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Monday's ratings highlights:

8 pm/ET
Dancing with the Stars dipped eight percent, averaging 17.34 million total viewers over its 90-minute run. CBS' swelling sitcombo placed second, with both Big Bang (rising 620K to an all-time high of 9.9 mil) and Mother (9.56 mil, +200K) posting gains.

Behind Deal or No Deal, Sarah Connor did 5.16 mil, sliding 180 thou. Gossip Girl (3.16 mil) enjoyed a small increase.

9 pm
The SNL Presidential Bash special had the popular vote, averaging 14.36 million viewers over its two-hour run. That of course whittled away at everyone else's numbers, with Two and a Half Men (12.8 million, -1.75 mil), Worst Week (8.4 mil, down 16 percent) and Samantha Who? (9.7 mil, down 12 percent) suffering the biggest blows during this hour.

Prison Break (5.23 mil) bid adieu to 600K viewers (as well as an original cast member). Tree Hill dipped 120 thou, to 3.02 mil.

10 pm
Trailing the back half of the SNL bash, CSI: Miami delivered 12.7 mil (down 600K). Boston Legal had a cow, plunging 20 percent to 7.22 mil.