ABC's 'Stars' shine as NBC series slip slightly


NEW YORK -- ABC kept stomping through Monday’s primetime as “Dancing with the Stars” won handily while NBC’s “Chuck” and “Journeyman” slipped a bit.

“Dancing with the Stars” averaged 19.3 million viewers and a 4.9 rating/12 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. “Dancing” dominated between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., although it was down week-to-week. “Heroes” (10.7 million, 5.0/11) also fell week-to-week but it was enough to win the night in adults 18-49 by a tenth of a point.

Also down week-to-week was 10 p.m. time period winner “CSI: Miami” (14.1 million, 4.3/11), although it was enough to beat both “The Bachelor” (9.9 million, 3.3/8) and NBC’s “Journeyman” (6.9 million, 3.0/7). “Journeyman” was down from last week (8.2 million, 3.2/8) while “The Bachelor” was up in viewership (8.8 million, 3.4/9).

Like Sunday night, football and baseball took away an untold number of viewers, particularly in the male demos. ESPN had a thrilling Monday night matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys that was decided in the last minute as well as TBS’s coverage of the fourth and final game of the ALDS between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians.

NBC’s “Chuck” (7.1 million, 2.6/7) was down week-to-week, while Fox’s “Prison Break” (7.2 million, 3.0/8) was essentially flat. CBS saw slight increases with “How I Met Your Mother” (8 million, 3.2/9) and “Big Bang Theory” (8.4 million, 3.4/8). The CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris” (2.6 million, 1.1/3) was up slightly but “Aliens in America” (2.1 million, 0.8/2) stayed steady and lost part of its lead-in.

CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” (13 million, 4.4/10) was down slightly from last week while “Rules of Engagement” (10.7 million, 3.8/9) was up slightly. Fox’s drama “K-Ville” (5.4 million, 2.0/5) was about even with last week.

For the night, ABC (14.6 million, 4.1/10) led in all major categories followed by CBS (11.4 million, 3.9/10); NBC (8.3 million, 3.5/9); Fox (6.3 million, 2.5/6); and The CW (2.5 million, 1.1/3).