hughlaurie house bench 290 TV ratings: FOX rocks the 'House' on premiere MondayFast National ratings for Monday, Sept. 21, 2009

A two-hour “House” kept pace with “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday and carried FOX to a ratings win for the night. “Dancing” was off a bit from its fall premiere last year, CBS’ comedies were solid, and “Heroes” — and consequently “The Jay Leno Show” — struggled for NBC.

FOX led the night with 16.5 million viewers and a 9.5 rating/14 share in households. ABC was a strong second with 14.8 million viewers and a 9.5/15. CBS (12 million, 7.5/12) finished third. NBC (5.9 million, 3.7/6) was a distant fourth, and The CW (2.3 million, 1.6/2) trailed.

“House” also fueled a demographic win for FOX, which posted a 6.5 rating among adults 18-49. CBS took second in the demo at 4.0, followed by ABC at 3.5. NBC averaged 2.4 and The CW 1.1.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC: “Dancing with the Stars” season premiere (17.4 million viewers, 11.0/17 households)
FOX: “House” season premiere (15.8 million, 9.2/14)
CBS: “How I Met Your Mother” season premiere (9.2 million, 5.7/9)/”Accidentally on Purpose” series premiere (9 million, 5.7/8)
NBC: “Heroes” season premiere (6.3 million, 3.9/6)
The CW: “One Tree Hill” (2.5 million, 1.7/2)

18-49 leader: “House” (6.1)

9 p.m.

ABC: “Dancing with the Stars” (17.6 million, 11.3/17)
FOX: “House” (17.2 million (9.8/14)
CBS: “Two and a Half Men” season premiere (13.6 million, 8.5/12)/”The Big Bang Theory” season premiere (12.8 million, 7.8/11)
NBC: “Heroes” (5.8 million, 3.4/5)
The CW: “Gossip Girl” (2.1 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: “House” (6.8)

10 p.m.

CBS: “CSI: Miami” season premiere (13.8 million, 8.7/14)
ABC: “Castle” season premiere (9.4 million, 6.2/10)
NBC: “The Jay Leno Show” (5.7 million, 3.8/6)

18-49 leader: “CSI: Miami” (4.3)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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Posted by:Rick Porter