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ABC dances away with Monday's ratings crown

March 23, 2010 | 11:32 am

Is there anything Kate Gosselin can't do?

GOSSELIN The reality star made her debut on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and helped power the talent show to its best season-premiere numbers ever. Almost 24 million people tuned in to the two-hour episode and helped drive ABC to a Monday night win in both viewers and key demographics.

Of course, many may have been tuning in to see if Gosselin would stumble and still others might have checked out the show to see what Pam Anderson would wear or whether football star Chad Ochocinco would score big off the field. Wonder if Jon Gosselin would get as big an audience.

Besides landing 23.9 million viewers, "Dancing with the Stars" scored a 6.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen. Each rating point in that demographic equals 1.3 million viewers. For ABC, the Monday numbers were its best since the 2001 Rose Bowl.

The strong numbers from 8-10 p.m. had a trickle-down effect for ABC's "Castle," which beat CBS's "CSI Miami" for the first time in the 10-11 p.m. hour.

For the night, it was ABC in first with 20.2 million viewers and a 5.4 rating in adults 18-49. CBS was second with 11 million viewers a 3.9 rating. 

-- Joe Flint

Photo: Kate Gosselin. Credit: Katy Winn / Associated Press