A very competitive night with FOX and CBS in a dead heat with adults 18-49 and FOX winning with adults 18-34.   After last Monday’s college basketball, CBS was back to its well-performing comedies and CSI: Miami.

House led the 8pm hour with a 4.5 rating with adults 18-49.   At 9pm the CBS combo of Two and Half Men and Rules of Engagement bested ABC’s combination of the final half hour of Dancing with the Stars and Surviving Suburbia.

At 10pm, CSI: Miami easily ruled above all other shows with a 3.8 rating with adults 18-49.

What about Chuck? Last night Chuck averaged a 2.3 (or a 2.25, if you want to split hairs) with adults 18-49, and last week it averaged a 2.1/5Heroes was also up noticeably to a 3.2 rating with adults 18-49, rebounding from last week’s series low when it had a 2.6.

Surviving Suburbia’s 2.8 rating with adults 18-49 in its second week will have the retentionistas talking.  It won’t help Castle‘s fight to stay alive any, either.  Castle dropped to a series-low 2.0 rating with Adults 18-49.

Previous Monday overnight reports are available for comparison.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX House 4.5/12 4.1/12 11.84
ABC Dancing with the Stars 4.2/11 3.0/9 18.39
CBS The Big Bang Theory 3.8/11 2.8/9 10.13
NBC Chuck 2.3/6 1.8/5 6.22
CW Gossip Girl (Repeat) 0.4/1 0.5/2 0.99
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother 4.0/11 3.4/10 9.56
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 5.2/13 3.7/10 14.78
ABC Dancing with the Stars 5.0/12 3.7/10 20.56
FOX 24 3.7/9 3.0/8 10.83
NBC Heroes 3.2/8 3.2/9 6.80
CW One Tree Hill (Repeat) 0.4/1 0.5/1 0.92
9:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 4.0/10 2.5/7 11.57
ABC Surviving Suburbia 2.8/7 2.0/6 10.69
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 3.8/10 2.9/8 13.33
NBC Medium 2.7/7 1.9/5 7.58
ABC Castle 2.0/6 1.6/5 7.61

Shows are sorted by 18-49 rating in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company.


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