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UPDATED: ESPN’s Monday Night Football drew the biggest cable program audience of the year, so perhaps it’s no surprise that a few broadcast shows dropped to new lows.
The Dallas vs. Giants game pulled 18 million viewers — the fourth most-watched cable telecast in history. As it has each week of the season, Monday Night Football led all programs on broadcast and cable.
But NBC’s The Event (6 million, 2.0) resumed its downhill march, dropping 9%. Rival Lie to Me (4.3 million, 1.6) on Fox, lacking an original House lead-in this week, fell to an all-time in-season low. At 10 p.m., NBC’s Chase (4.9 million, 1.3) plunged 19% to a new low — what’s NBC going to do with a full season of this?
So is ESPN’s football spike to blame?
Maybe … but usually big NFL numbers hurt CBS, and last night the broadcaster was pretty stable.
Overall, ABC won the night with Dancing With the Stars (20.4 million, 4.2) up at least 5%, followed by an inflated-by-overrun Castle (11.3 million, 3.0).
CBS was second with How I Met Your Mother (8.3 million, 3.2), Rules of Engagement (8.2 million, 3.0), Two and a Half Men (13.8 million, 4.4), Mike & Molly (10.9 million, 3.7) and Hawaii Five-0 (10.2 million, 2.8) all within a tenth of last week — except Molly, which managed to rise 6%.
NBC was third and also aired a steady Chuck (5.4 million, 1.9). The CW’s 90210 (2 million, 1.0) and Gossip Girl (1.9 million, 1.0) gave the network its most-watched Monday of the season.
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