ABC dominated Monday night with Dancing with the Stars and Castle. Dancing (5.1/14 in 18-49, 22.3 million in the fast-national Nielsen ratings) was flat with the fast-national ratings for its season premiere last week, as was Castle (3.3/8, 12.8 million). Because DWTS rises in the finals and Castle drops when following the reality juggernaut, vs. the final numbers last week, DWTS was down 4% and Castle was up 6%. For the night, ABC averaged a 4.5/12 in 18-49 and 19.2 million viewers.
CBS (1.9/5, 6.2 million), whose only original last night was midseason comedy Mad Love (2.1/6, 5.6 million), finished second, paced again by a Two and Half Men repeat (2.3/6, 7.6 million) as its top performer.
Spanish-language broadcaster Univision (1.7/4 in 18-49) was third for the night in the adult demo, ahead of NBC’s all-original lineup and Fox and the CW, which aired all repeats.
NBC’s special saluting President George H.W. Bush (0.9/3, 4.2 million) barely registered at 8 PM. The Event (1.2/3, 4.4 million) and Harry’s Law (1.6/4, 8.2 million) were both even with last week’s series lows in 18-49.
Note: Starting with last night’s ratings, Nielsen is now reporting duplicate viewing, meaning that if the same viewer watches a show live and then again in playback, that second viewing counts towards the program’s Live+same day rating. The same applies if a viewer rewinds and re-watches content on their DVR.