a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, and earlier in the night House was off 3% to a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother scored a season low 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 15% from its last original.  Mad Love scored a 2.3, and that was up 10% from last week. Mike & Molly was down 12% from its last original to a season/series low 3.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, March 21, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars (Season Premiere) 4.7/14 20.86
FOX House 3.4/10 9.31
CBS How I Met Your Mother 2.9/9 7.95
NBC Chuck 1.5/4 4.32
CW 90210 (R) 0.3/1 0.78
8:30 CBS Mad Love 2.3/7 6.55
9:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars (Season Premiere) 5.6/15 23.68
CBS Two and a Half Men (R) 2.6/7 9.14
FOX The Chicago Code 1.9/5 6.31
NBC The Event 1.2/3 4.05
CW Gossip Girl (R) 0.2/0 0.53
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 3.0/8 9.63
10:00 ABC Castle 3.3/9 12.70
CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.9/8 9.79
NBC Harry’s Law 1.6/4 8.21

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

• In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 3.0/8; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.7/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.6/9; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.9/6.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.9/4; “Nightline,” 1.2/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/5 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3 with an encore).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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