On the first official night of the fall TV season, Dancing with the Stars led ABC to a ratings win, while Fox's Lone Star was the night's biggest disappointment, according Nielsen estimates.
Dancing's two-hour premiere averaged 21 million viewers and improved 22 percent in the adults-18-to-49 demographic over last fall. Leading out of Dancing, Castle (11.2 million viewers) also saw a 22 percent bump in the demo versus last year.
CBS took second place, bolstered by a solid (but lower-than-expected) debut for Hawaii Five-0, which drew 13.8 million viewers. It won the 10/9c timeslot, but was down in the demo versus CSI: Miami's performance a year ago.
Two and a Half Men (14.5 million viewers) was up 7 percent in the demo, while other returning comedies, How I Met Your Mother (8.8 million viewers) and Rules of Engagement (8.3 million viewers), were flat. Boosted by Men, new comedy Mike & Molly drew 12.2 million, but was down 17 percent in the demo compared to The Big Bang Theory's performance last year.
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