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Fresh ‘House,’ ‘24’ Give Fox a Monday Win

January 27, 2009 10:48 AM

Fox continued its Monday night dominance with new episodes of “House” and “24,” while NBC’s season finale of “Superstars of Dance” and the conclusion of “The Last Templar” went out on the low side.


ABC, meanwhile, continued to do well with reality, with both “The Bachelor” and “True Beauty” posting week-to-week gains.

Fox averaged a 5.1 rating/12 share for the night among viewers 18-49 and drew 13.8 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures. A new episode of “House” (5.9/15, 15.6 million) bumped up 7% from its time-period debut last week. The medical drama also gave the Fox the highest-rated Monday entertainment telecast among all the networks in the demographic for the season to date. The last two episodes have improved the network’s 8 p.m. hour by 148% compared with the previous season to date.

A new episode of “24” (4.2/10, 12.1 million) was up one-tenth of a rating point from last week, enough to log the show’s highest Monday-night rating in the 18-49 demographic.

Reality fare on ABC gave the network second place among viewers 18-49 with a 3.6/9 (9.4 million). A new episode of “The Bachelor” (3.9/10, 10.6 million) posted an 8% gain from last week, while “True Beauty” (2.9/7, 7 million) saw a 12% bump against a repeat of “CSI: Miami” and the second half of “The Last Templar.”

CBS (3.0/7, 9.3 million) had repeats throughout the night. “The Big Bang Theory” (3.3/9, 9.3 million), “How I Met Your Mother” (3.1/7, 8.1 million), “Two and a Half Men” (4.1/10, 12.7 million), “Worst Week” (2.3/5, 7.2 million) and “CSI: Miami” (2.6/7, 9.2 million) gave the network third place for the night.

NBC wrapped up its first season of “Superstars of Dance” with a 1.6/4 (6.7 million), its lowest performance for the season. At 9 p.m. the conclusion of “The Last Templar” (1.9/5, 8.3 million) saw a 17% ratings drop from its first part Sunday night. The show’s ratings throughout the two hours, however, stayed level. The network finished fourth overall with a 1.8/4 (7.7 million).

The CW finished fifth with a 0.7/2 (1.5 million), with repeats of “Gossip Girl” (0.7/2, 1.6 million) and “One Tree Hill” (0.7/2, 1.4 million). Among women 18-34, the network posted a 1.3 rating.


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