'House' lures best-ever audience this season; Jennifer Grey lights up 'Dancing with the Stars'

house-grey-sheenImage Credit: Bob D'Amico/ABC; Florian Schneider/FOX; CBSIs Jennifer Grey on her way to winning Dancing with the Stars, or will those (mature) lady viewers throw all their support behind Bristol Palin? The audience size continues to reflect the intense interest in the competition show this season: ABC won Monday in viewers (15.2 million) and key female demographics after Stars attracted 20 million during the special 90-minute telecast, according to preliminary results.

The dancing show did particularly well in the 9 p.m. half-hour among women 25-54, earning an astonishing 9.1 rating/20 share (each rating point in the demo is worth 628,200 gals). You may think they’re mostly Tea Partiers, but ABC has gotta be seeing them as money in the bank, man. In women 18-49, the show earned a 6.4/15 at 9 (each women 18-49 rating point is worth 659,700 persons, or 1 percent of the women 18-49 population of 65.97 million). Wow.

But hey, advertisers covet the adult 18-49 demo the most, so CBS retains the bragging rights on Monday. The net earned a 3.4/9 for the night, with How I Met Your Mother earning a 3.5/10 and attracting 8.8 million, followed by Rules of Engagement (2.9/7, 7.9 million), Two and a Half Men (4.5/11, 14.4 million), Mike & Molly (3.8/9, 12.2 million) and Hawaii Five-0 (2.8/8, 10.1 million). By the way, that’s a 3 percent decline in the demo for Hawaii, which also ties its series low. That means Alex O’Loughlin’s fine abs are showing some vulnerability, which is probably why NBC decided to move Parenthood against him — er, it – in March.

CBS finished the night in second place in viewers (10.6 million).

ABC was second for the night among adults 18-49 (3.2/8). The alphabet schedulers did a solid for The Middle: The under-appreciated comedy earned a nice berth after Stars, though it was just a repeat. The Patricia Heaton starrer attracted a 2.3/6 and 10 million viewers. Castle earned a 2.5/7 and 9.9 million.

Fox was third for the night in the demo (3.0/8) and viewers (8.4 million), but had some bragging rights of its own: House earned its largest audience this season (10.8 million) and also posted a 4.0/11, up 8 percent for last week. Lie to Me benefited from the sweet lead-in and earned a 2.0/5, up 11 percent versus last week. It also attracted its biggest audience this season (6 million).

NBC earned a 1.6/4 for the night in 18-49 (holy moly), with Chuck down 10 percent from its last original on Nov. 1 (1.8/5, 5.6 million). The Event scored a 1.7/4 and 5.7 million viewers (and hey, if you didn’t know, it’s relaunching in February).  And Chase got a 1.2/3 and 4.5 million. Overall, the network averaged 5.2 million on Monday.

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  • Sarah

    Glad ABC showed The Middle some love by squeezing it in after DWTS. Maybe that will give it more eyeballs on Wednesday. And Chuck, poor poor Chuck. Please tune in!

  • Meli

    Face it, NBC, but Chuck is your Arrested Development: a program every TV critic has tried to cram down the public’s throat and they steadfastly refuse to watch because you’re so intent on them watching it.

  • Frank Anderson

    So, I’m guessing we got this new format because EW didn’t want to make their bosses at Warner mad by showing how poorly the CW shows perform?

  • McProphet

    How is it that NBC cancelled Undercovers for “underperforming ratings” when Chase had about the same numbers and that show is even crappier????

    • B-

      “Chase” had a cheaper per-episode budget than “Undercovers”. Also the 18-49 rating for “Undercovers” was the lowest of any of the new NBC shows.

  • Zombie Jesus

    Let me give you all an analogoy of NBC: NBC is the doctor who decides he would rather continue defibing and resusitating a dead patient than turn his attention to the patient with the amputated leg.

    Seriously, their programming schedule is garbage, and their need to ignore solid shows like Chuck to shove visual slop down our throats(I’m looking at you The Event) is astounding.

    I mean this is the network that almost gave Heroes another season.

  • bj

    Why is Bristol on DWTS she not a star her claim to fame is mommy dearest and that she got knocked up shes not in the same league as the other dancers .I guess if you have no talent you can always cheat and win

    • Carol

      Amen to that. It was a opportunity for Sarah to keep in the limelight. She even answered Bristol’s questions.

  • P Chilton

    I blame ABC for legitimizing Bristol. The show already had strong ratings w/o going after Sara Palin’s popularity. Guess I’ll have to find something else to watch on Monday nights.

  • P Chilton

    I blame ABC for legitimizing Bristol. The show already had strong ratings w/o going after Sara Palin’s popularity. Guess I’ll have to find something else to watch on Monday nights.

  • Vickee

    I agree!! I have nothing against the Palins. Though the show is based on popularity, the decision to eliminate a contestant should also be realistic based on ability. Bristol does not deserve to be in the finals. Let’s face it. No matter how generous the judge’s comments about her improvement from the beginning, Bristol still looks awkward. You just lost another audience.

    • Carol

      Yes, Dancing with the Stars has lost their integrity with Bristol as a contestant>

      • Sharon O

        You forgot her title: ‘Teen Activist’.

  • cherie

    Really!!! This is the most riduculous outcome of all. As a dancer I refuse to watch any more of this trifle. I thought this was a dance competition..Indeed this is a political competitions with the tea party votes extended to Bristol. Sorry girl.. You have not become a Ballroom Dancer. Leave the politics to you r Mother. Dancers boycott. This is not about ballroom dancing!

  • ursula Barril

    O.K. The show will have to find a different way to weight their scoring system. When one couple is 10 points ahead and gets perfect scores and gets knocked off by someone 10 points behind almost consistently… what’s the point of practicing and improving. It isn’t even popularity contest, it’s a political contest when a contestant’s family member was a vice presidential candidate. Won’t watch the show anymore!

    • Carol

      Producers take heed of this comment!

  • ursula Barril

    O.K. The show will have to find a different way to weight their scoring system. When one couple is 10 points ahead and gets perfect scores and gets knocked off by someone consistently behind… what’s the point of practicing and improving. It isn’t even popularity contest when a contestant’s parent was a vice presidential candidate. It’s a political rally. Won’t watch the show anymore.

    • Prashant

      Hi thereMy sister is gteting married and I’m responsible for arranging the transport! She’s gteting married at Woodlands Church in Clifton and the reception is in Hotwells at Hope Chapel (which is at the top of quite a steep hill!!) so would ideally just like to hire a rickshaw between these two venues mid afternoon, please could you send me some information on prices if this is possible.Many thanksRachel

  • lorib

    I don’t think Jennifer deserves to win.She’s done nothing but whine and cry from the start.Isn’t funny how all of a sudden her knee got all better.If her knee was as bad as they say it was there’s no way she should be dancing the way she is.

  • Dee

    I won’t be watching Dancing with the Stars again!!!!!! Bristol can’t dance and should have been gone along time ago. Winning over Brandy is just wrong!!!!! If true talent doesn’t win why watch!!!!

  • ginny

    If I had been Bristal I would have turned to Brandy and said you belong here. I am getting votes because of my Mom. She easily could have done the classy thing and let Brandy take her rightful place.

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