'Dancing' is ABC's hero Mon. night

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NEW YORK -- NBC's freshman drama returned to the schedule for a less than "Heroes" welcome and didn't help "The Real Wedding Crashers," while "Dancing With the Stars" helped ABC skip to a primetime victory Monday in viewership and adults 18-49.

"Heroes," one of the networks' few new hits this season, had been seven weeks off the air and down significantly in viewership and the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. "Heroes" (12 million, 5.3 rating/13 share in adults 18-49) was down from its season average (14.8 million, 6.6/15) as well as its last original episode March 5 (14.9 million, 6.6/15). "Heroes" was still the night's top show in adults 18-49.

It wasn't alone: CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Two and a Half Men" dropped to their lowest demo ratings of the season, and Fox's "24" fell to its lowest ratings ever for a Monday.

Meanwhile, "Dancing" (18.7 million, 4.9/13) was down slightly from last week (18.9 million, 5.1/13). "Dancing" was the night's top show in viewership and beat "Heroes" head-to-head at 9 p.m. NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (10.8 million, 3.3/10) was down 27% from its previous season average at 8 p.m. (4.5/12). "Old Christine" (6.9 million, 2.4/7) and "Men" (12.2 million, 3.9/10) also were at their lowest in adults 18-49 so far this season.

"The Bachelor" (9.5 million, 3.4/9) was about even with last week (9 million, 3.5/9), while CBS' "The King of Queens" (12.5 million, 4.1/10) was the highest-rated CBS comedy of the night but still on the decline so far this season.

Fox hit bumps on the road, too, with "Drive" (4.6 million, 1.8/5) falling even further than last week (5.6 million, 2.3/6) and "24" (10.3 million, 3.9/9) falling to a low for airing on a Monday.

The 10 p.m. hour went to "CSI: Miami" (16.7 million, 5.1/14) ahead of NBC's "Medium" (7 million, 3.1/8) and the last hour of "The Bachelor."

Nightly averages: ABC (14.1 million, 4.1/11); CBS (11.9 million, 3.8/10); NBC (10 million, 3.9/10); Fox (7.4 million, 2.8/8); and the CW (2.6 million, 1.2/3).
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