CBS won the most viewers for the night as well as the 18-49 demographic, but Fox took the night among 18-34 year olds.

Sunday night’s audience for 24 stuck around, Fox refers to it as a “loyal” following and that does indeed seem to be the case. I see comments from people like “Fox had to be expecting better numbers for 24 than this!” Really? I doubt it. Fox might have hoped for more at one, but when the much hyped 24 prequel Redemption aired in November, that pretty much set the baseline for Fox. Redemption averaged 12.12 million (final numbers) and Sunday night’s 12.55 million (overnight) don’t vary much from the preliminary overnight numbers of 12.31 million last night. But all the aforementioned airings were two hours in length. Next week we get the regular schedule with House on at 8pm and 24 at 9pm. Stay tuned.

CBS continues to impress with both The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother drawing over 11.8 million between 8p-9p with impressive demos. Perhaps those show benefited a bit from Chuck not being on (Gossip Girl certainly didn’t see any such benefit), and over on NBC, we can probably call game over for Superstars of Dance and Momma’s Boys. ABC’s line up of The Bachelor and True Beauty trounced NBC, especially in the age demos.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 FOX 24 11.95 3.9/10 3.4/9
CBS The Big Bang Theory 11.81 4.4/11 3.3/9
ABC The Bachelor 8.68 3.0/7 3.1/8
NBC Superstars of Dance 7.21 1.9/5 1.7/4
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.88 1.9/5 2.2/6
CW Gossip Girl 2.86 1.3/3 1.9/5
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother 11.85 4.8/12 3.9/10
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 17.11 5.6/13 3.6/9
FOX 24 12.67 4.3/10 3.7/9
ABC The Bachelor 9.53 3.5/8 3.4/8
NBC Superstars of Dance 6.92 1.9/4 1.6/4
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.98 2.1/5 2.4/6
CW One Tree Hill 3.13 1.5/3 2.2/5
9:30 CBS Worst Week 10.45 3.3/8 2.2/5
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 15.69 4.1/10 2.7/7
ABC True Beauty 6.51 2.9/7 2.6/7
NBC Momma’s Boys 4.59 1.7/4 1.9/5
UNI Cristina 2.97 1.2/3 1.2/3

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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