'Dancing With the Stars' sees double-digit gains; 'Skating with the Stars' falls on $#@% by night's end

Bully for CBS: Despite intense interest in the second-to-last episode of Dancing With the Stars, CBS took Monday in the all-important adults 18-49 demographic. The network posted a 3.5 rating/10 share, with How I Met Your Mother earning a 3.5/10 and 8.9 million, followed by Rules of Engagement (2.9/8, 8.1 million), Two and a Half Men (4.5/12, 14.3 million), Mike & Molly (up 8 percent to a 4.0/10, 12.9 million), and Hawaii Five-O (3.2/9, 12 million).

Each 18-49 ratings point equals 1.3 million viewers. CBS was second for the night in viewers with 11.4 million.

ABC, no surprise, was No. 1 in total viewers last night with 15.1 million and second in the demo (3.4/9). These numbers are approximate because Stars ran until 9:13 p.m. (Kyle, you sure were a jibbering-Jim last night), but Stars appeared to earn a 4.7/13 — up 18 percent from last week and 15 percent from its performance finale last fall. The show averaged 22.5 million from 8 to 9 p.m. The news is not as good for the premiere of Skating With The Stars: It posted a 2.7/7 — down 7 percent versus the Nov. 3, 2009 telecast of Find My Family. It declined in every half hour over the course of its telecast, starting with a 19.4 million (again, that super Stars lead-in) to just 6 million by 10:30 p.m. But hey, the show’s young and the stars are, um, not so starry! The franchise has potential; if only they’d lose the color commentary and have Len Goodman school Dick Button on how to be a great senior — and sassy — judge.

Fox was third for the night in the demo (2.6/7) and viewers (7.4 million). House earned a 3.4/9 and 9.2 million, while Lie to Me posted a 1.8/5 and 5.7 million. NBC was fourth in 18-49 (1.6/4) and viewers (5.1 million), with Chuck earning a  1.7/4 (hate to rub it in but that was its lowest-rated episode ever) and 4.7 million, followed by The Event (1.7/4, 5.1 million), and Chase (1.4/4, 5.2 million).

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  • Jamaaliver

    The Event, as well as big time serialized dramas on network TV, appears to be doomed. We’re destined for more police procedurals, hosptial dramas and reality TV shows.

    And so continues the decline of network TV…

  • joblo

    Skating with the Stars will bust. I remember this being tried before years ago. I think it was on Fox. But it sucked then too. Ice skating just doesn’t lend itself as well to the DWTS format.

    • Kate

      “Battle of the Blades” does will here in Canada but it is pro hockey players teamed with figure skaters.

      • Robin

        Now that sounds hilarious and fun! “Dancing with the Z-list Wannabes?” Not so much.

      • Trey

        Battle of the Blades also has well known skaters you’d recognize like Jame Sale and Ekaterina Gordeeva- who won last night!

    • Kiwi

      Yeah I decided to hang around and watch it, as I’m sure most people were, just to see how it was, and it soooo dull. I turned it off after about a half hour.

  • Lisa Simspon

    Bad shows bleed audience share, from week to week, or even from half hour to half hour.

  • GeeMoney

    Ice Skating is a difficult sport to learn in a few weeks. And no matter how well these “celebrities” learn to skate in a short period of time, they will still skate like crap on the ice. No one wants to watch crappy ice skating on TV.

    We are all used to seeing people like Krsti Yamaguchi skate, and she’s good. So why should we settle and watch someone who doesn’t even have a fifth of her talent?!?

    • Adam

      So true. And if they’re not going to skate good, then I at least am going to need to see some falls. But no one even fell! How boring.

  • TB

    Len doesn’t have to teach Dick anything. Dick just needs to let loose the cracks he used to make when he was skating commentator.

  • Anneka

    I feel like this show was merely designed to watch people we would rather see disappear from the pop culture lexicon possibly seriously injure themselves for our semi-twisted enjoyment.

    I really hate reality tv.

  • TicklePig

    Skating with the Stars, what a joke. Next thing will be Bowling with the Stars. Enough already.

  • Shiny

    Don’t know how many ways we can say that we hate ice skating. Not watching seems to be working, though.

  • little Annie

    Two and a Half Men gets 14.3 mil viewers? Mind. Blown.

  • Josh

    Ergh about Chuck. People really do watch crap. That 16 million would even think to stick around for that skating show is beyond me..and that they continue to watching Dancing Apes like Bristol Palin and other desperate cele-wanna bes is just ergh. When we are all out of great scripted programming, it’s really the publics fault.

    • Loni

      I agree! Poor Chuck, its just really unfortunate.

  • cici217

    Yea! Maybe now they won’t attempt another skating show.
    Boo! What if they decide to do a 2nd one and include a Palin in the mix

  • Anastasia

    First of all, there are no “Stars” on any of these ridiculous shows. I caught the last couple of minutes of the skating show last night and I thought it would never end! The host was totally obnoxious. How anyone considers any of these shows entertainment is beyond me. Network tv has really gone down hill over the last several years, and with drivel like this on, is it any wonder?

  • Deborah

    I tuned in for ten minutes…the set design was not easy on the eyes and the judges except for Button were horrid and the Emcee annoyed me

  • Alyssa

    I think I have an explanation for Chuck’s low ratings this week. At the end of last week’s Chuck, NBC advertised that the next Chuck episode would air in two weeks, meaning Nov. 29. I was surprised today when I checked my DVR to find that yesterday’s episode was new. That’s the only explanation I can think of for people NOT tuning into one of the best shows on TV.

  • lorib

    SWTS is a joke.

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