TV Ratings: CBS Leads Obama-Shortened Monday

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Fast National ratings for Monday, Feb. 9, 2009

President Obama's first prime-time news conference gathered a healthy audience Monday night, with preliminary estimates showing about 37 million people tuning in on the big four broadcast networks. CBS used the press conference and two-thirds of its regular lineup to win the night.

The Eye averaged a 7.8 rating/12 share in primetime. ABC finished second at 7.2/11. NBC, 5.4/8, came in third, a little ahead of FOX's 4.8/7. The CW drew a 1.1/2 with a night of reruns. (Ratings for everyone but The CW are likely to change because of the live coverage of the president and different scheduling on the West Coast.)

ABC led at 8 p.m., earning a 7.5/11 with its coverage of the Obama news conference (and "The Bachelor" out west). CBS drew a 6.2/9 for the hour, narrowly beating NBC. FOX came in fourth with a 3.7/6. The CW got a 1.2/2 from a "Gossip Girl" rerun.

"Two and a Half Men," 9.2/13, and "The Big Bang Theory," 8.1/12, moved CBS to the lead at 9 p.m. "The Bachelor" scored a 7.6/11 for ABC. FOX got a 6.0/9 from "24," which beat out NBC's "Heroes," 4.9/7, for third. "One Tree Hill" dipped a little from its lead-in on The CW.

At 10 p.m., "CSI: Miami," 8.7/14, kept CBS in front of ABC and "The Bachelor," 6.7/11. "Medium" posted a 5.2/8 for NBC.

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

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