'Conan' earns solid overnight score for TBS

ESPN was expected to win Monday in key demos behind “Monday Night Football,” but ABC led the broadcast bunch thanks to “Dancing With the Stars.” Meanwhile, TBS’ “Conan” bow edged out latenight offerings on CBS and NBC in overnight rating, with detailed numbers due later today.

Those latenight metered-market overnight scores had “Conan” earning a 2.9 rating/6 share from 11 p.m. to midnight, while NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” pulled a 2.7/7 and CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman” did a 2.5/7. Nielsen will release total-viewer and demo information this afternoon.

In primetime, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” ruled from 8 to 10 p.m., averaging a 4.2 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 20.4 million viewers overall — up week to week and the night’s most-watched program. The net then dipped to second in demos but remained first in total viewers among the broadcasters at 10 p.m. with “Castle” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall).

At CBS, “How I Met Your Mother” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall), “Rules of Engagement” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (4.4/11 in 18-49, 14.0 million viewers overall) all edged downward week to week, though “Men” was the No. 1 broadcast program on the night in demos. At 9:30, rookie “Mike and Molly” was up a tick vs. last week in the preliminaries (3.7/9 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall). And capping the night was “Hawaii Five-0″ (2.9/8 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall), on par with last week.

Fox’s drama combo of “House” (3.7/10 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) and “Lie to Me” (1.8/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) were up vs. their most recent original episodes, with the former tying ABC’s “Dancing” for the 18-49 lead in the night’s opening hour.

NBC struggled, as news special “Matt Lauer Reports” (1.7/4 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) came in below the demo average for “Chuck” in the time period, and “The Event” (1.7/4 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and “Chase” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) both hit lows.

CW was on par with “90210” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) and “Gossip Girl” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall), with the latter up a bit week to week in women 18-34.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 3.7/10; CBS, 3.4/9; Fox, 2.7/7; Univision, 1.6/4; NBC, 1.5/4; CW, 0.9/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 17.5 million; CBS, 10.6 million; Fox, 7.5 million; NBC, 5.7 million; Univision, 3.9 million; CW, 1.8 million.

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