Coming off last week’s record premiere numbers, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars dipped slightly but still hit a huge 21.1 million viewers, according to preliminary overnight ratings. New series Castle held up well in its second week with 11.5 million eyes, nearly on par with its premiere outing of 11.6 million.
Meanwhile, the CW’s Gossip Girl returned after a six-week hiatus to 2.2 million viewers. That’s about the same audience size as there was for the show’s last original episode in early February, but Gossip Girl‘s ratings remain down in the new year. The competitive 8-9 p.m. hour, especially ABC’s Dancing With the Stars juggernaut and recently resurgent Bachelor, is a likely culprit for Gossip Girl‘s ratings slide.
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