'Suburbia,' 'Castle' offer little help

On the last Monday before the start of the May sweep, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” was on the rise, lifting the net to a demo victory. ABC is still not getting much Monday help, though, from either “Surviving Suburbia” or “Castle,” although the latter grew a bit this time around.

Throwing the night off kilter some was that CBS aired mostly repeats while Fox substituted an original “Bones” at 8 p.m. in place of “House” and settled for a third-place finish in the leadoff hour.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” rose a bit week to week and was easily the night’s top show, averaging a projected 4.7 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 and 20.7 million viewers overall from 9 to 10:02 p.m. It was followed by comedy “Surviving Suburbia” (2.5/6 in 18-49, million viewers overall), which was in line with last week, and drama “Castle” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), which was up slightly week to week.

CBS ranked second even though laffers “The Big Bang Theory” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall), “How I Met Your Mother” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (3.9/10 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall) aired repeats. A firstrun “Rules of Engagement” led its 9:30 timeslot (3.8/9 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall), retaining nearly all of its young-adult lead-in from the repeat “Two and a Half Men.” And at 10, a special “The Mentalist” airing in place of “CSI: Miami” pulled a 2.5/7 in 18-49 and 9.4 million viewers overall.

Fox was lower than usual on the night as “Bones” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall) was well below what “House” usually delivers in the hour. And this resulted in a lower-than-usual episode of “24” at 9 p.m. (3.2/8 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall).

At NBC, “Chuck” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) took advantage of the softer 8 o’clock competition to match its best score in the last seven weeks. “Heroes” (3.0/7 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) was down week to week to remain fourth in the 9 o’clock hour, and “Medium” finished the night in first or second place in all key categories (2.6/7 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall), down a tick vs. the previous week.

CW’s “Gossip Girl” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) and “One Tree Hill” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) were in line with the previous week, placing fifth in their hours among adults 18-34. The dramas, though, did combine for a second-place finish on the night among women 18-34 (2.6/7).

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