ABC and CBS Post Monday Gains

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Without any competition from baseball this week, ABC and CBS showed some week-to-week gains on Monday night while NBC's heroic dramas like "Chuck" and "Heroes" continue to take ratings body blows.

ABC topped the night and "Dancing With the Stars" was the highest-rated show (a 5.3 rating, up slightly from last week among adults 18 to 49 in the preliminary Nielsens). After, the second episode of "Samantha Who" was up a notch from last week's already high-rated premiere (4.6), which should help earn the series a pickup. At 10 p.m. "The Bachelor" was even (3.4).

CBS came in second place, with most of its comedies gaining from last week, particularly the recently picked up freshman effort "Big Bang Theory." There's "How I Met Your Mother" (3.4, up 10 percent), "Big Bang" (3.5, up 13 percent), "Two and a Half Men" (up a notch to a 4.8) and "Rules of Engagement" (down a tenth to a 3.9). At 10 p.m., "CSI: Miami" was on par (4.5).

NBC's drama lineup continues to fall. There's "Chuck" (down 15 percent to a 2.8), "Heroes" (a series low 4.9) and "Journeyman" (down 7 percent to a 2.5).

On Fox, "Prison Break" (3.0) and "K-Ville" (2.0) returned to their time periods and were flat from their previous performance.

The CW's lineup was mostly stable, with "Everybody Hates Chris" (1.0), "Aliens in America" (0.9), "Girlfriends" (0.9) and "The Game" (1.2).