CBS comedies Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother actually managed to tango a bit with ratings titan Dancing with the Stars Monday night. Bang hit its highest audience of all-time last night with 10.2 million viewers, according to preliminary overnight ratings, while Mother rose to a season best at 10 million, topping last week’s 9.8 million. The milestones are particularly impressive since the two shows were up against ABC juggernaut Dancing With the Stars, which certainly did not disappoint in terms of its own ratings. A whopping 21.3 million fans
tuned in to see the final three hit the floor in the penultimate episode of Dancing, 600,000 more than last
week’s episode. The dance fest’s big ratings also boosted Samantha Who? at 9:30 with 11.9 million, a nice uptick from last week’s 11.1 million. And Boston Legal closed out ABC’s evening at 10 p.m. with 8.7 million, a slight 200,000 increase uptick from last week.
Meanwhile, CBS’ 9 p.m. saw Two and a Half Men draw 14.9 million viewers, down slightly from last week’s 15.2 million. And at 9:30, Worst Week shot to its highest ratings since its premiere with 10.4 million eyes.
Over at NBC, Chuck performed about in line with last week’s numbers, with 6.7 million viewers. At 9 p.m., Heroes averaged 7.9 million, a 4 percent increase from last week’s airing but still hardly a return to its ratings glory. And at 10 p.m., another disastrous performance from My Own Worst Enemy, which attracted a paltry 4.3 million.
Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles saw a deep decline in ratings with only 4.6 million viewers this week, a 13 percent drop from last week. Prison Break also fell 600,000 this week to 5.3 million viewers.
With no new Gossip Girl last night, The CW made it a One Tree Hill evening. Unfortunately, it appears that OTH needs the GG lead-in.: At 8 p.m., an OTH rerun only garnered 1.4 million viewers while a new episode at 9 hardly did much better with 2.2 million viewers.