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).