Ratings: Castle Dances Its Way to Season Highs

Dancing With the Stars may have stumbled a bit with its latest spring opener, but that didn’t keep Castle‘s soap-flavored episode from — here it comes, right down Broadway — cleaning up in the ratings department.

No, Castle dominated the 10 o’clock hour with season highs in both total viewers (with 12.7 million of ’em) and in the demos (scoring a 3.3 rating, up 18 percent from its last fresh ep).

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As for the aforementioned DWTS, it averaged 22.27 million total viewers and a 5.2 rating, which is down 6 and 18 percent, respectively, from its year ago season premiere. ABC will note, though, that the show delivered one million more viewers than with its September 2010 opener, so…. noted.

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Elsewhere this Monday:

8/7c | House placed second behind DWTS, delivering 9.3 million viewers and a 3.4 rating, down a bit week-to-week. How I Met Your Mother‘s John Lithgow visit drew shy of 8 million viewers, but was down 15 percent in the demo, to a 2.9. Chuck shed 13 percent of its audience (4.32 mil) and dipped 3 percent in the demo to a new series low of 1.5. Frown.

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9/8c | Placing third behind DWTS and CBS’ Two and a Half Men repeat/fresh Mike & Molly, The Chicago Code copped 6.3 million viewers (down 12 percent) and a 1.9 rating (on par with last week). The Event was down a smidgen, to barely 4 million viewers and a 1.2.

10/9c | Trailing Castle, Hawaii Five-0 drew 9.8 million viewers and a 2.9 rating (up 4 percent), while Harry’s Law dropped double digits to an audience of 8.2 mil and a series-low 1.6 rating.

What were you watching this Monday?