Fox original programs nab top TV ratings

NBC's 'Harry's Law' stays strong in second week

Powered by a pair of originals, Fox won the Monday’s ratings race on a night normally dominated by CBS. The Eye’s entire lineup, however, was in rerun mode and opened the door for other nets to show off its wares.

NBC was clearly pleased with the performance of David E. Kelley drama “Harry’s Law” (2.1 rating/6 share in the 18-49 demo and 10.3 million viewers, according to early estimates from Nielsen), which fell only a tenth from its premiere a week ago and may have a future at the Peacock. That was the smallest week one to week two drop of any new drama this season on any of the Big Four networks.

NBC is now likely to keep “Harry’s Law” on Mondays for all 12 of its episodes. Prior thinking by NBC had “Parenthood” moving to Mondays after only six episodes of “Harry’s Law,” but with “Law & Order: Los Angeles” on hiatus, “Parenthood” will stay at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The Kathy Bates starrer was also tops in total viewers in the 10 p.m. timeslot with 10.3 million tuning in, defeating both “Castle” (2.4/7, 9m) and “Hawaii Five-0” (1.7/5, 6.5m).

“House” (3.7/10, 10.4m) was Monday’s top show and, combined with an episode of “Lie to Me” (2.5/6, 7.6m) that hit its highest demo since November 2009, gave Fox the win over second place ABC. Alphabet’s two-hour reality staple “The Bachelor” (2.8/7, 9.1m) was up slightly over last week’s episode.

Back on NBC, “Chuck” (2.0/5, 6.1m) fell a notch from last week and “The Cape” (1.6/4, 5.8m) isn’t having much luck sustaining some promising earlier numbers. David Lyons superhero skein has dropped 38% in the demo since its premiere two weeks ago.

Despite airing nothing but repeats, CBS won in total viewers in the 9 o’clock hour with sitcoms “Two and a Half Men” (3.0/8, 11.4m) and “Mike & Molly” (2.6/6, 9.5m). Those laffers were preceded by “How I Met Your Mother” (2.3/6, 7.1m) and “Rules of Engagement” (2.2/6, 7m).

The CW scored an 0.8/2, 1.6m with a new episode of “90210” and an 0.9/2, 1.5m for “Gossip Girl.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.1/8; ABC, 2.7/7; CBS, 2.2/6; NBC, 1.9/5; Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.9/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 9.1 million; Fox, 9 million; CBS 8 million; NBC, 7.4 million; Univision, 3.8 million; CW, 1.6 million.