ABC waltzes to Mon. win with 'Dancing'

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NEW YORK -- ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" ruled Monday's primetime although it declined slightly in viewership and adults 18-49 from last week's premiere.

Nothing else was even close between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. as "Dancing" peaked at 21.2 million viewers at 9 p.m. and a 6.3 rating/15 share in adults 18-49 at 9:30 p.m., according to estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. The two-hour "Dancing" averaged 20.1 million viewers and a 5.8/15 in the demo.

"Dancing" prevailed in the 8 p.m. hour against the only other Big Four original, Fox's "Prison Break" (8 million, 3.3/9), which was down from last week's 8.4 million and 3.5/9. It prevailed again in the 9 p.m. hour against tougher competition, NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (11.6 million, 4.2/10) in place of "Heroes" this week and Fox's "24" (11.8 million, 4.7/11) which was about even with last week (11.8 million, 4.6/11) despite battling "Deal" and "Dancing."

CBS offered up repeats all night, although the 10 p.m. repeat of "CSI: Miami" (13 million, 3.7/10) beat both the finale of "What About Brian" (7.6 million, 3.0/8) and NBC's "The Black Donnellys" (5.7 million, 2.3/6). "What About Brian" was up from last week's 6.4 million and 2.5/7 although the average is likely to decline since "Dancing" slipped into the 10 p.m. hour; "The Black Donnellys" tied its lowest adults 18-49 rating so far.

Nightly averages: ABC (16 million, 4.9/13); CBS (9.3 million, 3.0/8); NBC (9.5 million, 3.2/8); Fox (9.9 million, 4.0/10); and The CW (2.6 million, 1.2/3).
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