CBS newcomers solid; ABC wins night

ABC led among the broadcast networks on the third Monday of the season, a night that saw the two newcomers on CBS hold up nicely while NBC’s new pair drifted further downward. And Fox instantly boosted its night with “Lie to Me” in for “Lone Star.”

According to preliminary affiliate-based nationals from Nielsen, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” posted its lowest score of the season but still topped the broadcast nets from 8 to 10 p.m. with a 4.3 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and 20.1 million viewers overall, while 10 p.m. drama “Castle” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall) was up slightly week to week. The numbers for both shows could come down a bit in the nationals since the ABC station in Boston was showing the “Monday Night Football” game between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.

At CBS, the comedy block of “How I Met Your Mother” (3.4/10 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall), “Rules of Engagement” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall), “Two and a Half Men” (4.5/11 in 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall) and “Mike and Molly” (3.8/9 in 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall) continues to look good, with the opening hour up vs. the same night last year; in its third outing, “Mike and Molly” was up a tick week to week even though its “Men” lead-in was down but stood as the night’s No. 1 entertainment series in 18-49. And at 10, “Hawaii Five-0″ (3.5/9 in 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall) nearly matched its week-ago score and remained within 10% of its series premiere of two weeks ago.

NBC’s “Chuck” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) lost another tick week to week, and lead-out “The Event” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) was down about 20% and was off 33% from its good premiere score two weeks ago; still, the 2.4 was a sizable improvement over last year’s 1.7 in the timeslot for “Trauma.” And at 10, “Chase” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) dropped 19% week to week and came in 26% below its series premiere average, but was ahead of “The Jay Leno Show” a year ago.

Fox edged up slightly in Monday’s opening hour with “House” (3.9/11 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall), and the season premiere of “Lie to Me” at 9 p.m. (2.2/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) more than doubled the second — and last — episode of “Lone Star.”

At CW, “90210″ (1.0/3 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall) was in line with last week, and “Gossip Girl” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall) was on the rise, though the latter’s early numbers are inflated due to a football preemption in Miami.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 3.9/10; CBS, 3.6/9; Fox, 3.0/8; NBC, 2.0/5; Univision, 1.8/5; CW, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 17.4 million; CBS, 11.3 million; Fox, 8.3 million; NBC, 6.2 million; Univision, 4.4 million; CW, 2.0 million.

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