TV Ratings: CBS and FOX Split Monday

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Fast National ratings for Monday, Feb. 2, 2009

CBS and FOX waged a tight ratings battle Monday night, with each network claiming a share of victory.

CBS grabbed the biggest total audience with an 8.3 rating/13 share among households and 13.27 million viewers. FOX was close behind at 7.7/11 and 13.02 million viewers. ABC, 6.1/9, came in third. The return of NBC's regular Monday lineup drew a 5.2/8, and The CW trailed with a 1.7/3.

FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 4.6, beating out CBS' 4.3. ABC's 3.7 was good for third, followed by NBC at 3.3. The CW earned a 1.2.

"House," 8.7/13, put FOX on top at 8 p.m. "The Big Bang Theory," 6.7/10, and "How I Met Your Mother," 6.2/9, gave CBS a slim lead over ABC's "The Bachelor" in viewers, even though the latter had a slightly better household rating. A 3-D episode of "Chuck" scored a 4.9/7 for NBC, its best showing of the season. "Gossip Girl" delivered a 1.7/2 for The CW.

CBS moved in front at 9 p.m. with "Two and a Half Men," 10.1/15, and "Worst Week," 6.4/9. "The Bachelor" improved to 7.2/11 in its second hour, narrowly beating FOX's "24" (6.6/10) for second place. "Heroes" returned to a 5.2/8 on NBC, while "One Tree Hill" held steady for The CW.

"CSI: Miami," 10.2/17, easily won the 10 p.m. hour for CBS. The season premiere of "Medium" scored a 5.5/9 for NBC, and "True Beauty" came in at 4.5/7 for ABC.

Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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