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ABC, Fox and CBS in Tight Battle for Monday Ratings

Mar 1, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Nielsen overnights for Monday show three networks in a tight race for No. 1, with ABC getting a strong performance from a two-hour “The Bachelor” to squeak by with a win for the night in both total viewers and the 18-49 demo, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

ABC finished the night with an average rating of 3.2 in adults 18-49, followed closely by Fox (3.0) and CBS (2.8). Univision, with a 1.6 average, beat out NBC with a 1.5. In total viewers, ABC averaged 10.9 million to edge Fox (9.5 million) and CBS (9.1 million). NBC was next with 6.2 million, followed by Univision with 4.2 million.

At 8 p.m. Fox’s "House" earned an average of 3.85 in the 18-49 demographic for the hour, while CBS’s "How I Met Your Mother" and "Mad Love" had a 3.4 and a 2.7, respectively, in the same demo. The first hour of ABC’s "The Bachelor" had a mean score of 3.05 in the 18-49 demo, ahead of NBC’s "Chuck" (1.65 average) and CW’s "90210" (0.65 average).

At 9 p.m. the second hour of "The Bachelor" rose to a 3.75 average in the 18-49 demo, better than a repeat of "Two and a Half Men" (3.2 average) and a new "Mike & Molly" (3.4) on CBS. Fox’s "The Chicago Code" managed a mean score of 2.15 in the same demo, ahead of NBC’s "The Cape" with a 1.15 and CW’s "Gossip Girl" with a 0.65, both in the same 18-49 demographic.

The 10 p.m. hour was won by ABC’s "Castle" with an average rating of 2.8 in the 18-49 demo, besting NBC’s "Harry’s Law," which had a 1.8 in the same demo for the hour.

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