NBC spinoff sputtering; ABC wins Monday

A retooling and cast shakeup have done nothing to improve the ratings for NBC’s first-year drama “Law and Order: Los Angeles,” which posted weak numbers Monday in its second outing airing behind fellow struggling rookie “The Event.” ABC won the night thanks to “Dancing With the Stars.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, NBC saw its best numbers Monday for 8 o’clock vet “Chuck” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), which tied its series low, and then struggled mightily from 9 to 11 p.m. with “The Event” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), down 15% from its most recent episode and its series low, and “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), which declined 27% from last week’s low-rated return to the lineup. “LOLA” placed fifth in 18-49 among the broadcasters in the 10 o’clock hour and also figures to finish behind cablers History, USA and TNT.

ABC won Monday in key demos as well as total viewers even though “Dancing With the Stars” (3.9/11 in 18-49, 19.6 million viewers overall) hit a season low as it contracted to 90 minutes. It was followed by a special, original episode of “Cougar Town” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) in advance of its regular-slot return tomorrow night. And at 10, the Alphabet averaged a 1.7/4 in 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers overall for the Barbara Walters-fronted “20/20″ special “William & Catherine: A Modern Fairly Tale” (1.7/4 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall), well below what original epsidoes of “Castle” have been averaging of late in the timeslot.

CBS matched some season lows with original episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” (2.5/8 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall), “Mad Love” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall), airing alongside a repeat of “Two and a Half Men” at 9 o’clock (2.0/5 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall). Faring better relative to recent outings was 10 p.m. drama “Hawaii Five-0″ (2.6/7 in 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall), which took advantage of a special sidelining ABC’s “Castle” to comfortably lead the broadcasters in the hour.

Fox dramas “House” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) and “The Chicago Code” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) were in line with recent perfs, with the former standing as the night’s top-rated scripted program in 18-49.

At CW, “90210” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) and “Gossip Girl” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) posted similarly soft scores with their first original episodes since late February.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.9/8; Fox, 2.5/8; CBS, 2.3/6; Univision, 1.4/4; NBC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.8/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 13.8 million; CBS, 8.5 million; Fox, 7.5 million; NBC, 4.3 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 1.6 million.

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