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After all the buzz about the buss on Castle, the ABC show wound up second in the the 10 o'clock hour to the upstart Harry's Law.

The NBC legal program, which debuted last week to 11 million viewers, pulled in nearly 10.4 million people for its second outing, while Castle only got 9.1 million. A Hawaii Five-0 rerun came in third with 6.5 million.

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Starring Kathy Bates, Harry's Law enjoyed the smallest audience decline from its first to its second week for any new drama this season. Castle got a 2.4 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, up 14 percent from its last original episode two weeks ago. Harry's Law got a 2.1 rating in the demo.

The Bachelor ran second over its two hours (starting at 8/7c), reeling in some 9.2 million viewers. The show continues to be a steady performer and set season highs with women 18-to-49, women 18-to-34, and teenagers.

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At 8, Fox's House won, averaging 10.4 million, while reruns of How I Met Your Mother and Rules of Engagement had 7.2 million and 7.1 million, respectively, on CBS; Chuck did 6.4 million on NBC and 90210 had 1.8 million on the CW.

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At 9, even reruns of CBS' strong sitcoms Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly drew audiences of 11.4 million viewers and 9.5 million, respectively. The Cape's audience continues to shrink on NBC, getting 5.7 million viewers — compared with last week's 6.1 million, which, in turn, was down 27 percent from the 8.4 million who watched the premiere.

The numbers for Fox's Lie to Me jumped more than 33 percent, meantime, to 7.9 million (vs. 5.9 million last week), and a fresh installment of the CW's Gossip Girl bounced back to 1.6 million (compared to just 708,000 for last week's rerun).

On basic cable Sunday night, the penultimate episode of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta's third season was the series' most-watched ever, according to Nielsen Media Research, with 3.43 million total viewers.