cougar town penny can TV ratings: 'Dancing' lead in not much help for 'Cougar Town' MondayFast National ratings for Monday, April 18, 2011

ABC led Monday’s ratings as usual, but a post-“Dancing With the Stars” airing of “Cougar Town” didn’t do a whole lot for the show’s numbers. It lost half of its lead-in’s 18-49 audience and more than half of its viewers.

Elsewhere, “Chuck” didn’t improve on its lower-than-usual performance of last week, and “How I Met Your Mother” also fell some. The CW’s “90210” and “Gossip Girl” returned with slightly better numbers than their last original episodes.

ABC averaged 13.8 million viewers and an 8.9 rating/14 share in households for the night, beating second-place CBS (8.5 million, 5.4/8) by a pretty wide margin. FOX (7.5 million, 4.6/7) came in third. NBC (4.3 million, 2.8/4) was fourth, while The CW scored 1.6 million viewers and a 1.1/2.

ABC led the adults 18-49 demographic as well, albeit with a lower-than-usual 2.9 rating. FOX took second in the demo with a 2.5, beating out CBS’ 2.3. NBC only managed a 1.1, but that was good enough to beat The CW’s 0.8.

]]>8 p.m. ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” (18.4 million viewers, 11.7/19 households)
FOX: “House” (8.6 million, 5.2/8)
CBS: “How I Met Your Mother” (6.4 million, 4.1/7)/”Mad Love” (5.6 million, 3.5/6)
NBC: “Chuck” (4.2 million, 2.5/4)
The CW: “90210” (1.7 million, 1.1/2) 18-49 leader: “Dancing With the Stars” (3.5) 9 p.m. ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” (22.05 million, 13.8/21)/”Cougar Town” (8.5 million, 5.5/8)
CBS: “Two and a Half Men” rerun (7.3 million, 4.6/7)/”Mike & Molly” (9.7 million, 6.2/9)
FOX: “The Chicago Code” (6.4 million, 4.0/6)
NBC: “The Event” (3.75 million, 2.5/4)
The CW: “Gossip Girl” (1.5 million, 1.0/1) 18-49 leader: “Dancing With the Stars” (4.6) 10 p.m. CBS: “Hawaii Five-0” (10.9 million, 6.9/11)
ABC: “20/20” special – “William & Catherine: A Modern Fairytale” (7.7 million, 5.4/9)
NBC: “Law & Order: LA” (4.9 million, 3.4/5) 18-49 leader: “Hawaii Five-0” (2.6) Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable