Dancing stomps, Castle meh

Ooooh look out American Idol! Crafty work by ABC producers has vaulted its top reality dog Dancing with the Stars to almost Idol-like proportions, easily winning the night and reinvigorating a show that had been slipping in ratings over the last few seasons.

Dancing with the Stars season eight premiere was watched by 22.7 million viewers with a 5.9 rating and 15 share in the 8-49 demo, up nine percent from last season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That's the most-watched Dancing premiere ever, which bodes well for the rest of the season as averages typically climb from each season's debut.

The bump may actually be attributed to a blessing in disguise and ABC's other reality show The Bachelor. When an injury forced Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell out of the competition, ABC replaced her at the last minute with Bachelor winner/loser Melissa Rycroft, who was the talk of TV land last week after being publicly dumped by Bachelor's bachelor Jason Mesnick. With so much public support out there for Melissa, it's probable that much of The Bachelor's huge audience tuned in to root on Melissa.

The situation also provided plenty of Mesnick bashing and jokes about Melissa's second appearance on an ABC reality show. And with her dancing background (Melissa is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader), her lack of preparation wasn't noticeable as she received the second-highest score of the night.

Unfortunately, much of Dancing's audience didn't stick around for the series premiere of Castle, a new mystery-solving show with a dollop of romance. Castle was watched by 11.6 million viewers and got a 3.3 rating/9 share, slightly disappointing given its slot behind Dancing.

Elsewhere, Fox finished second thanks to House and 24, CBS dropped to third with Summer Glau's appearance on The Big Bang Theory (9.5 million, 3.6/10) not boosting ratings, and NBC crawled along to fourth place with series lows for both Heroes (6.6 million, 3.2/8) and Chuck (5.7 million, 2.0/5). Still sure about that "unofficial" Heroes pickup, NBC?

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Chuck, Castle, Big Bang Theory.. the best shows on TV.
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As long people will watch reality sh$@! you can't expect TV network to maintain good shows on. It's a pity that people are so dumb but what can you expect?
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I thought I had given up on police shows, but "Castle" has thoroughly charmed me. The writing is excellent and Fillion deserves to become a major star. I already love all of the characters and I hope we get a second season because I'd love to see this cast when they really get their feet under them.
I agree with the majority here that Chuck is one of the best shows on TV and it's criminal that it's losing out so badly to reality pablum. And honestly, I think Heroes is really top-notch right now as well. People really need to give it another look.
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Chuck... i only saw two eps and... yeah they are ok XO XO



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Chuck is one of the best shows on TV at the moment. It's funny, it's moving, it's original. I'm really hoping it sticks around for a third series.
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Castle was great. Hope the ratings stay solid.
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I really like Chuck, I dont watch the others. I however do not have cable so I watch the shows on NBC.com which is probably the most horrible online TV video player ever. If they want more people to watch the shows maybe they should make it so that their shows can play without stalling and skipping every 5 seconds. I really hope they don't cancel Chuck there are way to many reality shows [DWTS]. What happened to the ability to use our brain cells even when relaxing.
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Stupid stupid reality shows.
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I absolutely adored Castle!
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The only show to watch on Monday night is 24, no doubt about that. I really wish people would stop watching that dancing garbage. As long as these "reality" shows get good ratings, they will never become extinct. I turned off "Castle" after the first 15 minutes. The only good cop shows are (the recently ended) The Shield and The Closer (can't wait for the new season!)
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mmm... I can't believe people like DWTS more than Chuck or 24 or Kyle XY... Still can't believe that people like us can't do anything to keep aur favorite shows on. It's so sad to see Kyle XY leaving... it is an excellent show!!!! and then you see that the bachelor has been renewed WTH????? I just hope that the networks listen for the first time to the fans and keep the good shows on...
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WOOO HOO! Let's give a big "Attaboy!" to the reality schlock. You know what, if people stopped WATCHING that garbage, the networks would stop AIRING it.

