Paced by ninety minutes of Dancing With the Stars, ABC easily won the night among adults 18-49. Dancing was down 13% to a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating, its lowest-rated Spring performance ever.  And most dance fans did not stick around for Cougar Town which returned to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. That’s down 15% from its last original following Modern Family on February 2.

Chuck tied its series low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, but that was better than the 1.1 for The Event and Law & Order: Los Angeles.

House was steady with a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating and The Chicago Code was up a tenth to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Hawaii Five-0 easily won the 10p hour with its 2.6 adults 18-49 rating bettering  20/20’s (special covering the royal wedding) 1.7 and the aforementioned Law & Order: LA. Earlier in the night, How I Met Your Mother was down 7% to a series-low (tie) 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Mad Love and Mike & Molly were steady versus last week. Last night Mike & Molly went back to airing after Two and a Half Men, and back “home” at 9pm the “Men” repeat was down a tenth from last week’s 9:30p appearance to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

90210 had its most watched and highest rated episode since 2/7/11 last night and up 50% in W18-34 (1.5/5), up and up 14% in A18-49 (0.8/2).

Gossip Girl returned  up 14%  both in women 18-34 (1.6/4) and adults 18-49 (0.8/2).

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, April 18, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars 3.5/10 18.38
FOX House 3.2/9 8.64
CBS How I Met Your Mother 2.5/8 6.38
NBC Chuck 1.3/4 4.20
CW 90210 0.8/2 1.72
8:30 CBS Mad Love 1.9/5 5.60
9:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars 4.6/12 22.05
CBS Two and a Half Men (R) 2.0/5 7.34
FOX The Chicago Code 1.9/5 6.43
NBC The Event 1.1/3 3.75
CW Gossip Girl 0.8/2 1.47
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 2.5/6 9.74
ABC Cougar Town 2.3/6 8.49
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.6/7 10.90
ABC 20/20 1.7/4 7.66
NBC Law & Order: LA 1.1/3 4.91
Half Hours
8:00 FOX House 3.1/9 8.51
8:30 FOX House 3.2/9 8.77
9:00 FOX The Chicago Code 1.9/5 6.42
9:30 FOX The Chicago Code 1.8/5 6.44
8:00 NBC Chuck 1.3/4 4.26
8:30 NBC Chuck 1.3/4 4.14
9:00 NBC The Event 1.0/3 3.56
9:30 NBC The Event 1.1/3 3.94
10:00 NBC Law & Order: LA 1.0/2 4.65
10:30 NBC Law & Order: LA 1.1/3 5.16
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.7/7 11.08
10:30 CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.6/7 10.72

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,” 2.8/7 with an encore telecast; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.4/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/5.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.7/3 with an encore; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) trailed “Late Late Show” (0.5/3 with an encore).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 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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Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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