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Led by two hours of Dancing With the Stars, ABC won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers, ahead of CBS. Like last week there was Monday Night Football and baseball playoff competition on cable.  The MNF game isn’t likely to be anywhere near as high-rated as last week’s New York/Minnesota matchup,  but last Monday the Yankees weren’t playing and last night they were.

Two and a Half Men dropped 4% to its lowers-rated fall telecast ever, but it was still the night’s top program with adults 18-49 with a 4.3 rating.

The 3.9 adults 18-49 for Dancing with the Stars was its lowest-rated performance show of the fall season.

Chuck and The Event were steady vs. last week’s finals with a 1.9 and 2.2 adults 18-49 rating respectively. Chase was up 0.1 to a 1.6 rating with adults 18-49.   FYI to Chuck fans: we have a really unique Chuck giveaway.

Hawaii Five-0 edged out Castle at 10pm with adults 18-49, but as a consolation prize for those rooting for Castle, it had more viewers than H50Castle was flat vs. last week’s final #s, but Hawaii Five-0’s 2.9 rating was down 6% to its lowest rating yet.  Castle could fall a tick in the finals due to Dancing with the Stars overrun.

House was down 0.1 vs. last week’s finals to a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, and Lie To Me was up a tick to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, October 18, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.7/10 18.43
FOX House 3.5/10 9.49
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.2/9 8.03
NBC Chuck 1.9/5 5.26
CW 90210 (Repeat) 0.5/1 1.21
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.9/8 7.89
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 4.3/11 13.39
ABC Dancing With the Stars 4.2/10 20.15
NBC The Event 2.2/5 6.37
FOX Lie to Me 2.0/5 5.71
CW Gossip Girl (Repeat) 0.4/1 0.88
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 3.4/8 10.98
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.9/8 10.59
ABC Castle 2.7/7 11.63
NBC Chase 1.6/4 5.17

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,” 2.5/6 with an encore telecast; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.5/6 with an encore; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.4/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.7/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.8/4 with an encore; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/5 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) trailed “Late Late Show” (0.6/4 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 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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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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