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On a night when sports action drew a sizable audience on a pair of networks and CBS aired repeats of its hot lineup, ABC prevailed among young adults behind its hoofing hit “Dancing With the Stars.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Dancing With the Stars” (4.1 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 18.8 million viewers overall) was in line with its recent performances to rank first among the broadcast networks from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The net then fell off from there, though, with “Samantha Who” (a projected 2.8/6 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) and “Boston Legal” (a projected 2.2/6 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall).

Fox’s coverage of Game 5 of the World Series averaged a 4.0 rating in 18-49 and 13.2 million viewers overall from 8:30 to 10:45 p.m., according to time zone-adjusted Nielsens, with action halted midway through the sixth inning due to a heavy downpour in Philadelphia. The resumption of the game was on tap for Wednesday night since more bad weather was expected Tuesday night.

CBS had a solid night even in repeats, starting with “The Big Bang Theory” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) and “How I Met Your Mother” (3.0/7 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and continuing at 9 o’clock with “Two and a Half Men” (3.8/9 in 18-49, 11.7 million viewers overall). A special 9:30 p.m. repeat of first-year Wednesday comedy “Gary Unmarried” delivered the show’s best numbers to date (2.9/7 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall), and “CSI: Miami” (2.9/7 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall) easily beat its firstrun drama competition at 10.

At NBC, “Chuck” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) and “Heroes” (3.9/9 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) were in line with their previous week’s scores, but “My Own Worst Enemy” again was on the decline at 10 o’clock (2.3/6 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall).

CW’s Monday continues to see significant gains vs. last season, with “Gossip Girl” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) and “One Tree Hill” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) combining to rank No. 1 for the night among females 12-34.

Early numbers weren’t available for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” contest between the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts, but it is expected to be the night’s top-rated program among adults 18-49.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 3.4/8; CBS, 3.1/8; Fox, 3.0/7; NBC, 2.9/7; Univision, 1.8/4; CW, 1.6/4.

In total viewers: ABC, 14.3 million; Fox, 10.0 million; CBS, 9.4 million; NBC, 6.6 million; Univision, 4.5 million; CW, 3.1 million.