'Samantha' staying strong behind 'Dancing'


NEW YORK -- Viewers kept boosting freshman sitcom "Samantha Who?" in another outing behind ABC's powerhouse "Dancing With the Stars."

Previous shows had a tough time keeping crowds after "Dancing," but that wasn't the case with "Samantha" (15.4 million, 4.9/11), according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. "Samantha" not only retained an impressive amount of the "Dancing" audience but also improved 12% in viewership and 8% in adults 18-49 week to week. "Dancing" (21.6 million, 5.3/14) was about even in viewership but down slightly in adults 18-49.

NBC's "Chuck" (7 million, 2.7/7) and "How I Met Your Mother" (8.5 million, 3.3/9) were down slightly while "The Big Bang Theory" (8.9 million, 3.6/9) was up a tenth of a point, all in the 8 p.m. hour.

"Heroes" (10.4 million, 4.9/11) remained flat at 9 p.m. in the demo, while over at CBS, "Two and a Half Men" (14.1 million, 5.1/12) was up as was "Rules of Engagement" (11.2 million, 4.2/9).

CBS' "CSI: Miami" (15.2 million, 4.8/12) was up 9% from last week, ABC's "The Bachelor" (10.6 million, 3.8/10) jumped 15% compared with last week while NBC's sci-fi drama "Journeyman" (5.9 million, 2.4/6) stayed steady.

According to preliminary estimates, ABC (16.9 million, 4.7/12) led the way in both viewership and the adults 18-49 demo to CBS (12.2 million, 4.3/11); NBC (7.8 million, 3.3/8); Fox (4.9 million, 1.7/4); and the CW (2.3 million, 1.0/2).