'Dancing' feat is primetime domination


NEW YORK -- ABC ran away with Monday's primetime thanks to "Dancing With the Stars."

"Dancing" averaged 18.7 million viewers and a 4.9 rating/13 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. That was about even compared with last week (18.8 million, 4.8/13), and "Dancing" was still dominant in both key measures during each of its half-hours from 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. It reached a peak at 9 p.m. with 19.6 million viewers and a 5.4/13 in the demo.

An hour later, "CSI: Miami" (15.2 million, 4.7/12) dominated at 10 p.m., though it hit a season low in viewers and tied for the lowest ratings in adults 18-49 with last week. But "The King of Queens" (12.3 million, 4.5/11) gave a winning performance, outdistancing everything between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. including "24" and the first half-hour of "The Bachelor." It even built slightly on its lead-in of "Two and a Half Men" (13 million, 4.4/11) in adults 18-49.

Fox saw low ratings with a new episode of "Drive" (5.6 million, 2.3/6), while "24" (11.1 million, 4.3/10) was virtually even with last week (11.4 million, 4.4/11).

The same couldn't be said for "Thank God You're Here" (6.9 million, 2.9/7), which was down significantly from last week (8.2 million, 3.6/9) and didn't hold much of the viewership of "Deal or No Deal" (11 million, 3.2/9). A special one-hour "Dateline: NBC" on the Virginia Tech shootings was lightly watched in third place during the hour with 6.4 million viewers and a 2.5/7 in the demographic.

Nightly averages: ABC (13.9 million, 4.2/11); CBS (11.5 million, 3.9/10); Fox (8.4 million, 3.3/8); NBC (8.1 million, 2.9/8); and the CW (1.9 million, 0.8/2).