ABC has to be feeling pretty good, with both CBS & NBC at least content for a day.  Over at Fox it’s more “oh my!” and not in a good way.

ABC won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers with both Dancing with the Stars and Castle up 22% in adults 18-49 vs. last year’s premiere.  DWTS averaged a 5.0 rating between 8p-10p.  Any overrun for Dancing with the Stars will cause later adjustments for Castle in the finals.

CBS was in second with Two and a Half Men up 7% vs. last year, but other than How I Met Your Mother which was up 0.1 vs. last year’s premieres preliminary adults 18-49, the rest of the lineup was a bit down from last year.  Rules of Engagement was down .1 with adults 18-49 vs. last year’s premiere of Accidentally on PurposeMike & Molly with a 3.9 was down 0.7 with adults 18-49 vs. last year’s preliminary 4.6 rating for The Big Bang Theory but I’m not sure CBS could’ve hoped for more there.  It might have hoped for better with Hawaii Five-0 which was down more than 10% from last year’s premiere of CSI: Miami with adults 18-49 (3.8 vs. 4.3).  Still, Mike & Molly and Hawaii Five-0 were the top new performers with adults 18-49.

NBC was in third place with adults 18-49 with Chuck coming in where NBC had to figure it would, with a 2.1 rating. The Event premiered to a 3.7, and while NBC and fans might have hoped for a bit better, it could’ve been worse.  It was NBC’s best non-olympic performance in the time slot since February 2, 2009 and it rose from a 3.5 rating with adults 18-49 in the first half hour to a 3.9 in the second half hour.  Chase’s 2.5 rating with adults 18-49 also could’ve been much worse.  Of course, we’ll have to see what happens next week and thereafter.

The news was much worse for FOX where House was down big with adults 18-49 vs. last year’s 8pm hour (4.6 vs. 6.2) and Lone Star crawled out of the gate dead on arrival with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Over on the CW,  Gossip Girl was up 25% from last week’s premiere with women 18-34 to a 2.5/6 and was up 7%  with adults 18-34.

Late night ratings are below the primetime ratings table.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, September 20, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars (Season Premiere) 4.6/12 20.14
FOX House (Season Premiere) 4.1/11 10.54
CBS How I Met Your Mother (Season Premiere) 3.6/10 8.78
NBC Chuck (Season Premiere) 2.1/6 6.06
CW 90210 1.0/3 2.16
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (Season Premiere) 3.1/8 8.33
9:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars (Season Premiere) 5.3/13 21.87
CBS Two and a Half Men (Season Premiere) 4.8/12 14.50
NBC The Event (Series Premiere) 3.7/9 11.19
FOX Lone Star (Series Premiere) 1.3/3 4.06
CW Gossip Girl 1.0/3 1.87
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly (Series Premiere) 3.9/10 12.24
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0 (Series Premiere) 3.8/10 13.83
ABC Castle (Season Premiere) 2.8/8 11.17
NBC Chase (Series Premiere) 2.5/7 7.94

Late night results via NBC:

  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.8/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 3.1/8; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.1/7; 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,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.9/4; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 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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