CBS repeats rule in total viewers

ABC’s attempt to extend its “Bachelor” mojo deeper into summer resulted in solid opening numbers for “Bachelor Pad” on Monday, while the second-season premiere of “Dating in the Dark” scored as well. ABC won the night among young adults, while CBS repeats ruled in total viewers.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC prevailed among young adults for an 11th consecutive Monday thanks to the two-hour premiere of “Bachelor Pad” (2.2 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall), which tied CBS for the 18-49 lead from 8 to 10 p.m.; though down from the lofty scores the net has seen in the time period with “The Bachelorette,” it’s a pretty good start for the elimination-style show which is something of a cross between “The Bachelor” and “Big Brother.” And following “Bachelor Pad,” the return of “Dating in the Dark” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) made ABC the top broadcaster among young adults at 10 o’clock.

CBS, which won the night among adults 25-54 and total viewers with an all-repeat lineup, was led as usual by the middle-hour comedy combo of “Two and a Half Men” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) and “The Big Bang Theory” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall), with the former standing as the night’s most-watched program overall and the latter as the top demo draw. Solid but less spectacular for the Eye net were 8 o’clock hour comedies “How I Met Your Mother” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) and “Rules of Engagement” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) and 10 p.m. drama “CSI: Miami” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall).

Fox aired the “Teen Choice Awards” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall), which were up a tick vs. last year — the kudocast’s first gain in four years — and left the net in third place among adults 18-49. The show hit a bull’s eye among the under 35-crowd, easily topping the broadcasters with a 2.6 rating/10 share in teens 12-17 and a 1.9/6 in persons 12-34.

NBC, which aired a repeat of “America’s Got Talent” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) and the low-rated finale of “Last Comic Standing” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), finished fourth among the English-language broadcasters.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.1/6; CBS, 1.9/6; Univision, 1.6/5; Fox, 1.5/5; NBC, 1.4/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.6 million; ABC, 5.7 million; NBC, 4.2 million; Fox and Univision, 4.1 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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