The delayed ratings for Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5 have finally seen the light of day, and as usual "Dancing with the Stars" and "American Idol" led their respective networks to victory.
ABC averaged a 10.7 rating/17 share on Monday night. CBS took second with a 7.4/12, followed by FOX at 6.5/10. NBC averaged 4.1/6 and The CW 1.5/2.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, ABC's 4.2 rating beat out CBS and FOX, which tied for second at 4.0. NBC, 1.9, came in fourth, and The CW scored a 1.1.
A two-hour "Dancing with the Stars" was the night's most-watched show, drawing a 12.6/19. CBS' "Two and a Half Men" (8.6/13) drew the night's best rating in the 18-49 demo with a 5.0.
Most of the other shows held in line with their recent performances -- although the extra-half hour of "Dancing" helped give "Castle" a bump. It drew a 6.6/11, up from 5.7/10 last week.
On Tuesday, FOX and CBS tied for the lead in households at 9.5/15, but FOX had more total viewers (16.3 million people to 15.1 for CBS). NBC took third at 6.0/10, followed by ABC, 5.0/8, and The CW, 1.3/2.
FOX also led the 18-49 demo with a 6.2, easily beating NBC's 3.6. CBS averaged 3.2, ABC 2.5 and The CW 0.9.
"American Idol" scored a 13.4/21 for FOX, up slightly from last week. "NCIS" and "The Mentalist" each drew a 10.4/16 for CBS to keep the network near the top. A displaced "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted" struggled against "Idol," averaging only a 2.3/4.
Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.
TV ratings: 'Dancing' takes Monday, 'Idol' tops Tuesday
Delayed Nielsen ratings trickle in
Nathan Fillion of 'Castle'