By Tim Stack
Updated March 23, 2010 at 05:18 PM EDT
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The season 10 premiere of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars skyrocketed last night to its highest premiere numbers ever, according to preliminary overnight ratings. The competition scored a blockbuster 23.9 million viewers. The giant numbers for DWTS also helped propel Castle to its biggest audience ever with 13 million eyes.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8pm

Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

23.9

8:30pm

Rules of Engagement (CBS)

8.5

9pm

Two and a Half Men (CBS)

14.4

9:30pm

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

13.4

10pm

Castle (ABC)

13.0

Source: Nielsen

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