Vikings-Packers game freezes out networks

Only ABC had gains in 18-49 on Monday night

Update: Vikings vs. Packers makes cable ratings history

The big Minnesota-Green Bay football game on ESPN undoubtedly hurt the broadcast networks Monday night, with Fox, NBC and CBS posting week-to-week declines.

Only ABC's lineup "Dancing With the Stars" (4.0 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 17.8 million viewers overall) and "Castle" (3.0 rating/11.6 million) showed gains in the adults 18-49 demographic (8% for "Dancing" and a whopping 36% for "Castle") in Nielsen's fast nationals, but those numbers were inflated by the pre-emption of the network's regular programming for the NFL game in Milwaukee and Minneapolis, so ABC's averages are expected to go down when the final ratings are released Tuesday afternoon.

There was a promising sign for Fox's sophomore drama "Lie to Me,"which was off to a soft start last week.

Despite its lead-in "House" (5.1/13, 13.1 million) shedding 12% in the 18-49 demo, "Lie" held steady (3.0/7, 8.1 million), with a minimal (3%) uptick in the adult demo.

There was no good news for NBC's big-budget new drama "Trauma" (1.8/8, 5.5 million) which made a 18% dive in its second outing. It's lead-in, "Heroes" (2.3/6, 5.4 million) was off by 8%.

"Trauma's" descent led to a matching 18% ratings drop-off for "The Jay Leno Show" (1.4/4, 4.3 million), which matched its lowest 18-49 result to date.

CBS' Monday series were down between 5%-15% week-to-week, with "The Big Bang Theory" (4.5/10, 12.3 million) once again building on its "Two and a Half Men" lead-in to rank as the network's top show of the night in 18-49.

For the night, Fox (4.1/10, 10.6 million) was No. 1 in adults 18-49 for a third consecutive week, followed by CBS (3.8/9, 11.1 million).
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