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The final Monday before the start of the television season was a quiet one at the broadcast networks, as repeats of CBS comedies fared best and the CW got off to a sluggish start with its lineup. Cable was expected to dominate the night with ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

According to preliminary, affiliate-based nationals from Nielsen, CBS led the broadcast networks on Monday with repeats of its comedy block, which kicked off with “How I Met Your Mother” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and “Rules of Engagement” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and then peaked with “Two and a Half Men” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) and “The Big Bang Theory” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall). And at 10 “CSI: Miami” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) was the broadcast leader. (Note that the numbers for all CBS programs could be revised down a bit due to local football preemptions in both Baltimore and San Diego).

At ABC, the finale of “Bachelor Pad” averaged a 1.8/5 in 18-49 and 5.8 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., down vs. last week, while the finale of “Dating in the Dark” at 10 p.m. (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) appeared to be up a tad.

Fox aired a repeat of “House” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) followed by an original “Lie to Me” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), and NBC went with a two-hour repeat of “America’s Got Talent” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and an original “Dateline” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall).

At CW, neither “90210” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall) nor “Gossip Girl” (1.0/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall) performed all that well in their season premieres, with the latter down vs. last year when it followed “One Tree Hill.” In its first original episode in its new Monday 8 p.m. timeslot, “90210” outperformed its final 10 episodes of last season, when it aired on Tuesday opposite Fox juggernaut “American Idol.”

“Monday Night Football” figured to be an easy winner on the night for ESPN with its opening-week doubleheader action pairing the Baltimore Ravens against the New York Jets and the San Diego Chargers against the Kansas City Chiefs. Also expected to top the broadcast networks was History’s hot “Pawn Stars.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.0/5; Univision, 1.7/5; ABC, 1.6/5; Fox, 1.4/4; NBC, 1.2/3; CW, 0.9/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.8 million; ABC, 5.0 million; NBC, 5.0 million; Fox, 4.4 million; Univision, 4.1 million; CW, 1.9 million.