‘Bachelor’ powers ABC to win

'Men' repeat is night's most-watched show

In a very competitive Monday night ratings race, a “Bachelor”-fueled ABC narrowly edged both Fox and CBS for a demo win.

While “The Bachelor” helped the Alphabet with 3.4 rating/9 share in the 18-49 demo, the most-watched show of the night was a repeat of “Two and a Half Men.” For those who couldn’t get enough of Charlie Sheen’s interviews and explanations for his behavior during the morning and afternoon, auds tuned in to see him in his usual primetime home as well.

Fox had good news as well. “House” (3.8/11, 10.9m) was No. 1 in the demo and drew the most viewers in the 8 o’clock hour. There was significant drop-off, however, for “The Chicago Code” (2.1/6, 8m), but the cop drama didn’t decline from last week and drew its largest overall viewers totals, so the network will view that as a positive sign.

CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” (3.4/10, 9.2m) was slightly down from a week ago and “Mad Love” (2.7/7, 7.9m) lost 1.3 million viewers from “Mother” and 21% in the demo. “Mad Love” has performed respectably since arriving on the Eye sked two weeks ago and will no longer have any original “Men” episodes as a lead-out.

“Two and a Half Men” (3.2/9, 11.5m) — in repeat mode for the rest of the season after CBS and Warner Bros. shut down production last week — drew more eyeballs than any other show. It slightly outperformed lead-out “Mike & Molly” (3.4/9, 11.4m) in total viewers, but “Molly” was marginally better in the demo.

A rerun of “Hawaii Five-0” (1.9/5, 7.2) was down significantly from last week’s original episode.

ABC’s two-hour “The Bachelor” scored season highs in the demo and total viewers, and was No. 1 with both the 18-34 and 18-49 women’s demos. The second hour of the reality competition series drew 11.9 million viewers, best for any hour on Monday.

“Castle” (2.8/8, 10.1m) held strong and easily defeated “Hawaii Five-0” and NBC’s “Harry’s Law” (1.8/5, 9.1m). The David E. Kelley skein was Monday’s highlight for the Peacock, which started the night with “Chuck” (1.7/5, 5.3m) and then the series finale of “The Cape” (1.1/3, 4m). The superhero skein showed early promise for NBC but quickly faded as it moved forward in its midseason run.

CW drew an identical 0.7/2 for both “90210” and “Gossip Girl,” with “90210” drawing a slightly larger overall audience — 1.4 million compared to 1.3 million.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 3.2/9; Fox, 3.0/8; CBS, 2.8/8; Univision, 1.6/5; NBC, 1.5/4; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 10.8 million; Fox, 9.5 million; CBS, 9.1 million; NBC, 6.1 million; Univision, 4.2 million; CW, 1.4 million.