ABC dances to victory

Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC’s consistent tandem of “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Bachelor” produced a ratings victory in key demo categories on Monday, a night that saw a nothing-special premiere for NBC’s “The Real Wedding Crashers.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Dancing With the Stars” won its 8-9:30 time period with a 4.9 rating/13 share in adults 18-49 and 18.7 million viewers overall, while “The Bachelor” was again competitive closing out the night with a 3.4/9 in 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers overall.

NBC moved up to second place thanks to the return of “Heroes” (5.3/13 in 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall), which led its second half-hour in demos although its overall averages repped a low for the rookie hit. Net placed second in the opening hour with “Deal or No Deal” (3.3/10 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall), and ran third at 10 o’clock with the debut of unscripted series “The Real Wedding Crashers” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall).

CBS was competitive in the active 9 o’clock hour with comedies “Two and a Half Men” (3.9/10 in 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall) and “King of Queens” (4.1/10 in 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall) before moving to the slot lead at 10 with “CSI: Miami” (5.1/14 in 18-49, 16.7 million viewers overall).

Fox went nowhere with “Drive” at 8 (1.8/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), contributing to season-low scores for lead-out drama “24” (3.9/9 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall).

CW struggled even with the return of original episodes of its comedies, including 8 o’clock anchor “Everybody Hates Chris” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.1/11; NBC, 3.9/10; CBS, 3.8/10; Fox, 2.8/8; Univision, 1.9/5; CW, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 14.1 million; CBS, 11.9 million; NBC, 10.0 million; Fox, 7.5 million; Univision, 4.2 million; CW, 2.6 million.

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