"Dancing With the Stars" powered ABC to its fifth straight Monday night victory, and a regular-season football game between two small-market teams proved more popular than the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
-- ESPN's coverage of a humdrum, small-market match-up between the Titans and Jaguars drew a 7.2 percent overnight rating compared to 6.5 percent for game three of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. Baseball fans might espite the Yankees' presence in TV's biggest market, the presence of Texas' ace starter Cliff Lee made last night's game somewhat of a foregone conclusion.
-- ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" scored a 3.5 rating/9 share in the key adults 18-49 demographic. "Castle" closed out the night for ABC with a 2.7/7 average from 10-11 p.m.
-- CBS drew second place with sitcoms and "Hawaii Five-O." The network's freshmen were both down slightly for their lows so far. "Mike & Molly" dipped 3 percent to 3.4/8, and "Hawaii" was down 6 percent at 2.9/8. Overall, CBS averaged 3.3/9.
-- Fox was in third with "House" and "Lie to Me," which has been replacing the ill-fated "Lone Star" in the timeslot. "House" was down 3 percent to 3.5/10 and "Lie to Me" up 5 percent to 2.0/5 -- better than its predecessor but hardly a hit.
-- NBC was at the back of the pack with a 1.9/5 primetime average for its Monday night line-up of "Chuck," "The Event" and "The Chase." All of NBC's shows were flat with last week except "The Chase," which was up 7 percent. NBC ordered additional episodes of all three shows Tuesday morning.