'Dancing' has stamina against Mon. rivals

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NEW YORK -- "Dancing With the Stars" led ABC to another win in key measures while "CSI: Miami" helped CBS to a strong second in the adults 18-49 demographic and "Heroes" remained even with last week's disappointing return.

ABC was the night's top network in viewers (15.1 million) and the adults 18-49 demographic (4.4/12), according to preliminary data released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. "Dancing" held commanding leads in both viewership and the demo between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. as well as between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

It wasn't clear how ABC's individual shows performed because "Dancing" ran until 9:45 p.m. and "The Bachelor" was on for the remaining 75 minutes in primetime. ABC reached its peak of 20.8 million viewers and a 5.5/14 at 9 p.m. but remained at a relatively high level at 9:30 p.m. (16.1 million, 4.7/11) until falling drastically at 10 p.m. (9.5 million, 3.6/9).

The 10 p.m. ratings battle was won by "CSI: Miami" (17.2 million, 5.1/14), which prevailed over NBC's "The Real Wedding Crashers" (6 million, 2.8/8) and the last hour of "The Bachelor: An Officer and a Gentlemen" (9.5 million, 3.6/10).

"Heroes" (11.9 million, 5.4/13) was about even week to week, enough to win the hour in the demo as well as the night. But the serialized drama was still much lower than it was when it left the air earlier this year. "24" (10.8 million, 4.0/10) was slightly higher than last week (10.4 million, 3.9/9). "Two and a Half Men" (13.6 million, 4.6/12) was up over last week; "The King of Queens" (13 million, 4.6/11) was, too.

"Dancing" stepped on everything else in primetime, including CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" (7.3 million, 2.8/9) and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (7.3 million, 2.7/8) as well as NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (11.9 million, 3.6/11) and a repeat of "House" (7.2 million, 2.8/9).

Nightly averages: ABC (15.1 million, 4.4/12); CBS (12.6 million, 4.1/11); NBC (9.9 million, 3.9/11); Fox (9 million, 3.4/9); and the CW (2.3 million, 1.0/3).
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