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Vets shine on Monday

'Men,' 'Dancing' top series on night; 'Hawaii' slips

On a night that saw CBS rookie drama “Hawaii Five-0” dip some in its fifth outing, it was vets “Two and a Half Men” and “Dancing With the Stars” that topped the ratings charts. NBC’s recently picked-up freshmen “The Event” and “Chase” held up well week to week.

While ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” has been the top young-adult draw on the night for the first month of the season, that may not be the case this week when Nielsen issues nationals later today; the game was a not-so-marquee and lopsided clunker between Tennessee and Jacksonville. Ratings will also be released later today for TBS’ coverage of baseball’s American League Championship Series between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.

According to preliminary, affiliate-based national estimates from Nielsen, ABC was the top broadcaster on Monday behind “Dancing With the Stars” (3.9/10 in 18-49, 19.3 million viewers overall) and “Castle” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 11.6 million viewers overall), which were on par with the previous week. “Castle” was in its most competitive demo position to date with CBS’ declining first-year drama “Hawaii Five-0” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall), with the former likely to stay ahead in total viewers when the dust settles in the nationals.

The decline for “Hawaii Five-0” was part of an overall trend at CBS on Monday, as “How I Met Your Mother” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall), “Rules of Engagement” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall), “Two and a Half Men” (4.3/11 in 18-49, 13.4 million viewers overall) and “Mike and Molly” (3.4/8 in 18-49, 11.0 million viewers overall) were all down week to week.

Fox’s “House” (3.5/10 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) and “Lie to Me” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) were on par with the previous week, with the former placing second and the latter fourth among the English-language broadcasters.

NBC’s hourlong lineup may have found its level (albeit fourth among the broadcasters), as “Chuck” held steady at 8 (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) and “The Event” (2.2/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) matched its week-ago score and remained ahead of Fox’s drama in the hour. And at 10, “Chase” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) was up a tick week to week. Both “Event” and “Chase” received full-season pickup orders from NBC on Monday.

In other ratings news, CBS saw an encouraging opening-day number for its new daytime hour “The Talk,” which averaged a 2.1 household rating/7 share in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets — up 24% vs. the October 2009 overnight rating for soap “As the World Turns” (1.7). The show was No. 1 in its time period in 20 markets, including Philadelphia, Boston and Miami.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 3.5/9; CBS, 3.3/9; Fox, 2.8/7; NBC, 1.9/5; Univision, 1.7/5; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 16.7 million; CBS, 10.2 million; Fox, 7.6 million; NBC, 5.6 million; Univision, 4.2 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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