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Ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' wins again (big surprise)

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Despite last night’s horrendous hip-hop routine (How did I not notice during all my ‘N Sync-fan years that Lance Bass has atrocious rhythm?), ABC’s Dancing with the Stars once again won the night, according to preliminary overnight ratings. Stars averaged a strong 18.8 million viewers for the 8-9:30 p.m. slot, besting pretty much anything in its path and posting a boost of 200,000 viewers from last week’s numbers.

Elsewhere, CBS reruns of Big Bang Theory (8 million) and How I Met Your Mother (7.3 million) dipped 14 percent and 22 percent respectively – not surprising since they were repeats. On NBC, Chuck dipped a bit from last week’s 6.7 million down to 6.5 million, while Chuck creator Josh Schwartz’s other 8 p.m. series, Gossip Girl, drew the same audience as the week before with 3 million fans. Fox saw a Monday ratings boost from its usual airings of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Prison Break with coverage of the World Series. Although the 8 p.m. pregame show drew a soft 6.9 million viewers, the 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia/Tampa Bay game itself attracted a solid 11.1 million viewers for the 8:30-10 p.m. time period (overnight ratings were not available for Fox after 10 p.m.).

At 9 p.m., NBC series (and this week’s EW cover subject) Heroes continued to underperform with only 8.2 million viewers, a dip of 300,000 viewers from last week. The CW’s One Tree Hill
and its bizarrely loyal audience once again showed up for the soapy
series to the tune of 3.2 million viewers, a drop of about 11 percent percent from
last week, but still showing growth from its GG lead-in. CBS’ Two and a Half Men
aired a repeat that managed to lure 11.7 million eyes (last week’s new episode attracted 14.6 million).
At 9:30 p.m., the Eye tried something new and replaced Worst Week with a rerun of Gary Unmarried, which averaged 8.6 million viewers, an 11 percent bump from the 7.8 million who tuned in for its previous Wednesday airing. (Could Unmarried soon be getting Week’s time slot?) And finally, ABC’s Samantha Who? continued to perform strongly at 9:30 p.m. with 11.4 million viewers, a growth of 400,000 from last week.

At 10 p.m., a repeat of CSI: Miami managed to beat new episodes of both ABC’s Boston Legal and NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy with 10.4 million viewers. Legal grew slightly from last week’s 9 million viewers to 9.1 million while Enemy continued to drop with only 5.3 million viewers tuning in, down about 7 percent from last week.

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At 9 p.m., NBC series (and this week’s EW cover subject) Heroes continued to underperform with only 8.2 million viewers, a dip of 300,000 viewers from last week. The CW’s One Tree Hilland its bizarrely loyal audience once again showed up for the soapyseries to the tune of 3.2 million viewers, a drop of about 11 percent percent fromlast week, but still showing growth from its GG lead-in. CBS’ Two and a Half Menaired a repeat that managed to lure 11.7 million eyes (last week’s new episode attracted 14.6 million).At 9:30 p.m., the Eye tried something new and replaced Worst Week with a rerun of Gary Unmarried, which averaged 8.6 million viewers, an 11 percent bump from the 7.8 million who tuned in for its previous Wednesday airing. (Could Unmarried soon be getting Week’s time slot?) And finally, ABC’s Samantha Who? continued to perform strongly at 9:30 p.m. with 11.4 million viewers, a growth of 400,000 from last week.

At 10 p.m., a repeat of CSI: Miami managed to beat new episodes of both ABC’s Boston Legal and NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy with 10.4 million viewers. Legal grew slightly from last week’s 9 million viewers to 9.1 million while Enemy continued to drop with only 5.3 million viewers tuning in, down about 7 percent from last week.

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Originally posted October 28 2008 — 7:06 PM EDT

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