'Two and a Half Men,' 'Big Bang' top ratings

Despite facing original competition across the broadcast board, CBS carried the night in key ratings categories behind repeats of its potent Monday comedy block.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS topped its broadcast rivals in adults 18-49 (tie with ABC), adults 25-54 and total viewers behind encore comedies “How I Met Your Mother” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), “Rules of Engagement” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall), “Two and a Half Men” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) and “The Big Bang Theory” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall); “Big Bang,” headed for Thursdays this fall, stood as the night’s No. 1 show in demos. The Eye was also competitive at 10 p.m. with a repeat of “CSI: Miami” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall), which is making the move to Sundays in the fall.

ABC’s “Bachelor Pad” continues to put up fairly good numbers with its two-hour installments (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), rising a tick week to week. It and “Dating in the Dark” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) combined to give the net a share of the 18-49 lead for the night.

At NBC, the “2010 Miss Universe Pageant” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) was competitive in the 9 o’clock hour and then moved to the broadcast lead from 10 to 11. It also provided the network with its best ratings delivery in the timeslot since May 31, though the event was down a bit vs. last year and appears to have hit an all-time demo low. Kicking off the night, gameshow “Minute to Win It” averaged an OK 1.6/5 in 18-49 and 5.3 million viewers overall.

Fox was sluggish with a “House” repeat at 8 p.m. (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) before showing some spunk at 9 p.m. with an original episode of “Lie to Me” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC and CBS, 1.9/5; NBC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.7/5; Fox, 1.4/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.6 million; NBC, 5.8 million; ABC, 5.3 million; Fox, 4.2 million; Univision, 4.1 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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