TV ratings: 'Dancing' dips again; CBS and FOX share demo title

big-bang-staircase-320.jpgFast National ratings for Monday, May 17, 2010

"Dancing With the Stars" fell a bit more in the ratings Monday, and while it was still the night's most-watched show, the rest of ABC's lineup wasn't strong enough to keep CBS and FOX from tying for the lead in adults 18-49.

ABC scored Monday's best overall numbers, averaging 14.2 million viewers and a 9.1 rating/15 share in households. CBS (10.7 million, 6.6/11) came in second, beating out FOX (9.9 million, 5.9/9). NBC (5.8 million, 3.8/6) was up a bit from last week, while a night of finales on The CW drew 2 million viewers and a 1.3/2.

CBS and FOX tied for first in the 18-49 demo at 3.6 ABC took third with 3.2. NBC averaged 1.8 and The CW 1.0.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC:
"Dancing With the Stars" (18.1 million viewers, 11.5/18 households)
FOX: "House" season finale (10.9 million, 6.5/10)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" (7.65 million, 4.7/8)/"Rules of Engagement" (7.7 million, 4.8/8)
NBC: "Chuck" (5.2 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: "One Tree Hill" season finale (2 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "House" (4.2)

9 p.m.

ABC:
"Dancing With the Stars" (20.3 million, 12.3/20)/"Romantically Challenged" (8.7 million, 5.8/9)
CBS: "Two and a Half Men" (13.2 million, 8.0/12)/ "The Big Bang Theory" (14.75 million, 8.7/14)
FOX: "24" (9 million, 5.4/8)
NBC: "Law & Order" (5.9 million, 3.9/6)
The CW: "Gossip Girl" season finale (2 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (5.4)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI: Miami" (10.6 million, 6.7/11)
ABC: "Castle" season finale (10.1 million, 6.5/11)
NBC: "Law & Order" (6.2 million, 4.3/7)

18-49 leader: "CSI: Miami" (3.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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