'Big Bang,' 'Men' top draws of Monday night

Even in repeats, CBS dominated Monday’s primetime ratings race, claiming the night’s five top-rated broadcast shows among young adults.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, the Eye net’s middle-hour comedies “Two and a Half Men” (2.7 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) and “The Big Bang Theory” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) were easily the top two draws of the night among adults 18-49, while “Men” was once again Monday’s most-watched program overall. CBS was also stronger than usual in the opening hour with “How I Met Your Mother” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) and a special second seg of the series at 8:30 p.m. (2.2/7 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), and the net then easily topped its broadcast competition during the 10 o’clock hour with “CSI: Miami” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall).

At ABC, the finale of “Dating in the Dark” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) was down a tad vs. its episode of the previous week; the show was a solid performer for the net, especially when it aired behind “The Bachelor” earlier this summer, and has to be considered a candidate to return next summer.

NBC’s finale of “Great American Road Trip” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) was in line with its previous week’s performance, ranking third among the broadcast nets at 8 o’clock. The Peacock’s highest-rated program on the night was “Dateline” at 10 p.m. (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall).

And Fox hung in there with repeats of its dramas “House” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and “Lie to Me” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall).

CW’s repeats of “One Tree Hill” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) and “Gossip Girl” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall) barely registered on the Nielsen needle. These shows will return with original episodes in three weeks, getting a jump start on the rest of the night.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.3/7; Fox, 1.5/4; Univision, 1.4/4; ABC and NBC, 1.3/4; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 7.2 million; NBC, 5.0 million; Fox, 4.4 million; ABC, 3.7 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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