'House,' '24' Help Fox to Win
January 20, 2009 10:20 AM
“House” checked in on Monday night in its new time period to help give Fox a win against CBS’ comedy block.
Fox took first with the highest rating and most viewers, scoring a 4.8 rating/11 share and drawing 13.5 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research numbers.
At 8 p.m. Monday, “House” (5.4/13, 14.9 million) matched its Tuesday-night season-to-date average rating. The episode also posted the series’ biggest audience of the season while improving over the previous time-period average rating by 135%.
A new episode of “24” pulled a 4.1/9 (12 million), retaining the numbers from its season premiere last week. Excluding sporting events, last night was Fox’s highest-rated Monday night in almost two years.
New episodes of CBS comedies helped give the network a second-place finish with a 4.1/10 and 12.7 million viewers for the night. Although all shows took a dip from last week’s ratings, “The Big Bang Theory” (4.0/10, 11.1 million), “How I Met Your Mother” (4.5/11, 10.8 million) and “Two and a Half Men” (5.4/12, 16 million) all were above their season-to-date averages, while “Worst Week” (3.0/7, 9.6 million) remained on par. At 10 p.m., “CSI: Miami” (3.7/10, 14.5 million) performed average for the season.
On ABC, a new episode of “The Bachelor” (3.5/8, 9.9 million) was up 9% from the week before and remained average for its current season, while “True Beauty” (2.7/7, 5.9 million) was down 10% from its season-to-date average, giving the network an average 3.2/8 and 8.6 million viewers for a third place finish.
NBC placed fourth with a new episode of “Superstars of Dance” (1.7/4, 6.4 million), down 26% from last week to a new season low, continuing a downtrend in ratings for the series since its debut. The season finale of “Momma’s Boys” (1.8/5, 4.9 million) was on par for the season, giving the network a 1.7/4 and 5.9 million viewers for the night.
The CW finished the night fifth with new episodes of “Gossip Girl” (1.0/3, 2.2 million) and “One Tree Hill” (1.2/3, 2.6 million), both down from the week before. Overall the network scored a 1.1/3 in the demographic and 2.4 million viewers. Among women 18-34, the network scored a 2.3 rating, down 21% from last week.
(Updated: Added last three grafs. 11:42 a.m.)