ABC danced its way to the winning overnight Monday finish line, more than doubling No. 2 CBS (13.4 rating/21 share vs. 6.0/9). Third overall was Fox (5.3/8), followed by lagging NBC (3.9/6) and yet another night of repeats on The CW (0.5/1), according to Nielsen Media Research data.
Dancing With the Stars opened its 12th edition with a whopping 16.0 rating/24 share in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., which was comparable to one year earlier. And that translated into 24.19 million viewers and a 6.4/17 among adults 18-49.
Ignited by its lead-in, Castle won the 10 p.m. hour with an 8.3/14 in the overnights. But retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Dancing With the Stars was only 50 percent.
Minus an original installment of Two and a Half Men, CBS no doubt has lost steam on Monday. Demo favorite How I Met Your Mother, which has been renewed for two more seasons, opened with a third place 5.7/9 in the overnights at 8 p.m. That led into episode six of uneventful Mad Love (No. 3: 4.5/7 at 8:30 p.m.), followed by a repeat of aforementioned Two and a Half Men (No. 2: 6.3/9 at 9 p.m.) and original installments of Mike & Molly (No. 2: 6.5/10) and Hawaii Five-O (No. 2: 6.6/11) from 9:30-11 p.m. Worth noting (positively), Mike & Molly saw growth of 3 percent out of the Two and a Half Men encore. Less than one season into its run, Mike & Molly is beginning to stand on its own.
Fox’s House finished second in the 8 p.m. hour, with a 6.5/10 in the overnights. But facing the second half of Dancing With the Stars was costly for recent entry The Chicago Code, which dipped to a series low 4.2/6 at 9 p.m.
Elsewhere, NBC is a shambles from 8-10 p.m. care of Chuck (34; 2.9/5) and The Event (No. 4: 2.9/ 4), which did not benefit by disappearing for three months. But older-skewing Harry’s Law at 10 p.m. is still an option with a 5.9/10 in the overnights. While that finished third in the time period, it did build from the 9:30 p.m. portion of The Event (3.0/4) by a hefty 74 percent.
Last, and very least, were repeats of The CW’s 90210 (0.6/1) and Gossip Girl (0.5/1), which are both expected to return in 2011-12 despite lackluster seasons.