ABC Picks Up 'Samantha Who?' as Ratings Growth Continues

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ABC has picked up a full season of its Christina Applegate sitcom "Samantha Who," the network confirmed, as last night's ratings show continued growth for the show.
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"Samantha" gained last night even though its top-rated lead-in, "Dancing With the Stars," fell off a bit.

"Samantha" had a 4.9 rating -- its highest number yet and up 9 percent from last week -- among adults 18 to 49 in the preliminary Nielsen returns.

The growth shows the sitcom's viewership isn't strictly tied to "Dancing," which was down a couple notches from last week to a 5.3. "Samantha" may have aided 10 p.m.'s "The Bachelor" as well, which leapt 15 percent from last week to a 3.8.

After ABC, which won the night in viewers and the demo, CBS had its second great week in a row for its comedy block. "How I Met Your Mother" had a season high with a 3.3, "Big Bang Theory" had its best number since its premiere with a 3.6, "Two and a Half Men" had its best since February with a 5.1 and "Rules of Engagement" was up from last week to a 4.2. "CSI: Miami" was also up a couple notches to a 4.8.

For NBC, the song remained the same: "Chuck" (2.7), "Heroes" (4.9) and "Journeyman" (2.4) all matched their series lows. Fox had repeats. The CW's comedy block was down slightly in some measures, with "Everybody Hates Chris" (1.0), "Aliens in America" (0.8), "Girlfriends" (1.0), "The Game" (1.1).

UPDATE: Hold on, ABC's ratings changed more than usual in the national ratings, because Denver and Green Bay affiliates aired last night's NFL game, causing a boost in the overnight preliminaries. In the final tallies, "Samantha Who?" dropped to match last week's 4.5, "Dancing" dropped a notch to a 5.2 and "The Bachelor" fell to 3.6.