Ratings For 'Heroes,' 'Dancing' Settle in Second Week

TV Week's James Hibberd: Rated

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After last week's season premiere dust-up, ratings for most shows settled during the second Monday night of the season, with NBC's "Heroes" and ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" continuing to lead the night. While the premiere of The CW's "Aliens in America" continued the network's run of rough-start debuts.

ABC came in first place with a two-hour "Dancing" posting a 5.2 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49, down 10 percent from last weeks. At 10 p.m., "The Bachelor" held steady with a 3.6.

CBS's comedy block and NBC's hero-driven dramas tied for second place. CBS's comedies were all down slightly from last week, with freshman effort "The Big Bang Theory" continuing to provide a ratings bridge between their lowest-rated effort "How I Met Your Mother" and top-rated "Two and a Half Men." "Mother" did a 3.0, "Bang" had a 3.4, "Men" a 4.6 and "Rules of Engagement" a 3.9. At 10 p.m., "CSI: Miami" held last week's series-low-rated premiere of 4.6.

NBC's lineup unevenly sagged, though not necessarily where one might expect. "Heroes" dropped the most, falling 15 percent from last week to a 5.5 (one competitor, gamely taking up NBC's insistence on issuing a combined rating for last week's "Heroes" premiere based on two airings, noted that the show fell 25 percent from its cume). At 8 p.m., "Chuck" declined 14 percent form last week to a 3.1. At 10 p.m., "Journeyman" declined the least of the NBC pack -- 6 percent -- to a 3.3, but came in last place for the hour.

In third place, Fox's "Prison Break" held at a 3.0, but "K-Ville" took another hit at 9 p.m., falling 13 percent to a 2.0 after falling 30 percent from its premiere two weeks ago.

On The CW, another critically well-received new show stumbled out of the gate, with "Aliens in America" posting a 0.8 rating, the lowest-ranked program of the night. Returning comedies "Everybody Hates Chris" (1.0), and "Girlfriends" (1.2) were on par, with "The Game" spiking 20 percent from last year's debut to a 1.4.
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