Net's 'Castle' also wins its timeslot

With the top shows on both CBS and Fox airing in repeats, ABC reality vet ”Dancing With the Stars” held up better than usual with the second week of its spring season, teaming with drama ”Castle” to give the net an easy victory on the night.

ABC beat the combined deliveries of CBS, NBC and Fox in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.

It’s not unusual for ”Dancing With the Stars” to see declines of 15% or more in its second week, but the hoofing hit on Monday delivered Nielsens (a 5.1 rating/14 share in adults 18-49 and 22.3 million viewers overall) that were comparable to its week-earlier season premiere; it also was up slightly in a couple of categories, including men 18-34. Of course it helped that the top shows on the competition , CBS’ ”Two and a Half Men” and ”How I Met Your Mother” and Fox’s ”House” , aired in repeat. Also for ABC, ”Castle” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 12.8 million viewers overall) was in line with last week, taking advantage of a ”Hawaii Five-0” repeat on CBS to easily win the 10 o’clock hour.

CBS managed a second-place finish even though all but one of its shows aired repeats. Following an encore ”How I Met Your Mother” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall), an original ”Mad Love” placed second at 8:30 p.m. (2.1/6 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall). The net then peaked with a repeat ”Two and a Half Men” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall), which was followed by encores of ”Mike and Molly” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) and ”Hawaii Five-0” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall).

Univision moved up to third with ”Eva Luna” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) and a two-hour ”Triunfo del Amor” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), beating out both Fox and NBC in 18-49.

Fox aired repeats of ”House” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) and ”The Chicago Code” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), while NBC served up the special ”All Together Now: A Celebration of Service” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), followed by firstrun dramas ”The Event” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) and ”Harry’s Law” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall), both of which matched season lows.

CW barely registered with encores of ”90210” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall) and ”Gossip Girl” (0.2/0 in 18-49, 0.5 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.5/12; CBS, 1.9/5; Univision, 1.7/5; Fox, 1.4/4; NBC, 1.2/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 19.2 million; CBS, 6.2 million; NBC, 5.6 million; Fox, 4.4 million; Univision, 4.3 million; CW, 0.6 million.

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