'Star,' 'Castle' bring in big numbers for Alphabet

Show Network Rating (18-49) Share Viewers (millions)
1. The Big Bang Theory CBS 5.0 13 13.1
2. Dancing With the Stars ABC 4.8 12 20.2
3. Two and a Half Men CBS 4.6 12 13.4
4. House FOX 4.0 9 10.5
5. Castle ABC 3.2 9 13.1
6. CSI: Miami CBS 3.1 9 10.8
7. How I Met Your Mother CBS 2.8 8 6.8
8. Rules of Engagement CBS 2.8 8 7.3
9. 24 FOX 2.6 7 8.3
10. Trauma NBC 1.3 3 4.3

With Wil Wheaton returning as a guest star, “The Big Bang Theory” was the highest-rated show Monday, yet that wasn’t enough to propel CBS to victory. “Dancing With the Stars” and “Castle” gave ABC the win on a night when every network except NBC offered original content.

“Dancing With the Stars” (4.8 rating/13 share in the 18-49 demo) drew the most viewers with 20.2 million viewers tuning in. The Alphabet’s continually hard-charging “Castle” (3.2/9, 13.1m) was up 10% from a week ago, although the last moments of “Dancing” did blend into the 10 p.m. timeslot to slightly inflate the numbers.

“The Big Bang Theory” posted a 5.1/13, with 13.1 million viewers watching for CBS. Audience totals were slightly below its “Two and a Half Men” lead-in (4.6/12, 13.4m). From 8-9 p.m., “How I Met Your Mother” (2.8/9, 6.8m) fell to its lowest demo numbers of the season while “Rules of Engagement” (2.8/8, 7.3m) improved slightly from a week ago. For the second consecutive time when they each had originals up against one another, “Castle” nudged past Eye entry “CSI: Miami” (3.1/9, 10.8m), which hit an all-time ratings low.

A Hugh Laurie-directed “House” (4.0/12, 10.5m) and “24” (2.6/7, 8.3m) gave Fox a third-place finish.

NBC sandwiched a pair of repeats — “Chuck” (0.9/3, 4.3m) and “Law & Order” (1.2/4, 4m) — around a new “Trauma” (1.3/3, 4.3m).

The finale of “Life Unexpected” (0.9/3, 1.8m) saw a ratings bump in the 18-34 demo, while “Gossip Girl” (0.9/2, 1.8m) was in line with past performances.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.2/12; CBS, 3.6/10; Fox, 3.3/9; Univision, 1.4/4; NBC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.9/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 17.9 million; CBS, 10.4 million; Fox, 9.4 million; NBC, 3.7 million; Univision, 3.3 million; CW, 1.8 million.

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