'Dancing' delivers for ABC Monday night


NEW YORK -- The "Dancing with the Stars" semifinals skipped ABC to a big win in Monday night's primetime.

"Dancing with the Stars" averaged 23.1 million viewers and a 5.6 rating/14 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. It was up from last week's 5.2/13 not to mention 21.8 million viewers.

That overshadowed everything else in primetime, including NBC's "Chuck" ( 8.3 million, 3.1/8), which was slightly up week to week; CBS's "How I Met Your Mother" (8.5 million, 3.4/9), also up slightly; and CBS's "Big Bang Theory" (8 million, 3.0/7) was in repeats that stopped the show's recent momentum. Fox's "House" (7 million, 2.6/7) was in repeats too.

ABC's "Samantha Who" (15.4 million, 4.8/11) continued to stake its claim, up over last week (13.7 million, 4.3/10). CBS's "Two and a Half Men" (14.4 million, 5.1 /12) was up slightly and "Rules of Engagement" (12.2 million, 4.3/10) was even with last week. NBC's "Heroes" (10.7 million, 5.0/11) was down from last week's 5.2/12 in the demo while Fox's "K-Ville" (4.7 million, 1.3/3) was down.

CBS won at 10 p.m. with "CSI: Miami" (16.2 million, 4.9/12), which was up week to week as well as prevailing over ABC's "The Bachelor" (11.6 million, 4.3/11) and NBC's "Journeyman" (5.7 million, 2.3/6) that fell below last week's rating. "CSI: Miami" tied its highest rating of the season.

The top network by far was ABC (18 million, 5.0/12), which came out ahead in viewership and adults 18-49 against CBS ( 12.6 million, 4.3/10); NBC (8.1 million, 3.5/8); Fox (5.8 million, 3.5/8); and The CW (5.8 million, 0.8/2).