'Dancing' wins timeslot, but takes tumble

With ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” posting surprising week-to-week losses, CBS scored a demo victory on Monday behind its comedy lineup led by “Two and a Half Men” and the returning “Rules of Engagement.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” still won its timeslot from 8 to 9:30 p.m. (4.0 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, 17.0 million viewers overall) but tumbled about 20% vs. the previous week to its lowest rating to date for a performance episode. In its final half-hour, “Dancing” fell 2 shares behind hot CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men” in 18-49 (5.3/13 in 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall), with the latter standing as the night’s top show in demos while the Alphabet’s hoofing competition drew the most eyeballs overall.

CBS also saw a solid return to action for “Rules of Engagement” at 9:30 p.m. (4.0/10 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall), in line with its fall averages and a solid winner in demos over ABC’s “Samantha Who” (3.0/7 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall), which was down from its week-earlier return to place third in young adults. Earlier in the evening for CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) and “How I Met Your Mother” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) were both lower than recent weeks, but “Mother” continues to build on its lead-in.

A two-hour “Deal or No Deal” (2.9/7 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall) kept NBC competitive from 8 to 10 p.m., with the gameshow moving up to second place in its final half-hour. The Peacock then moved the lead in demos at 10 o’clock with an original episode of “Medium” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall), which beat out a repeat of “CSI: Miami” on CBS (2.9/8 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall) and ABC’s third-place “The Bachelor” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall).

At Fox, “Bones” opened to credible third-place numbers on its new night (2.8/8 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall), followed by more modest numbers for “New Amsterdam” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall). The net’s top-rated drama, “House,” will slide into the 9 o’clock hour to close out the season.

CW’s “One Tree Hill” had a nice debut on its new night (1.3/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall), drawing its third best 18-34 score of the season (2.0/5). Original episodes of “Gossip Girl” will lead in to it beginning next week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.6/9; ABC, 3.4/9; NBC, 2.9/8; Fox, 2.5/6; Univision, 1.7/4; CW, 1.0/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 12.5 million; CBS, 10.2 million; NBC, 9.6 million; Fox, 7.7 million; CW, 2.0 million.

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