Ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' wins again (big surprise)

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Despite last night’s horrendous hip-hop routine (How did I not notice during all my ‘N Sync-fan years that Lance Bass has atrocious rhythm?), ABC’s Dancing with the Stars once again won the night, according to preliminary overnight ratings. Stars averaged a strong 18.8 million viewers for the 8-9:30 p.m. slot, besting pretty much anything in its path and posting a boost of 200,000 viewers from last week’s numbers.

Elsewhere, CBS reruns of Big Bang Theory (8 million) and How I Met Your Mother (7.3 million) dipped 14 percent and 22 percent respectively — not surprising since they were repeats. On NBC, Chuck dipped a bit from last week’s 6.7 million down to 6.5 million, while Chuck creator Josh Schwartz’s other 8 p.m. series, Gossip Girl, drew the same audience as the week before with 3 million fans. Fox saw a Monday ratings boost from its usual airings of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Prison Break with coverage of the World Series. Although the 8 p.m. pregame show drew a soft 6.9 million viewers, the 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia/Tampa Bay game itself attracted a solid 11.1 million viewers for the 8:30-10 p.m. time period (overnight ratings were not available for Fox after 10 p.m.).

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At 9 p.m., NBC series (and this week’s EW cover subject) Heroes continued to underperform with only 8.2 million viewers, a dip of 300,000 viewers from last week. The CW’s One Tree Hill
and its bizarrely loyal audience once again showed up for the soapy
series to the tune of 3.2 million viewers, a drop of about 11 percent percent from
last week, but still showing growth from its GG lead-in. CBS’ Two and a Half Men
aired a repeat that managed to lure 11.7 million eyes (last week’s new episode attracted 14.6 million).
At 9:30 p.m., the Eye tried something new and replaced Worst Week with a rerun of Gary Unmarried, which averaged 8.6 million viewers, an 11 percent bump from the 7.8 million who tuned in for its previous Wednesday airing. (Could Unmarried soon be getting Week‘s time slot?) And finally, ABC’s Samantha Who? continued to perform strongly at 9:30 p.m. with 11.4 million viewers, a growth of 400,000 from last week.

At 10 p.m., a repeat of CSI: Miami managed to beat new episodes of both ABC’s Boston Legal and NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy with 10.4 million viewers. Legal grew slightly from last week’s 9 million viewers to 9.1 million while Enemy continued to drop with only 5.3 million viewers tuning in, down about 7 percent from last week.

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At 9 p.m., NBC series (and this week’s EW cover subject) Heroes continued to underperform with only 8.2 million viewers, a dip of 300,000 viewers from last week. The CW’s One Tree Hilland its bizarrely loyal audience once again showed up for the soapyseries to the tune of 3.2 million viewers, a drop of about 11 percent percent fromlast week, but still showing growth from its GG lead-in. CBS’ Two and a Half Menaired a repeat that managed to lure 11.7 million eyes (last week’s new episode attracted 14.6 million).At 9:30 p.m., the Eye tried something new and replaced Worst Week with a rerun of Gary Unmarried, which averaged 8.6 million viewers, an 11 percent bump from the 7.8 million who tuned in for its previous Wednesday airing. (Could Unmarried soon be getting Week‘s time slot?) And finally, ABC’s Samantha Who? continued to perform strongly at 9:30 p.m. with 11.4 million viewers, a growth of 400,000 from last week.

At 10 p.m., a repeat of CSI: Miami managed to beat new episodes of both ABC’s Boston Legal and NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy with 10.4 million viewers. Legal grew slightly from last week’s 9 million viewers to 9.1 million while Enemy continued to drop with only 5.3 million viewers tuning in, down about 7 percent from last week.

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  • Zet

    Does this mean I should stop watching My Own Worst Enemy? It’s not a perfect show, but we keep pulling for it. But if they’re going to cancel because of low ratings, or worse yet, burn off the remaining eps, then cancel it, I’m not watching. I’m still steamed over Journeyman and The Watcher.

  • Emma

    yay, I’m the first comment. One Tree Hill rocks and therefore its having a loyal following is only natural. I love you, Sophia Bush!

  • Amanda

    They really need to move Chuck to a different time slot, I love it but its getting crushed every week and its up again GG and HIMYM two other shows I really like

  • Andrew

    Soon people will get tired of this season and the ratings will drop.

  • MP

    I really like My Own Worst Enemy so I hope they give it a chance.

  • Matt

    I love Dancing With The Stars and 2 1/2 Men but my favorite show of all is Pushing Daises. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get high ratings like those two and could be cancelled by the end of the season. Still, I’m going to watch every episode until or if it happens because it is just that rare gem of a show that has tremendous talent, great chemistry, and is so well written. It is amazing that a team of scribes and cast members can deliver such high quality work every single week. It may not be a top ten show but that’s America’s loss, not mine.

  • Robert Taylor

    I’m sorry, why are the viewers of “One Tree Hill” “bizarrely loyal”? You want to talk a bizarrely loyal fanbase, Tim? Try “CSI: Miami.” Try “Dancing With The Stars.” Try “Prison Break.” I guarentee that a single hour of “One Tree Hill” has more entertainment value than any of those shows. Are you afraid to poke fun at the higher rated shows? That’s low, my friend.

  • Amy

    only 2.5 months left now until idol comes back and hopefully kills everything else on tv (yeah, im a fan, i have seen some audition clips from the new idol and i already know what (who) everyone is gonna be talking about (again) in january hehe).

  • T

    Come on people, watch Chuck! It’s SO good!

  • Charles

    Seriously people, watch Chuck. Chuck would kick the crap out of the nerds on Big Bang Theory. Hands down.

  • Amy

    Chuck is fantastic and it’s a real shame more people aren’t watching it. NBC needs to consider moving it to a new night so it can have a better chance to be seen.

  • Apres Ski

    Problem with Own Worst Enemy is they should have had more of the action stuff with Edward to secure its time slot before the breakdown of Henry/Edward. But I do like watching Slater.

  • Apres Ski

    With so many good shows on like Daisies, my VCR is busy taping . . . I mean both my VCRs are taping. Whatever I miss, I watch online. Chuck is quite good but I don’t know if its as good as HIMYM . . . I think it’s a tie!!
    (Don’t hurt me, please, I bruise easy!!)

  • Jen80

    Dang it, I really like My Own Worst Enemy. I hope the network will give it a chance. People forget so easily that a lot of shows (like Seinfeld and Will & Grace) took up to 3 seasons before their ratings took off. Give it a chance, people! It’s a great, fast, action-packed, pyschological mindbending hour of TV!

  • Catalina6

    Really liked the first episode of ‘My Own Worst Enemy’. It’s probably very expensive to produce, compared to a sitcom, so they may not be able to afford to let it find its audience. Slater rocks. The casting of supporting actors is especially fine, don’t you think? (Also like that Henry, the fake cover persona, is so much nicer than Edward the real agent).

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