FOX won the night with the House & 24 combo, followed by reality-fueled ABC and a CBS lineup made up entirely of reruns.  NBC was fourth overall, though it was 3rd in the 18-49 demo.

NOOOOO NBC, please don’t cancel Chuck.  It’s the only show I watch on NBC!  Actually, I watched Heroes too, but honestly (semi-spoiler warning, look away now) when I saw Parkman’s drawing on the floor at the end of the show I thought, please, please, let every character on the show be there when that happens.”    I don’t know why I’m still watching.  Maybe I’m just grouchy because when I think about which two shows of the NBC Monday night lineup NBC will likely keep.  Is it too early to start the hand-wringing over Chuck‘s fate?  Perhaps, but sadly I doubt it.  I really enjoyed last night’s episode from the very opening scene with young Morgan sporting an ALF t-shirt.

House and 24 led the night for FOX.  And 24 easily bested Heroes in the 18-49 demo, and trailed Heroes by only a tenth of a ratings point with adults 18-34.  Heroes slipped under 7 million and had its lowest 18-49 rating for the series.

CBS ran a repeat lineup, with The New Adventures of Old Christine (also a repeat) making a brief appearance in her old time slot before Rule of Engagement returns next week.  Mondays are kinder to christine.

A two hour The Bachelor: The Women Tell All, followed by the season finale of  True Beauty.  I know some think True Beauty won’t be back, but when I look at the demo numbers I’m just not as sure.

CW’s Monday night lineup was still in repeats.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 FOX House 14.64 5.4/14 5.1/15
ABC The Bachelor: The Women Tell All 10.73 3.5/9 3.3/10
CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 8.40 2.7/7 1.8/6
NBC Chuck 6.47 2.2/6 1.8/5
CW Gossip Girl (R) 1.05 0.4/1 0.5/2
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother (R) 7.57 2.8/7 2.2/6
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men (R) 12.05 3.9/9 2.2/6
FOX 24 11.61 3.8/9 3.1/6
ABC The Bachelor: The Women Tell All 11.20 4.1/10 4.0/10
NBC Heroes 6.92 3.4/8 3.2/9
CW One Tree Hill (R) 1.26 0.5/1 0.7/2
9:30 CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine (R) 9.30 2.6/6 1.5/4
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (R) 10.00 2.3/6 1.5/4
NBC Medium 8.48 2.7/7 1.7/5
ABC True Beauty 7.54 3.2/9 3.0/8

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company.


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