'Dancing With the Stars' Dips, 'Chuck' Hits Ratings Low

Fox's "The Chicago Code" and ABC's "Castle" improve; CBS' lineup sets series lows.

Networks may have been having the case of the Mondays.

ABC won the night in the key demographic with a two-hour Dancing With the Stars (20.2 million total viewers, 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic) and top-rated scripted telecast Castle (12.6 million, 3.1) at 10 p.m. Even though DWTS was down 9 percent, it still maintained a strong hold over its competitors, ranking as the highest-rated program of the night.

Fox placed a distant second, with House (7.8 million, 2.9) flat from its previous original and freshman drama The Chicago Code (5.7 million, 1.7) up 6 percent. Fox just renewed House for an eighth season, after talks between the studio and network were prolonged; the fate of Code, however, is up in the air.

Elsewhere, programs sank or tied series lows. CBS’ entire lineup -- save for a rerun of Two and a Half Men — dropped: How I Met Your Mother (6.4 million, 2.5) tied a low, and rookie comedy Mad Love (5.1 million, 1.8), Mike & Molly (7.5 million, 2.2) and Hawaii Five-0 (9.2 million, 2.3) set new series lows.

But the Tiffany network wasn’t the only one feeling the grind. NBC’s struggling dramas Chuck (4.1 million, 1.3) and The Event (3.8 million, 1.1) hit lows, and a revamped Law & Order: LA (5 million, 1.2) dipped 14 percent.

The CW’s 90210 (1.5 million, 0.7) and Gossip Girl (1.2 million, 0.6), returning in the fall, were both down a tick.

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