Monday premieres: “Chuck,” “Big Bang” OK, “Journeyman” underwhelms

BigbangpreemThe big winners of Monday: ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and NBC’s “Heroes.”

NBC’s “Chuck” and CBS’ “Big Bang Theory” (pictured left) qualify for OK starts — not terrific but not terrible.

On the not-so-hot side, NBC’s “Journeyman,” which didn’t make much of its “Heroes” lead-in. And CBS’ “CSI: Miami” was surprisingly sluggish in its premiere, though it did still win its 10 p.m. time slot by a comfortable margin.

The 8-9:30 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” was the night’s most-watched program with 21.2 million hoofers tuning in. “Dancing” was also second for the night in the adults 18-49 demo derby to NBC’s “Heroes” (“Heroes” pulled 6.5 rating/15 share and 14.1 million viewers; “Dancing” scored 5.8/15 in the demo.)

Chuck’s” maiden voyage at 8 p.m. averaged 9.3 million viewers and 3.6/9 in 18-49. At 8:30 p.m. “Big Bang Theory” grew from its “How I Met Your Mother” lead-in to finish out with 9.6 million and 3.7/9, coming out of “Mother’s” 8.3 million and 3.2/9.

“Journeyman” fell from its “Heroes” lead-in to 9.5 million viewers and 3.7/9. “CSI: Miami” was off its usual game in its sixth season opener with an average of 14.8 million viewers and 4.6/12.

Bragging rights for the night went to ABC in both key measures of viewers (15.4 million average for the night) and adults 18-49 (4.7/12, narrowly beating NBC’s 4.6/11).

Click here for a complete rundown of Monday night ratings follies from Variety ratings guru and Season Pass contributor Rick Kissell.

–Cynthia Littleton

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