Dancing With the Stars smoked the ratings competition Monday night, averaging 22.3 million viewers in its second week.
While the two-hour show tripped slightly in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (down 4 percent to a 5.1 rating), its total audience was about the same as last week's 12th-season opener (though that was down from the 24.2 million who tuned in for last spring's debut).
Against Dancing in the first hour of Monday's prime time, a rerun of How I Met Your Mother and a fresh episode of Mad Love each pulled in some 5.6 million viewers on CBS; Fox's House drew 4.8 million. The NBC special All Together Now: A Celebration of Service, which saluted volunteerism in America and featured all the living past president as well as President Barack Obama, got 4.2 million, and a 90210 rerun only got 756,000 on the CW.
At 9/8c, another Two and a Half Men repeat sank to 7.6 million viewers (compared with 9.1 million viewers last week). A rerun of Fox's The Chicago Code totaled nearly 4 million, and a repeat of CW's Gossip Girl drew 537,000, while at 9:30, a repeat of CBS' Mike & Molly got 7 million (compared with last week's 9.6 million). The Event on NBC drew 4.4 million viewers.
Castle continued to reap Dancing's lead-in in prime time's final hour, dominating with some 12.8 million people, while Harry's Law matched last week's audience of 8.2 million and a rerun of CBS' Hawaii Five-0 had 5.8 million viewers.
In the weekly ratings that came out Tuesday, March Madness helped CBS get back on top after three weeks of Fox victories. Two close games — Connecticut-Arizona and Kentucky-Ohio State — wound up in Nielsen's top 15.