Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Monday's ratings highlights:

8 pm/ET
Dancing with the Stars was the night's most-watched program, holding relatively steady week-to-week with 18.8 million total viewers. CBS' comedy combo of Big Bang (9.33 mil) and Mother (8.96 mil) continues to pack some punch, with the laffers gaining 615K and 150K, respectively.

Chuck, dipping 11 percent (to 5.89 million), was nearly terminated by Sarah Connor (5.6 mil), which enjoyed a gain of 280 thousand.

9 pm
Two and a Half Men placed a strong second behind DWTS (and bested the ABC juggernaut in demos), inching up to 13.94 million viewers. Lead-out Worst Week, however, dropped another 500K, to 8.79 mil — or 63 percent retention. Heroes (8.2 mil) slipped another 12 percent, while Prison Break (5.43 mil) added 170 thou.

10 pm
CSI: Miami drew 13.6 mil, shedding 700K (as Horatio continues to glare at Kyle Bornheimer.) Boston Legal placed second with 9.4 mil (down 400K). NBC's Life (5.78 million) was down more than a mil from its week-ago premiere, yet up a bit from its original Friday outing.