ABC ran away with Monday's prime-time ratings crown thanks to Dancing With the Stars.
Dancing averaged 18.7 million viewers and a 4.9 rating/13 share in adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. That was about even with last week (18.8 million, 4.8/13). It reached a peak at 9 p.m. with 19.6 million viewers and a 5.4/13 in the demo.
An hour later, CSI: Miami (15.2 million, 4.7/12) dominated at 10 p.m., though it hit a season low in viewers and tied for the lowest ratings in adults 18 to 49 with last week. But The King of Queens (12.3 million, 4.5/11) outdistanced everything between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., including 24 and the first half hour of The Bachelor. It even built slightly on its lead-in of Two and a Half Men (13 million, 4.4/11) in adults 18 to 49.
Fox saw low ratings with a new episode of Drive (5.6 million, 2.3/6), while 24 (11.1 million, 4.3/10) was virtually even with last week (11.4 million, 4.4/11).
The same couldn't be said for NBC's Thank God You're Here (6.9 million, 2.9/7), which was down significantly from last week (8.2 million, 3.6/9) and didn't hold much of the viewership of Deal or No Deal (11 million, 3.2/9). A special one-hour Dateline: NBC on the Virginia Tech shootings was lightly watched in third place during the hour, with 6.4 million viewers and a 2.5/7 in the demographic.
Nightly averages: ABC (13.9 million, 4.2/11); CBS (11.5 million, 3.9/10); Fox (8.4 million, 3.3/8); NBC (8.1 million, 2.9/8); and the CW (1.9 million, 0.8/2).