Monday Ratings for May 9: 'Castle' Stays Strong in Viewer Slump
Matt Click
Matt Click
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Overtime during the Heat/Celtics game might have contributed to some of the falling ratings for primetime television last night, with Chuck, Dancing with the Stars and How I Met Your Mother all dipping considerably in viewers from last week. However, a few resilient shows managed to weather the ratings slump.

Last week, I dubbed ABC's Castle the little show that could. Well, Castle and Becket are certainly still chugging up that hill, because Castle was up 7% last night, with 13.52 million viewers. And FOX's House didn't do too shabby either. It had 7.95 million viewers, despite its timeslot landing smack-dab in the middle of basketball overtime.

And if you missed either Castle or House, for basketball or other reasons, we've got recaps for both! Read the Castle recap here, and the House recap here.

ABC's Dancing with the Stars was down 9%, with 21.64 million viewers. Even with the overtime and a drop of nearly a tenth, the king (queen?) of Tuesday primetime retained its throne. Ratings are expected to rise as the final episodes of this season approach.

Read our DWTS recap here.

NBC's lineup felt the brunt of the ratings slump last night. Chuck fell 7% (a series low), with 4.13 million viewers. The Event dropped 15%, with 3.57 million viewers, and Law and Order: Los Angeles continued its descent with a dip of 14%, and 5.32 million total viewers.

Check out our Chuck recap here!

Even mighty CBS was brought down a peg last night, with many of its primetime shows hitting all-time lows. How I Met Your Mother was down 11%, with 6.36 million viewers. Mad Love was down 18% (5.14 million viewers), Mike & Molly slumped 8% (7.5 million viewers) and Hawaii Five-0 dipped 8% (9.3 million viewers). And let's not forget that CBS is fresh out of new Two and a Half Men episodes. What's a network to do?

On the CW, 90210 and Gossip Girl were both down 10%, with 1.53 million and 1.17 million viewers, respectively.

Read our Gossip Girl recap here!

Source: Nielsen

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