Primetime Ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' Premiere Pushes ABC to Monday Win

Premiere slips 20% from last spring, still earns highest rating of the night
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ABC's 12th season premiere of Dancing With the
drove the network to win the ratings battle Monday night with an
overall 4.5 rating/13 share in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen overnight
ratings. The live 2-hour show drew in a total of over 22 million viewers, and was also
the highest rated of the night, earning a 5.1 rating, though it dropped 20% from
last spring's March premiere. Castle jumped 18% from last week to a 3.3.

CBS scored an overall
2.8/8; How I Met Your Mother dipped
15% from last week, earning a 2.9, while Mad
gained 10% back from its drop last week to a 2.3.Mike & Molly slipped
12% from its last new episode in February to a 3.0. Hawaii Five-0 increased 4% to

Fox came in third
with a 2.6/7, though neither program showed an increase. House dropped 3% to a 3.4, while The Chicago Code earned a 1.9, down from last week.

NBC earned a 1.4/4 rating, faring no better than last week's
series-low sweep. Chuck slipped an even
further 6% to earn a new series low of 1.5; Harry's
joined its ranks with a 1.7. The Event remained at its current 1.2 rating.

The CW rounded out the evening with a 0.2/1 in a night of repeats.