'Dancing,' 'Samantha' trot to Monday win


NEW YORK -- ABC came up big on another Monday night with the sitcom "Samantha Who" gliding effortlessly behind proven winner "Dancing with the Stars."

"Dancing with the Stars" was the night's top show in both key measures with 21 million viewers and a 5.0 rating/12 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday afternoon by Nielsen Media Research. It was down only slightly from week to week but still ahead of everything else, although CBS's "Two and a Half Men" (14.1 million, 5.0/11) tied it in rating if not in share.

ABC's freshman "Samantha Who" (18.3 million, 5.0/11) also tied in the demo although it would take until final ratings are released to see how the shows end up. But in any event, it was a continued strong performance from "Samantha Who," which last week scored a 4.5/10 in adults 18-49.

CBS showed improvement earlier in the evening, with "How I Met Your Mother" (8.9 million, 3.4/9) and "Big Bang Theory" (9.7 million, 3.8/9) up week-to-week and "Two and a Half Men" and "Rules of Engagement" (11 million, 4.0/9) roughly even with last week. The sitcoms reached season or series highs.

NBC's "Chuck" (7.6 million, 3.2/8) bounced back from last week's low (2.8/7) while "Heroes" (9.8 million, 4.9/11) fell below the 10-million viewer mark but was even week-to-week in adults 18-49. Fox came in fourth place with "Prison Break" (7.8 million, 3.4/8).

CBS won at 10 p.m. with "CSI: Miami" (14.1 million, 4.4/11), which was over ABC's "The Bachelor" (10.8 million, 3.9/10) and NBC's "Journeyman" (5.2 million, 2.1/6).

For the evening, ABC (17.2 million, 4.7/11) led the way in both key measures compared to CBS (12 million, 4.1/10); NBC (7.6 million, 3.4/8); Fox (7.8 million, 3.4/8); and The CW (2.1 million, 0.9/2).