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Monday Ratings: House, 24, The Bachelor and CBS repeats rule

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February 17th, 2009

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS NBC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 12.58 10.68 9.84 7.81 4.57 1.12
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.4/10 4.0/10 2.9/7 2.9/7 1.8/4 0.5/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 3.6/9 3.7/10 1.9/5 2.3/6 1.9/5 0.5/1

FOX's House had the best overall performance for the night, but The Bachelor put in another strong effort heading towards next week's finale.  24 and Heroes battled for 18-49 supremacy in the 9pm hour and were neck and neck, although Heroes easily bested 24 in terms of the 18-34 demographic.

But CBS  gets continued  credit for its Monday night lineup, which even in repeats (except for Worst Week) performed well, particularly The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men.

You all know I'm a huge Chuck fan, but if the show was on any other network than NBC (or OK, the CW) it would stand no chance of being renewed.   So the bad news is that one of the reasons it probably doesn't get many viewers is because its on NBC, but the good news is because its on NBC, its prospects for renewal are much higher than they would be otherwise.

But lets face it, it Chuck lost badly to repeats of The Big Bang Theory.  It fared much better against a repeat of How I Met Your Mother, but alas, it still lost across the board there too.   Fun episode though!

All in all, a pretty competitive night of mixed leadership with FOX winning the most viewers and the 18-49 demographic, and ABC narrowly taking the 18-34 demo.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 FOX House 13.26 4.9/13 4.2/12
ABC The Bachelor 11.43 3.8/10 3.7/10
CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 8.75 3.0/8 2.0/6
NBC Chuck 6.78 2.2/6 1.5/4
CW Gossip Girl (R) 1.40 0.5/1 0.6/2
8:30 FOX House 14.74 5.4/13 4.6/12
ABC The Bachelor 11.96 4.2/10 4.0/11
CBS How I Met Your Mother (R) 7.31 2.6/6 1.8/5
NBC Chuck 6.72 2.3/5 1.7/5
CW Gossip Girl (R) 0.99 0.4/1 0.4/1
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men (R) 13.34 4.0/9 2.4/6
ABC The Bachelor 12.80 4.6/10 4.3/11
FOX 24 11.06 3.5/8 2.8/7
NBC Heroes 7.69 3.5/8 3.5/9
CW One Tree Hill (R) 1.01 0.5/1 0.6/1
9:30 ABC The Bachelor 13.81 5.2/12 4.8/12
FOX 24 11.26 3.6/8 2.7/7
CBS Worst Week 8.71 2.6/6 1.8/4
NBC Heroes 7.80 3.6/8 3.5/9
CW One Tree Hill (R) 1.11 0.5/1 0.5/1
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (R) 10.55 2.6/7 1.7/5
NBC Medium 8.81 2.8/7 1.9/5
ABC True Beauty 7.55 3.3/8 2.9/8
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (R) 10.40 2.6/7 1.6/5
NBC Medium 9.06 2.8/8 1.6/5
ABC True Beauty 6.53 2.8/8 2.5/7

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. 

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