ABC Conquers Monday; NBC Hits New Lows

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Lot of ground to cover regarding Monday night's shows: ABC conquered. The CW and CBS made some gains. NBC's heroic dramas fell. And, most crucially, the "Heroes" Nissan Rogue has returned.

First, ABC won the night with "Dancing With the Stars" (a 4.9 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49) and "The Bachelor" (3.3), both down slightly.

CBS was a close second, with all of its comedies (except an on-par "Two and a Half Men") up slightly from the prior week. It aired "How I Met Your Mother" (3.2), "The Big Bang Theory" (3.4), "Men" (4.4) and "Rules of Engagement" (3.8). At 10 p.m., "CSI: Miami" had a series low (4.3).

Then there's NBC, whose first Monday of the season nearly toppled ABC, but this week is in third with all three of its dramas showing weekly declines.

Three weeks of drops is not unusual at the start of a season, since shows tend to settle from their premiere in their third week. But in the case of NBC's Monday block, the recent succession of falls is sharp enough to cause some concern: "Chuck" is in last place among the major networks at 8 p.m. (2.6, down 19 percent from last week). "Heroes," while still the highest-rated show of the night, hit a series low (5.0, down 9 percent). "Journeyman" came in last in its hour (3.0, down 9 percent).

As for Claire's stolen Nissan Rogue, the product placement-mobile has returned. Now a Rogue—which may or may not be Claire's—is in a Latin American country and owned by a young jailed American, setting up a possible "Where In the World Is Claire's Rogue?" global adventure game for the rest of the season.

Fox came in fourth with "Prison Break" (steady with a 3.0) and "K-Ville" (up a notch to a 2.0).

The CW got a slight breeze of good ratings news last night, with its comedy block improving on some of the network's key demos. It aired "Everybody Hates Chris" (1.1), "Aliens in America" (0.8), "Girlfriends" (1.2) and "The Game" (1.4).