NBC is making changes on Monday in midseason and they can’t come soon enough as the network had another dismal ratings performance last night, with none of its series crossing the 2 demo rating mark. Chuck (1.8/5, 5.5 million) came the closest, down 10% from its last original 2 weeks ago (it was preempted for Matt Lauer’s interview with George W. Bush last Monday) and tying its series low. In total viewers, it drew its largest audience since premiere week. Freshmen The Event (1.7/4) and Chase (1.2/3) were both flat, tying last week’s all-time lows. NBC (1.6/4, 5.3 million) finished a distant fourth for the night.
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (4.0/10, 20.6 million), which switched from a two-hour to a 90-minute format, was flat with last week’s season low for a performance show but will probably adjust up in the finals. With Dancing shrunk to 90 minutes, ABC ran a rerun of The Middle (2.3/6) at 9:30 PM to get additional exposure for the underrated sophomore comedy, which has been doing solid business at 8 PM on Wednesday. Castle (2.5/7) was flat with last week and currently tying its season low.
With a Middle repeat instead of original Dancing to go against at 9:30 PM, CBS’ new comedy Mike & Molly (3.8/9, 12.3 million) perked up, up 9% from last week in 18-49. Its lead-in, veteran Two and a Half Men (4.5/11, 14.1 million) was also up, by 5%, and ranked as the highest-rated program of the night in 18-49. How I Met Your Mother (3.5/10, 8.9 million) was flat while Rules of Engagement (2.9/7, 8 million) and Hawaii Five-0 (2.8/8, 10.2 million) were both down a tenth to tie their season/series low. Hawaii still won the 10 PM hour in viewers and all key demos. CBS (3.4/9, 10.6 million) won the night in 18-49 while ABC was tops in total viewers (3.2/8, 15.3 million)
Fox’s dramas rose for a second consecutive week. House (4.0/11, 10.8 million) was up 8% and hit a season high in total viewers. Lie to Me (2.0/5, 6 million) was up 11% and also drew its largest audience this season. Fox (3.0/8, 8.4 million) finished third for the night.
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