TV ratings: 'Dancing' waltzes to Monday win, 'House' low

erin-andrews-dwts0412.jpgFast National ratings for Monday, April 12, 2010

The return of "House" and CBS' comedies didn't do much to stem the "Dancing with the Stars" tide Monday. In fact, "House" and the sitcoms were all well off their season averages.

ABC led the night by a wide margin, scoring 17.9 million viewers and an 11.5 rating/19 share in households. CBS (10.4 million, 6.5/11) finished second. FOX took third with 9.4 million viewers and a 5.7/9, easily topping fourth-place NBC (3.7 million, 2.5/4), which had two of its three shows in reruns. The CW (1.8 million, 1.2/2) trailed.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, ABC's 4.2 rating beat out CBS' 3.6 for the top spot. FOX came in third with a 3.3, followed by NBC, 1.1, and The CW, 0.9.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC:
"Dancing with the Stars" (19.1 million viewers, 12.3/20)
FOX: "House" (10.5 million, 6.3/10)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" (6.9 million, 4.4/7)/"Rules of Engagement" (7.4 million, 4.6/7)
NBC: "Chuck" rerun (2.7 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: "Life Unexpected" season finale (1.8 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "Dancing with the Stars" (4.3)

9 p.m.

ABC:
"Dancing with the Stars" (21.4 million, 13.8/21)
CBS: "Two and a Half Men" (13.5 million, 8.2/13)/"The Big Bang Theory" (13.1 million, 7.9/12)
FOX: "24" (8.3 million, 5.0/8)
NBC: "Trauma" (4.4 million, 2.7/4)
The CW: "Gossip Girl" (1.8 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: "Dancing with the Stars" (5.2)

10 p.m.

ABC:
"Castle" (13.2 million, 8.5/15)
CBS: "CSI: Miami" (10.8 million, 7.0/12)
NBC: "Law & Order" rerun (4.1 million, 2.8/5)

18-49 leader: "Castle" (3.2)

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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