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April 21, 2009

ABC wins night: 'Dancing,' 'Castle' halt declines

UPDATE: In the nationals, NBC's numbers shifted with Chuck climbing slightly and Heroes and Medium declining a bit. ABC's Suburbia and Castle also went down a notch.

PREVIOUS: After sliding in the ratings its first six weeks back on the air, ABC's Dancing With the Stars (20.3 million viewers, 4.7 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) halted its descent Monday evening and bounced up a tenth among adult viewers. The effect was seen across the board on the network, with new comedy Surviving Suburbia (10.9 million, 2.6) holding steady and freshman detective drama Castle (8.4 million, 2.2) rising 16%.

ABC won the night. CBS was in second place airing mostly repeats. The CBS mix included an original Rules of Engagement (10.6 million, 3.8) at 9:30 p.m., getting almost the same rating as when it enjoys an original lead in, followed by a special repeat airing of The Mentalist (9.4 million, 2.5) in the usual CSI: Miami slot.

Fox was third with another special airing of Bones (8.4 million, 2.5). This is the third night Fox has telecast a Bones original this past week. Is the network going to try the show in every 8 p.m. time period? The procedural matched its Thursday episode, but its Wednesday edition ranked the highest. Down 11%, 24 (10.3 million, 3.2) missed its House lead in.

NBC mostly held on to last week's ratings gains in the case of Chuck (6 million, 2.3) and Medium (7.4 million, 2.6), but Heroes (6.4 million, 3.0) fell a few tenths. 

On the CW, Gossip Girl (2.4 million, 1.2) and One Tree Hill (2.4 million, 1.2) returned after a couple weeks of repeats down a tenth in the adult demo from their prior originals.


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