Nielsen Ratings Monday June 16: Reruns vs. Reality

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June 17th, 2008

Total Viewers (million) 7.83 7.14 5.58 5.56 1.22
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.4/7 2.2/6 1.9/6 1.7/5 0.5/1

On Monday night ABC and NBC sent new summer reality fare up against reruns from Fox and CBS and were beaten badly.

Fox's Monday rerun line up of Bones and House (the nightly demo winner with a 2.8/8) propelled it to a win for both viewers (7.83m) and adults 18-49 (2.4/7) while defeating the new reality competition in both hours. CBS's Monday rerun comedy line up of Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Two and A Half Men (the nightly viewer winner with 8.85m) and Rules of Engagement, along with CSI:MIami kept both the viewership and 18-49 demo race close with 7.14m viewers and a 2.2/6 for adults 18-49.

ABC's reality line up of The Bachelorette and The Mole proved weak, particularly The Mole. It just doesn't have that Anderson Cooper ratings magic now that he's moved on to CNN. NBC's reality attempts with American Gladiator and Nashville Star, were worse than Bachelorette, but better than the Mole, small consolation. And not everybody's reruns did well, the CW's audience could have all fit in my living room.

Update to address commenters: We will get the US Open golf playoff numbers out as soon as we see them. Likely within a day, but definitely by Friday.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 FOX Bones (repeat) 7.02 2.1/7
ABC The Bachelorette: DeAnna Tells 5.91 1.8/6
CBS The Big Bang Theory (repeat) 5.76 1.9/6
NBC American Gladiators 5.15 1.8/6
CW Gossip Girl (repeat) 1.24 0.5/2
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother (repeat) 5.69 2.1/7
9:00 CBS Two And A Half Men (repeat) 8.85 2.7/8
FOX House (repeat) 8.64 2.8/8
ABC The Bachelorette 6.95 2.4/7
NBC Nashville Star (9-1030p) 6.13 1.8/5
CW One Tree Hill (repeat) 1.20 0.5/1
9:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (repeat) 6.65 2.2/6
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (repeat) 7.95 2.1/6
ABC The Mole 3.89 1.5/4
10:30 NBC Dateline 4.71 1.4/4

Nielsen Ratings Source: Nielsen Media Research. Full night's results available via Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

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