'Chuck' Up; 'Journeyman' Dips

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The start of the writers strike failed to send viewers rushing to watch endangered scripted programming last night, with network ratings roughly on par.

Among the more notable shifts week-to-week: NBC's "Chuck" was up 14 percent (to a 3.2 preliminary average rating among adults 18 to 49) and CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" saw a 12 percent bounce (3.8), while NBC's "Journeyman" hit a new low (2.1).

Overall, ABC topped the night in the demo and among total viewers, but its ratings are approximate due to quirky start times. Its lineup was "Dancing With the Stars" (5.0), "Samantha Who?" (4.2) and "The Bachelor" (3.7).

CBS came in second with "How I Met Your Mother" (up 10 percent to match a season-high 3.4), "Big Bang" (3.8), "Two and a Half Men" (5.0), "Rules of Engagement" (4.0) and "CSI: Miami" (4.4).

NBC and Fox tied for third, with NBC airing "Chuck" (3.2), "Heroes" (4.9) and "Journeyman" (a series-low 2.1).

Fox's "Prison Break" returned up slightly with back-to-back episodes (3.3 and 3.4).

The CW had "Everybody Hates Chris" (1.0), "Aliens in America" (0.7, hitting a new low), "Girlfriends" (0.9) and "The Game" (1.1).