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?

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  1. KrisMc says:

    What a perfectly appropriate picture of Nathan Fillion. How can anyone not love that man?

  2. Anna says:

    No surprises here.

  3. katie says:

    Yaiks! More people should really start watching CHUCK live if they want it to make it to a fifth season… Depressing numbers, is all I can say as a Chuck fan..

  4. Breck says:

    I love CHUCK, but it’s on at the worst possible time…Every week it has to go against House and whatever American Idol/DWTS reality show crap…..NBC needs to market it better and move it to a night/time that works better

  5. Matt says:

    What’s with the picture of Jason Bateman?

  6. Stephanie says:

    I agree that CHUCK would probably do better in a different day/timeslot. I expected the ratings to be low (thanks to the return of DwtS) but I didn’t think they’d be quite that low. I’m taking comfort in the fact that everything in the 8 o’clock hours seems to have been down.

  7. Mikaylah says:

    Thank you TV gods for having other shows on besides DWTS and other reality crap. Thankfully Monday is full with HIMYM, Chuck, Being Human, Chicago Code, Castle and Hawaii Five-0. :)

  8. jasin says:

    Harry’s LAw is such a good show. Sucks it can’t get a better Demo #. It probably needs a better time slot and lead in.

  9. Amanda says:

    I’m sure there are plenty of DVRs like mind loaded with Chuck.

    It’s really time for TPTB to seriously revamp the way ratings are counted for shows. I rarely watch anything live. I wait for my kids to go to bed so I’m not distracted, and I can skip commercials and boring parts of shows I don’t want to waste time on. I can get three hours worth of shows watched in 1.5-2 hours. I also occasionally watch shows online. However, the ads have gotten out of control online. There’s got to be a better way to make money! I have NO problem with product placement.

    • Amanda says:

      That should say “like mine.”

    • Carrie says:

      Regarding ratings, I often wonder if the shows that are getting the most ratings are even the ones most people watch. I mean, who exactly has Nielsen boxes and are they representative of the general population. And with hundreds of channels to choose from, how can that be extrapolated to the American viewer in a statistically significant way?

  10. Karin says:

    Love The Chicago Code steady against DWTS, only show to do that and is House series low?

  11. Amy says:

    Castle!! Soooo great !
    It seems like CBS Mondays are jinxed. Mad Love , no good, Mike&Molly not that strong anymore , and the breakout hit :) Hawaii 50 doing so much worse than CSI Miami last season. And now , Charlie S. gone ! . Yes, for whatever reason, they are jinxed.

    • Tego Livi says:

      Mike & Molly is almost certainly suffering from always following reruns, plus the increased competition (Dancing With The Stars has a pretty similar audience–part of why Mike & Molly isn’t really a good match with 2½ Men). Mad Love is pretty dull; I don’t expect it to be renewed. It’s exactly like dozens of other sitcoms of the past several years. As to Hawaii Five-O: it was never a “breakout hit.” It was a mild success. And now it’s losing the leadin competition to Castle BIG TIME. But CBS isn’t “jinxed.” They’re just suffering from their earlier success having been badly oversold. How I Met Your Mother has never been all that big a success (nor is it anywhere near as good as a small group of fans think it is). 2½ Men is in turmoil, Mike & Molly is kind of cute but I doubt it has much staying power, and CBS has been decaying in the 10pm Monday hour for several years.

      • Amy says:

        Sorry I don’t agree with this “and CBS has been decaying in the 10pm Monday hour for several years.” , when u consider that CSI Miami was getting around 13 million viewers and 3.6 demos only one year ago.

  12. Jessica says:

    I hate that Chuck’s ratings dipped so low! As for Castle, I think a lot of soap fans tuned in for this episode and I hope the show is able to keep some of those viewers.

  13. Liz says:

    I wouldn’t sweat this, everything was pretty much down.

  14. Bella says:

    I love Chuck, but was watching the NCAA Women’s game between Gonzaga and UCLA, so DVRd Chuck.

  15. Brynna says:

    These Chuck ratings are just killing me. PLEASE god let this not be the end of my favourite show.

  16. Cass says:

    I’m happy for CASTLE (which I love), and for HAWAII FIVE-0 (which I very much like), but not good news for CHUCK, which absolutely must be renewed! I don’t get why more people aren’t watching, save for NBC’s poor promotion of it. Which makes no sense, considering that despite lower-than-hoped-for ratings, the show has a consistent, very loyal, very vocal audience. And I don’t see all its newbies doing well: UNDERCOVERS (gone), CHASE (gone), THE CAPE (gone), THE EVENT (hanging on by a thread), OUTSOURCED (not great, but likely to survive the cut). Introducing a bunch of new, hyped-up pilots in the fall in favor of renewing a show that creatively works and that would pull in a larger audience with some proper promoting doesn’t seem particularly smart to me. Cancelling my favorite NBC show isn’t inducement for me to check out its new proferrings. Bah! Here’s hoping CHUCK is renewed!

  17. Samantha says:

    The last thing Chuck needs is a series low… Let’s hope the people in charge don’t base their decision off of one week but instead on the loyalty of dedicated Chuck fans. There may not be a lot of us, but we’re still there!

  18. cc says:

    YAHOO for Castle!! Best show on TV!

  19. Erin says:

    Nathan Fillion looks the absolute cutest person in that photo!

  20. Becks says:

    Amy – The Mentalist this year – certainly a hit show – only gets demos of around 2.9-3 thats with a strong lead in from CSI. HFO consistently gets 2.8-2.9 demos.

    Its not a huge CSI style hit but its a bigger hit in its first year than either NCIS was or Criminal Minds. Its also the ONLY new drama to get higher than a 2.5 consistently in the ratings and does well for the ten pm slot.
    You can’t compare what CSI Miami did last year as this year the networks are down on viewers seven percent from last year across the board and the ten pm slot is down across the board. You can only compare what a show is doing this year, in its time slot against direct competition. On that score HFO is a decent hit. As strong nearly as THe Mentalist and stronger than anything else in that time slot.

    It’s also maintained its viewers with the debacle that has happened to CBS Monday nights.