By Lloyd Dewolf
October 07, 2008 at 10:46 PM EDT

Dancing With the Stars took Monday night’s top spot once again, even with fan-favorite dance team Misty May-Treanor and Maksim Chermkovskiy officially out of the competition (she hurt her Achilles tendon). The series suffered a mere 2 percent decline from last week’s performance show, attracting an average of 18.8 million viewers, according to overnight data, and winning the night for ABC. Dancing’s follow-up, Boston Legal, also performed well, attracting 9.5 million viewers in the 10 p.m. hour (a 50 percent decline from its lead-in, but still above its last-season average of 8.9 million). 

Meanwhile, CBS’ Monday night comedy block held steady against Dancing: The Big Bang Theory (9.3 million), How I Met Your Mother (9.0 million), and Two and a Half Men (13.9 million) experienced slight increases over last week’s averages. Only the Eye’s freshman comedy, Worst Week fared a little, well, worse: Ratings were down 515,000 from last week, topping out at 8.8 million. CBS won the 10 p.m. hour, however, with CSI: Miamis 13.6 million viewers stealing the spotlight from both Boston Legal and NBC’s Life (5.8 million).

Life wasn’t NBC’s only letdown, though. Chuck continued to struggle, averaging 5.9 million viewers at 8 p.m. (an 11 percent decline from last Monday’s disappointing premiere), and Heroes tallied just 8.2 million at 9 p.m., a loss of about a million viewers from last week, and well below last year’s 11.6 million average. 

Lastly, Fox’s 8 p.m. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and 9 p.m. Prison Break kept pace with previous weeks this season, earning 5.6 and 5.4 million viewers, respectively, though both shows are trailing their previous-year averages (9.8 million and 7.5 million) when they aired in opposite time slots (Terminator at 9 p.m. and Break at 8 p.m.).

The CW aired reruns of Privileged and Gossip Girl last night.

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