Chuck seriously needs to be moved to another night. Competing with House is bad enough (I love House, too, but when I'm home on Monday night it's Chuck on my TV). Competing with the latest reality trash as well is going to kill it.
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please dont cancel chuchk or heroes!!! and from what ive seen of Castle so far, im intrigued. I hope it does better to get it picked up if the rest of the season turns out like the pilot.
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Hope Chuck and Heroes does better.
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I am not surprised at all!! Great News for the Dancing with the Stars Show!!
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SammyP: Bryan Fuller was not involved in the Dead Like Me movie although he is credited as a "consultant" just like he was for Dead Like Me season 2, he left the show sometime in season 1 I believe. I read somewhere though that he would reconsider joining the show if it returned to series... of course that was before he was recontracted to Heroes.
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If they counted internet viewing Chuck would get a much better rating. I don't watch it on Monday nights because I know I can watch it anytime online. I really enjoyed Castle. I hope it stays around. I skipped DWTS, and Heroes. And I had never heard of Summer Glau before TBBT. She really didn't have much to do.
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Cancelling Chuck would be a pretty bad move. Sort of like Pushing Daisies. First of it is one of NBC's strongest show right now. And second of all Heroes cannot just be cancelled either, its cancellation needs to be premeditated so they can do a proper finale. Id be content if the next volume woud be its last to be honest but then again with bryan fuller back on heroes' payroll it might be something different altogether. Speaking of Pushing Daisies however i think the long break between season 1 and season 2 is what lead to its demise. If they kept the show and aired the first 9 episodes in the spring and came back again in the winter the audiences would have still been captivated with the show like they were in the beginning. instead there was something like a 10 month hiatus and when it came back only really eager fans were like 'Yeah!' the not-so-committed fans were like 'pushing what??' Same goes for Private Practice, its ratings are good but sooooo not what they should be! If bryan fuller eads these can you please, please, PLEASE write a tv-movie to finish the show off like you did with Dead Like Me...? Or a big sceen movie, Pushing Daisies would deffinatley be seen by alot of people if the storyline is good enough!!
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I think that NBC should move chuck to a different night and finally air the listener. I saw the pilot episode last night and i was impressed! I think Heroes audiences would like it too. Or at least it would make a good lead-in for the ailing show! Chuck would work on a Wednesday after Knight Riderm or before it
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Castle, heroes, house, 24 and the 1 before last episode of kyle XY.



All were great and they better not cancel any more then the not diserved kyle XY
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I love Chuck too, by far the best show in that line up. I haven't watched Castle yet, it may be ok.
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Castle was pretty good. I hope it sticks around. Heroes on the other hand is really starting to suck bad.
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Yep I'm in 100% agree with the other posters here Chuck is my show. One of the funniest and and most engaging shows I have seen in a long time and is basically my favourite show right now. I swear NBC better not cancel it cos I don't know how much more I can take since Daisies went down.
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They better not cancel Chuck because they stuck it in an impossible time slot. >:( By far my favorite show since it started showing last year, and this season's been incredible.
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I watched Castle and Chuck, but on DVR. Both were good.
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I had to record Chuck, 24, and Big Bang Theory due to too many shows on Monday nights! I did watch Chuck and Heroes, but not live. :(
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i dont like reality, prefer chuck and his comedy, i think its probably one of the funniest shows. so it better stick around
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I'm not really into reality shows, they're not very interesting to me. Heroes already had low ratings, but I think it hit its lowest this week in part to DWTS. Heroes is a bit iffy at times but it is overally pretty good this season. Last night's episodes was one of my faovorites, actually. I hope this doesn't keep the show from being picked up for another sesason.
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I agree with the reality shows. I don't watch tv to see reality I can go outside for that. I want interesting fiction. Heroes, despite its low points is still interesting to me and can be saved if they go with more character driven storylines like "Company Man" was. Chuck is a great blend of action and comedy. Besides, I would watch anything with Adam Baldwin. The same goes with Fillion who is always great. I'm going to do like I always do and skip the reality shows and focus on things like House, Chuck, and How I Met Your Motherin that time slot and give Castle a chance in that time slot. But it is up against stiff competition with CSI Miami and Medium.
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I really don't get this whole obsession with reality television. It's just not interesting IMHO. I did watch How I Met Your Mother, Heroes, and Castle last night and enjoyed all of them. It's the first episode of Heroes I've enjoyed in quite some time actually.
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I watched about 20 minutes of Castle, nothing really impressed me. Just seemed like another generic cop show with nothing too out of the ordinary to make it interesting. I had pretty high hopes too, I love Fillion. I really hope Chuck can stick around. I started following that show from the start. About the best pilot episode I've ever seen, and has gotten nothing but better. Long live Chuck.
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I though Castle was good too
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I watched a few minutes of Dancing with the Stars because I like Chuck Wicks and Ty Murray, but I didn't stick around. I think the show is boring... though the judges are entertaining. I watched Castle and I thought it was pretty good. I hope the ratings improve so the show sticks around.
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