ABC waltzes to Mon. win


ABC won a second consecutive Monday primetime thanks to "Dancing With the Stars," while NBC's "Heroes" and CBS' "CSI: Miami" fell from last week's premieres.

New shows "Chuck" and "Journeyman" declined.

"Dancing" was the night's top program in the key measures with 20.3 million viewers and a 5.2 rating/13 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. (Because of processing delays, final Monday numbers won't be available until today).

The two-hour "Dancing" was down from last week's 90-minute premiere (21.2 million, 5.8/15), but that didn't seem to matter as it handily beat anything else on broadcast Monday night. But it also seemed like the broadcast ratings were impacted by live sports such as the "Monday Night Football" game on ESPN and a Colorado Rockies-San Diego Padres wildcard playoff game on TBS.

"Heroes" (11.9 million, 5.5/13) dropped from last week's premiere, which posted 14.1 million viewers and a 6.5/15 in the preliminary ratings (17 million, 7.3/17 with the second Saturday airing). Even down, it was enough for "Heroes" to tie "Dancing" at 9 p.m. and pull ahead of it by a tenth of a rating point at 9:30 p.m., when audiences for both shows increased. And it was comparable with "Heroes' " performance in its second week last year in the demo.

CBS' "Two and a Half Men" (13.4 million, 4.6/11) was down slightly from last week (13.6 million, 4.8/11), while "Rules of Engagement" (10.5 million, 3.9/9) had a steeper decline (12.2 million, 4.5/10). Fox's "K-Ville" (5.5 million, 2.0/4) dropped for the third consecutive week against tough competition in the 9 p.m. hour, which included the season premieres of the CW's "Girlfriends" (2.6 million, 1.2/3) and "The Game" (3 million, 1.4/3). "Game" got its best series ratings in adults 18-34 and adults 18-49, among other demos.

"CSI: Miami" (14.9 million, 4.6/12) showed another decline atop its lowest-rated original episode, though it was still dominant at 10 p.m. NBC's "Journeyman" (8.4 million, 3.3/8) lost some from last week's premiere (9.2 million, 3.5/9). ABC's "The Bachelor" (9.6 million, 3.6/9) was up a tenth of a rating point in adults 18-49 compared with last week's 90-minute premiere.

At 8 p.m., the rest of the network shows showed week-to-week declines. NBC's "Chuck" (8.2 million, 3.1/8) didn't show an increase from last week's premiere (9.2 million, 3.6/9). Both CBS sitcoms, "How I Met Your Mother" (7.9 million, 3.0/9) and freshman "The Big Bang Theory" (8.6 million, 3.4/8), also were down week-to-week, though not steep. Fox's "Prison Break" (7.2 million, 3.0/8) was down just slightly from last week's 7.4 million viewers and a 3.1/8 in the demo.

The CW started off the night with the season opener of "Everybody Hates Chris" (2.6 million, 1.0/3), followed by the disappointing premiere of the well-received new comedy "Aliens in America" (2.3 million, 0.8/2).

ABC (16.7 million, 4.7/12) led the way in both key measures, followed by CBS (11.7 million, 4.0/10) and NBC (9.5 million, 4.0/10), which were tied for second place in adults 18-49; Fox (5.1 million, 1.7/4) and the CW (2.5 million, 1.0/2) trailed.