ABC wins Monday night on strong showing

Week-to-week improvement for ”Dancing With the Stars” helped ABC waltz to a primetime ratings victory Monday.

”Dancing” (4.5 rating/13 share in 18-49, 21.8 million viewers overall) grew by 13% compared to its season low from seven days earlier. Sitcom ”Better With You” (2.6/6, 11.6 million) which has normally aired on Wednesdays, drafted off ”Dancing” to a series high in audience.

At 10 p.m., ”Castle” (1.6/4, 7.6 million) narrowly lost its bid to complete a perfect night for ABC in the demo to CBS’ ”Hawaii Five-0” (1.7/4, 7.0 million). Both were reruns.

Finishing in second place from 8-10 p.m., CBS aired all repeats Monday except for 8:30 p.m. comedy ”Mad Love” (2.0/5, 5.6 million), which topped lead-in ”How I Met Your Mother” (1.6/5, 5.3 million). At 9 p.m., CBS offered ”The Big Bang Theory” (2.3/6, 7.7 million) and ”Mike and Molly” (2.1/5, 7.8 million).

Fox and NBC were tied for third place among viewers 18-49, with Fox eking out a small edge in overall viewers. Fox’s night consisted of reruns of ”House” (1.5/4, 4.8 million) and ”The Chicago Code” (1.0/3, 4.1 million).

For NBC, a repeat of ”Chuck” (0.9/3, 2.9 million) was in a demo tie for last among broadcast networks with the CW’s fresh episode of ”90210” (0.9/3, 1.8 million), which had its best overall viewership since December. Things improved a bit for NBC with originals of ”The Event” (1.3/3, 4.4 million) and ”Law and Order: Los Angeles” (1.3/3, 5.8 million).

”LOLA,” NBC’s highest-rated show in primetime Monday, performed worse in the 18-49 demo than the entire lineups of ABC, CBS and Univision.

The CW wrapped up its night with a new ”Gossip Girl” (0.8/2, 1.5 million)

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC 3.2/8, CBS 1.9/5, Univision 1.4/4, Fox 1.2/3, NBC 1.2/3, CW 0.9/2.

In total viewers: ABC 15.4 million, CBS 6.7 million, Fox 4.5 million, NBC 4.3 million, Univision 3.5 million, CW 1.7 million.

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