CBS and Fox Locked in a Tight Battle for Monday Ratings

Feb 8, 2011  •  Post A Comment

With CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” and Fox’s “House” leading their respective networks, the battle for Monday ratings supremacy came down to a tight two-network race. In the end, CBS came out with a narrow victory both in the 18-49 demo and in total viewers, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

CBS finished with a 3.5 average rating in adults 18-49 for prime time, just ahead of Fox’s 3.4 average. ABC was next with a 2.9, followed by NBC with a 1.6 average. In total viewers, CBS came out on top with an average of 11.5 million, followed closely by Fox with 10.9 million and ABC with 9.6 million. Fourth-place NBC tallied 6.4 million.

Fox’s strongest showing of the night came in the 8 p.m. hour, with "House" earning a 4.3 average rating in the 18-49 demo, while CBS’s "How I Met Your Mother" and "Rules of Engagement" kicked off CBS’s schedule with a 3.8 average and a 3.2, respectively, in the 18-49 demographic. ABC’s "The Bachelor" had a 3.0 and NBC’s "Chuck" managed a 1.7, both in the 18-49 demo. CW’s "90210" was in last place for the hour with a 0.9 in the 18-49 demo.

At 9 p.m. "Two and a Half Men" earned the top spot for the night with a 4.4 in the 18-49 demo, and CBS’s 9:30 sitcom "Mike & Molly" had a 3.6 in the same demo. Hour two of "The Bachelor" collected a 3.3 in the same demo, and Fox’s new cop drama, "The Chicago Code," debuted with a 2.4 in the 18-49 demo. NBC’s "The Cape" settled for a 1.3 in the same demo, while CW’s "Gossip Girl" had a 0.8 in the demo.

The 10 p.m. hour went to CBS’s "Hawaii Five-0" with a 2.8 in the 18-49 demo, better than ABC’s "Castle" with a 2.5 in that demo. NBC’s "Harry’s Law" trailed with a 1.7 in the 18-49 demo.

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