'Men,' 'Big Bang' are night's highest-rated shows

Encore episodes of top-rated comedies “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory” were the top programs of Monday in key demo categories, lifting CBS into a share of the night’s young-adult lead with ABC’s firstrun reality fare.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS opened with solid repeat numbers for “How I Met Your Mother” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) and “Rules of Engagement” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and then picked up steam from 9 to 10 p.m. with repeats of “Two and a Half Men” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) and “The Big Bang Theory” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall — the evening’s top programs in both key demos and total viewers. The net then fell off at 10 p.m. with “CSI: Miami” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall), which is moving to Sunday nights in the fall.

The Eye led among the broadcasters on the night in 18-49 (tied with ABC), 25-54 and total viewers.

At ABC, the second two-hour installment of “Bachelor Pad” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) was down from its premiere but again put up solid-enough numbers and grew in 18-49 rating with each half-hour. It was followed by “Dating in the Dark” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), which was also down from its premiere but beat out both CBS and NBC in 18-49 during the 10 o’clock hour.

At Fox, “House” returned to its regular 8 p.m. timeslot with a repeat episode that fared poorly (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), followed by an original “Lie to Me” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), which was down a bit from its recent performances in the 8 o’clock hour.

NBC did little with its two-hour repeat of “America’s Got Talent” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) and an original “Dateline” at 10 (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, CBS and Univision, 1.8/5; Fox, 1.4/4; NBC, 1.2/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.3 million; ABC and NBC, 4.9 million; Univision, 4.3 million; Fox, 4.2 million; CW, 0.9 million.

Encore episodes of top-rated comedies “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory” were the top programs of Monday in key demo categories, lifting CBS into a share of the night’s young-adult lead with ABC’s firstrun reality fare.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS opened with solid repeat numbers for “How I Met Your Mother” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) and “Rules of Engagement” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and then picked up steam from 9 to 10 p.m. with repeats of “Two and a Half Men” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) and “The Big Bang Theory” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall — the evening’s top programs in both key demos and total viewers. The net then fell off at 10 p.m. with “CSI: Miami” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall), which is moving to Sunday nights in the fall.

The Eye led among the broadcasters on the night in 18-49 (tied with ABC), 25-54 and total viewers.

At ABC, the second two-hour installment of “Bachelor Pad” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) was down from its premiere but again put up solid-enough numbers and grew in 18-49 rating with each half-hour. It was followed by “Dating in the Dark” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), which was also down from its premiere but beat out both CBS and NBC in 18-49 during the 10 o’clock hour.

At Fox, “House” returned to its regular 8 p.m. timeslot with a repeat episode that fared poorly (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), followed by an original “Lie to Me” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), which was down a bit from its recent performances in the 8 o’clock hour.

NBC did little with its two-hour repeat of “America’s Got Talent” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) and an original “Dateline” at 10 (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, CBS and Univision, 1.8/5; Fox, 1.4/4; NBC, 1.2/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.3 million; ABC and NBC, 4.9 million; Univision, 4.3 million; Fox, 4.2 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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