Monday's highlights (as it were):
Dancing with the Stars was the night's most watched show (17 million total viewers), but stumbled to the tune of a 12-percent week-to-week drop. (Too uneven a competition this season? Discuss.) Bones placed second in the hour, returning to an audience of 8.5 mil (down 1.12 mil from its last fresh eppy). Big Bang (7.69 mil, down a mil) and Mother (7.99 mil, down 17 percent) both took hits.
CBS' combo of Men (13.84 mil, slipping 600K) and Rules of Engagement (welcomed back by 10.32 mil, down 15 percent) topped the hour. Samantha Who? made a date with 10 mil, losing a mil from last week. The season finale of New Amsterdam dipped 700 thou to 6.77 mil. One Tree Hill scored 2.72 mil on its new night, giving The CW its best ever Monday-at-9 numbers in the 18-34 demo.
Trailing a CSI: Miami repeat, Medium delivered 9.58 mil (sliding 1.1 mil), while The Bachelor held steady at about seven mil.
In other ratings news: The Memory Keeper's Daughter on Saturday gave Lifetime its best audience (5.8 million viewers) for an original TV-movie since 1995, and was all of TV's most-watched entertainment program for the night.
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