Ratings: 'Dancing' is unstoppable, 'Enemy' falls

Perhaps enticed by the notion of witnessing some never-before-performed dance routines — like (GASP) the jitterbug! — a whopping 18.6 million viewers tuned into ABC’s Dancing with the Stars last night, according to preliminary overnight ratings; that’s about 900,000 more people than last Monday’s dance-tacular. No show even came close to matching Stars‘ numbers during the 8 p.m. hour. Over at CBS, The Big Bang Theory (9.3 mill) and How I Met Your Mother (9.4) fell pretty much in line with their performances last week, with Theory slightly down (100,000) and Mother up a bit (300,000). NBC’s Chuck grew about 12 percent from last week’s numbers to 6.7 million, with more folks possibly tuning in for Nicole Richie’s much-hyped guest stint. Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles continued to suffer with only 5.4 million viewers tuning in, and The CW’s Gossip Girl dropped 300,000 from last week, down to 3 million viewers. 

At 9 p.m., CBS’ Two and a Half Men held strong opposite Stars with 14.6 million, equal to that of last week’s episode. It’s lead-out, Worst Week, continues to lose a large chunk of Men‘s audience with this week’s episode dipping to 9.9 million. NBC’s Heroes also continues to underperform with last night’s hour only managing 8.5 million, down from the previous week by 100,000. In its second week, ABC’s Samantha Who? continued to perform well at 11 million viewers, a dip of only 6 percent from last week’s premiere. Fox’s Prison Break, meanwhile, improved on its Sarah Connor lead-in by attracting 5.8 million. Most surprising was the surge for The CW’s One Tree Hill, which hit 3.6 million, a 20 percent jump from lead-in Gossip Girl.

David Caruso and his team at CBS’ CSI: Miami once again won the 10 p.m. hour with 13.3 million viewers, up 300,000 from last week’s airing. ABC’s Boston Legal bounced back from last week’s 8.5 million, jumping to 9 million — perhaps due to viewers flocking away from NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy. The Christian Slater drama, which premiered last week to a hardly stellar 7.3 million, dropped to 5.7 million this week, a hefty 22 percent loss.

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  • kevin

    why must oth end this season!? the ratings are great.
    im so done with heroes. its gotten so dumb

  • Chris

    I wish people would watch My Own Worst Enemy. The premiere was uneven, but the 2nd show was much better and I think this show has alot of potential. I hope NBC gives it a chance to gain an audience.

  • Kara

    Last week’s episode of GG was not so great..so not suprised about ratings. But this week was AWESOME…gurantee there will be better ratings next week!

  • Steven

    How is the painfully horrible OTH getting more viewers than the far superior Gossip Girl. What is that about?!?

  • AJ

    Everybody watch Worst Week. It’s so funny….that Kyle Bornheimer is such a cute klutz. I’d watch him in anything!

  • Sarah

    Man, I hope My Own Worst Enemy gets better ratings next week, and that it gets a chance. I watched it not expecting much, and I was pleasantly surprised! I really enjoyed it, and I hope more people start watching before it gets yanked.

  • Andrew

    I wanted DWTS ratings to go down after they picked that HORRENDOUS cast, so they could learn a lesson!

  • Jay

    So, once again the ratings winners are absoultely worthless. What a shocker…

  • Laurie

    The second episode of My Own Worst Enemy was way better. You have a much better understanding of it since you know more about the personalities of Edward and Henry. This show has potential and more people should watch – and Christian Slater is an awesome actor.

  • Ariel

    I am just glad to see “Chuck” improve it’s ratings. So far, it’s just been brilliant. Enough for me to skip DWTS entirely since “Chuck” has been back. Thank goodness NBC gave it a full season order….now let’s just hope NBC gives both “Chuck” and “MOWE” a chance to continue to evolve as a series……

  • MaryUtah

    I can’t figure out why Sarah Chronicles is struggling – it’s a great action show that is sorely lacking on television these days. I also like My Own Worst Enemy – maybe i’m the kiss of death :p

  • ld

    NBC’s Mon night shows struggle and get canceled or moved around – see Medium. I loved Journeyman last year and I like Enemy – but it will probably be canceled and I’ll be bummed out again…

  • surfergirl577

    I’m glad OTH got a ratings boost. I love that show and I’m crossing my fingers that they get one more season.

  • Acabella

    They should pull the plug already on Prison Break it’s awful this season just awful!

  • Matt

    After a hard day of work that started before sun up and ended after sunset, DWTS was the uplifting family entertainment I truly needed and apparently millions of other families enjoyed it immensely as well.

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