ABC show on the rise for sixth straight week

ABC’s “The Bachelor” continued its hot run on Monday, rising for a sixth straight week and easily winning its second hour in key young-adult demos. Fox, with the strong “House” and solid “24,” still finished on top for the night in demos as well as total viewers.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “The Bachelor” averaged a 4.4 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.5 million viewers overall — its best numbers in years. It surged to a 5.2/12 in the demo and nearly 14 million viewers overall during the 9:30 half-hour. Also above average for ABC was 10 o’clock unscripted series “True Beauty” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall), which prevailed among young adults.

At Fox, “House” (5.1/13 in 18-49, 14.0 million viewers overall) led in demos despite coming in a bit lower than its previous original episode, while “24″ (3.6/8 in 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall) ran second in most categories at 9 o’clock and was in line with its recent averages.

NBC’s “Chuck” was on the low side, running fourth at 8 o’clock (2.2/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), leading into “Heroes” (3.6/8 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall), which was in line with its recent average to place second in demos and first in all key male categories. “Medium” was also on par at 10 (2.8/7 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall), topping in demos a repeat of “CSI: Miami” on CBS (2.6/7 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall).

CBS wasn’t as much of a factor as usual with mostly repeats, led by “Two and a Half Men” (4.0/9 in 18-49, 13.3 million viewers overall) and “The Big Bang Theory” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall). Its lone firstrun program, 9:30 comedy “Worst Week,” continues to be the night’s weak link (2.6/6 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 4.4/10; ABC, 4.0/10; CBS and NBC, 2.9/7; Univision, 1.8/4; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: Fox, 12.6 million; ABC, 10.7 million; CBS, 9.8 million; NBC, 7.8 million; Univision, 4.6 million; CW, 1.1 million.

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