ABC wins Monday, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ most watched for 4th week


Opposite all original competition on the evening from CBS and Fox, ABC stood as Monday’s most-watched network for the 4th week in a row (17.9 million) and also won the night for the 3rd time in 4 weeks with Adults 18-49 (4.2/12), beating out its nearest competition by 7.5 million viewers and by 17% in young adults (CBS = 10.4 million and 3.6/10).   ABC’s numbers surged over the year-ago Monday by 4.0 million viewers and by 24% in Adults 18-49 (13.9 million and 3.4/9 on 4/13/09).

Monday’s most-watched TV show overall, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars won its time period for the 4th week running in both Total Viewers (20.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (4.8/13).  DWTS led its time period by wide margins, beating out second-place CBS with its original 2-hour comedy block by 10.1 million viewers and by 26% in Adults 18-49 (How I Met Your Mother/Rules of Engagement/Two and a Half Men/The Big Bang Theory = 10.2 million and 3.8/11).
For the 4th week in a row, ABC’s Castle finished #1 series in Monday’s 10 o’clock hour among Total Viewers (13.2 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.2/9).  In fact ABC’s Castle drew a bigger audience than CBS’ CSI: Miami for their 2nd straight original match-up in the time period, and by an even wider margin.  Growing week to week, Castle drew its 2nd-largest-ever audience and posted the series’ 3rd-highest Adult 18-49 rating.  The ABC sophomore drama was up sharply over its performance on the same night last year, jumping by 5.9 million viewers and by 68% in Adults 18-49 year to year (7.3 million and 1.9/5 on 4/13/09).  

(source: ABC)