'Dancing,' 'Heroes,' 'CSI' in three-way tie Mon.


NEW YORK -- Three shows on three networks tied for the lead Monday night in the adults 18-49 demographic, narrowly edging out the one-hour finale of "The King of Queens" that was in second place by a tenth of a rating point.

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" (19.3 million, 5.2 rating/14 share in adults 18-49) was the night's winner in viewership but had plenty of competition in the demo. NBC's "Heroes" (11.4 million, 5.2/13) and CBS' "CSI: Miami" (16.4 million, 5.2/14) were right up there with "Dancing" and the one-hour finale of "The King of Queens" (13.5 million, 5.1/12) was hot on its heels.

"Dancing" jumped from 16.9 million viewers to 21.2 million between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and "Dancing" topped out at 5.7/14 in adults 18-49, ahead of everything else between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. "King of Queens" spiked from 11.7 million viewers at 9 p.m. to 15.3 million for its last half hour, also topping out at a 5.7/14 in the demo.

"Heroes" (11.4 million, 5.2/13) won the overall 9 p.m. hour in the demo despite the competition, and was up slightly week-to-week. Fox's "24" (10.4 million, 3.8/9) dropped to a low for Mondays in viewership and adults 18-49.

ABC's "The Bachelor: An Officer and a Gentleman" (10.9 milion, 4.0/11) was ahead of NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (7.4 million, 2.9/8).

Nightly averages: ABC (15.1 million, 4.6/12); CBS (13 million, 3.6/10); NBC (9.2 million, 3.6/10); Fox (8.8 million, 3.2/9); and The CW (2.5 million, 1.1/3).