'Dancing,' 'Samantha' stay strong

“Dancing With the Stars” and new comedy “Samantha Who” carried ABC to a narrow demo victory over CBS on Monday, with the Eye hanging tough thanks to above-average scores for its comedy lineup.

According to preliminary Nielsen nationals that include same-day DVR playback, “Dancing With the Stars” (5.2 rating/13 share in adults 18-49, 21.8 million viewers overall) was up week to week to stand as the night’s top program. “Samantha Who” followed with more winning results for the net at 9:30 (4.4/10 in 18-49, 14.3 million viewers overall), and “The Bachelor” closed out the night with respectable numbers (3.4/9 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall).

At CBS, 8:30 rookie laffer “Big Bang Theory” (3.8/9 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall) again built on its lead-in from “How I Met Your Mother” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall), leading into above-average results in the 9 o’clock hour for “Two and a Half Men” (5.0/11 in 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall) and “Rules of Engagement” (4.2/10 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall) and week-to-week improvement for 10 p.m. drama “CSI: Miami” (4.6/12 in 18-49, 15.4 million viewers overall). “Rules” delivered its best averages since its second-season premiere in September.

NBC was in line with its recent averages at 8 for “Chuck” (3.0/7 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall), and then saw its best scores in four weeks from 9 to 11 with dramas “Heroes” (5.1/12 in 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall) and “Journeyman” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall). The male-skewing Peacock dramas — as well as programming on other broadcasters — likely benefited from a weak NFL “Monday Night Football” matchup on ESPN (San Francisco at Seattle).

Fox’s “Prison Break” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) was in line with its recent outings at 8, and the net was well behind the pack at 9 with first-year drama “K-ville” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.4/11; CBS, 4.3/10; NBC, 3.5/9; Fox, 2.4/6; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 16.3 million; CBS, 12.4 million; NBC, 8.3 million; Fox, 6.0 million; Univision, 3.1 million; CW, 2.4 million.

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