ABC Monday could very well have become a major disaster area after the network lost its usual fall fixture Monday Night Football following the 2005-06 season. But the emergence of a new reality franchise called Dancing with the Stars not only kept them above water on Monday; it occasionally helped them do even better than the MNF-fueled lineups!
|2001-02||Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?||Monday Night Football||129|
|2002-03||The Drew Carey Show||Whose Line Is It Anyway?||Monday Night Football||128|
|2003-04||Primetime Mon||Monday Night Football||132|
|2004-05||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Special||Monday Night Football||131|
|2005-06||Wife Swap||Monday Night Football||132|
|2006-07||Wife Swap||The Bachelor Fall||What About Brian||81|
|2007-08||Dancing with the Stars Fall||Samantha Who?||The Bachelor Fall||133|
|2008-09||Dancing with the Stars Fall||Samantha Who?||Boston Legal||111|
|2009-10||Dancing with the Stars Fall||Castle||118|
|2010-11||Dancing with the Stars Fall||Castle||148|
|2011-12||Dancing with the Stars Fall||Castle||125|
|2012-13||Dancing with the Stars Fall||Castle||104|
|2013-14||Dancing with the Stars Fall||Castle||110|
|2014-15||Dancing with the Stars Fall||Castle||112|
2014-15 Update: The improbable Dancing with the Stars comeback rolled on in the fall but slowed down in the spring season, which was just barely up in Plus. Much of DWTS' positive movement was given back at 10/9c, as Castle got some CBS procedural competition and was down to its lowest Plus since season two. The long-running combo is together for one more year in 2015-16.
Notable midseason replacements:
- The first season of The Bachelor (115) aired late in the 2001-02 season.
- The network mostly aired movies on Monday after MNF ended in 2003-04, but like most movie nights, it eventually went away in favor of entertainment programming: namely the respectable new unscripted properties Wife Swap and Supernanny.
- The Bachelor went into midseason mode beginning in 2008-09, occupying the two hours that DWTS vacates from January to March. Around this time, the franchise's ratings were greatly reinvigorated; it's actually outrated the fall DWTS number listed above both in 2009-10 (146), 2012-13 (131) and 2013-14 (136).
- Castle's highly successful run in the Monday 10/9c hour began as a midseason replacement in 2008-09, easily its weakest season on a Plus basis (81).