Tight Three-Way Race in Monday Ratings

Feb 22, 2011  •  Post A Comment

With the CBS lineup slipping in the Nielsen overnights from a week ago, Monday’s ratings race turned into a three-way battle between CBS, ABC and Fox, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

ABC came away with a slim victory over CBS in the adults 18-49 demo, while CBS eked out a narrow win in total viewers, with Fox close behind in third place in both categories. ABC averaged a 3.1 rating for the night in 18-49, followed by CBS (3.0), Fox (2.8), Univision (1.5) and NBC (1.5). CBS led total viewers with an average of 9.2 million, ahead of ABC (9.9 million), Fox (9.2 million), NBC (6.1 million) and Univision (3.9 million).

At 8 p.m. CBS’s "How I Met Your Mother" and "Mad Love" were steady, with a 3.6 average rating and a 2.8, respectively in the 18-49 demographic. Fox’s "House" had a 3.5 and ABC’s first hour of "The Bachelor" had a 3.1, also in the 18-49 demo. Trailing for the hour were NBC’s "Chuck" with a 1.7 and CW’s "90210" with a 0.7, also in the same demo.

At 9 p.m. hour two of "The Bachelor" earned a 3.7 in the 18-49, benefiting from CBS running a rerun of "Two and a Half Men" (thanks to Charlie Sheen’s hiatus) and "Mike & Molly." The latter two shows had a 3.0 and a 3.2, respectively, in the 18-49 demo. Fox’s "The Chicago Code" topped NBC’s "The Cape" 2.1 to 1.2 in the 18-49 demo, and CW’s "Gossip Girl" was last with a 0.8 in that demo.

The 10 p.m. hour was neck and neck, with CBS’s "Hawaii Five-0" inching ahead of ABC’s "Castle," 2.7 to 2.6, in the 18-49 demo. NBC’s "Harry’s Law" managed just a 1.7 in the same demo.

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