ABC dances to Monday victory

CBS suffering sitcom erosion

Ratings were down across the board Monday night, yet ABC had enough firepower with “Dancing With the Stars” and “Castle” to give the Alphabet a win in the evening’s ratings race.

With the NBA playoff game between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics taking away viewers, most every show was lower in week-to-week comparisons.

That includes a two-hour “Dancing,” which drew a 4.1 rating/11 share in the 18-49 demo, and 20.1 million overall viewers. With a new episode of “Castle” (3.1/8, 12.6m) as a lead-out, ABC cruised to an easy victory and doubled CBS in total viewers.

Fox came in second as “House” (2.9/9, 7.7m) was resilient versus basketball and flat against a week ago. And cop drama “The Chicago Code” (1.7/4, 5.7m) actually saw a minor uptick both in the demo and total viewers.

CBS took the biggest hit of the night. All of its 8-10 p.m. sitcoms were down and four of the five CBS entries hit series lows in the demo. Taking the biggest plunge was “Two and a Half Men,” which continues to suffer serious viewer erosion as it has aired nothing but repeats for several months.

With originals long gone, “Men” (1.7/5, 6.3m) was down 23% from last Monday in the demo and is providing little support for another Chuck Lorre sitcom, “Mike & Molly.” The latter scored a 2.2/5, 7.5m and is clearly hurting from having a healthy lead-in.

“How I Met Your Mother” (2.5/8, 6.3m) led off the night with rookie comedy “Mad Love” (1.8/5, 5.1m) following up. The Eye will likely be moving around some of the its comedies on either Monday or Thursday night for fall, and the network will announce those changes at next week’s upfront in Gotham.

“Hawaii Five-0” is also suffering. Compared to results earlier in the season, drama earned a weak 2.3/6, 9.1m.

NBC’s lineup featured three shows that may be gone next fall. Certainly “The Event” (1.1/3, 4.7m) is the most likely to be canceled. The skein started strongly for the Peacock, but has quickly faded following a handful of initial well-viewed telecasts.

At 8 o’clock, “Chuck” (1.3/4, 4m) has proved to be resilient in making the cut for the last few years and will be on the bubble once again. “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (1.2/3, 5m), which has been struggling since returning from an extended hiatus that included a casting change, is also seeing its life hanging in the balance.

The CW offered “90210” (0.7/2, 1.4m) and “Gossip Girl” (0.6/2, 1.1m).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 3.8/10; Fox, 2.3/6; CBS, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.4/4; NBC, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 17.6 million; CBS, 7.2 million; Fox, 6.7 million; NBC, 4.2 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 1.3 million.