CBS topped the night with adults 18-49, while a new Fox line up placed second.

Chuck fans who thought it would return within its typical ratings range were vindicated, as its 2.0 adults 18-49 rating was just above its Fall new episode average and tied its season high. Moving to 9pm Monday, The Cape fell 31% vs. its double episode Sunday premiere to just a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. While the series premiere of Harry’s Law drew a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Hardly a rousing start.

Fox’s House had a slightly up night after a long repeat layoff, its 3.6 adults 18-49 rating was up 6% from its last new episode on 11/22/10. Lie To Me seemed to benefit from the House return, its 1.8 rating was up 20% vs. last week.

CBS originals had a mostly even night since their last new episodes on 1/3/11. How I Met Your Mother was steady with a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating, while Rules Of Engagement was down 6% to a 3.2 rating. Two And A Half Men fell 2% to a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating, while Mike & Molly increased 3% to a 3.8 rating. Hawaii Five-0’s 2.9 rating was even with its last new episode.

ABC’s The Bachelor slipped a tick, down 4% vs. last week to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, January 17, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 3.9 10 10.512
FOX HOUSE 3.4 9 10.182
ABC THE BACHELOR 2.5 7 8.534
NBC CHUCK 2.1 5 6.104
CW 90210 – R 0.4 1 1.169
8:30 FOX HOUSE 3.7 9 10.995
ABC THE BACHELOR 2.7 7 8.706
NBC CHUCK 2.0 5 5.742
CW 90210 – R 0.3 1 0.864
9:00 CBS TWO AND A HALF MEN 4.6 11 15.551
ABC THE BACHELOR 2.7 7 8.669
FOX LIE TO ME 1.9 5 6.163
NBC THE CAPE 1.7 4 6.084
CW GOSSIP GIRL – R 0.3 1 0.732
9:30 CBS MIKE & MOLLY 3.8 9 13.034
ABC THE BACHELOR 2.9 7 9.105
NBC THE CAPE 1.8 4 6.291
FOX LIE TO ME 1.7 4 5.715
CW GOSSIP GIRL – R 0.3 1 0.683
10:00 CBS HAWAII FIVE-0 3.0 8 10.939
NBC HARRY’S LAW 2.2 6 10.933
ABC CASTLE – R 1.6 4 5.969
10:30 CBS HAWAII FIVE-0 2.7 8 10.291
NBC HARRY’S LAW 2.1 6 11.145
ABC CASTLE – R 1.3 4 5.357

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 3.0/8; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.9/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.9/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.2/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.9/4; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) tied “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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