'American Gladiators' has weak return

'House' gives Fox Monday night win

"American Gladiators" stumbled in its return to NBC, while "House" led Fox to a nightly win Monday.

After a strong run during the writers strike, "Gladiators" returned to NBC's schedule with an average of 4.9 million viewers and a 1.9 rating/5 share among adults 18-49, logging its lowest original rating and finishing a distant third in the 8-10 p.m. time period.

"House" was the top program of the night with 14.8 million viewers and a 5.8/14 in 18-49.

ABC won the 8 p.m. hour with "Dancing with the Stars" (17.6 million, 3.9/11), followed by CBS' comedy duo of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.9 million, 2.9/9) and "How I Met Your Mother" featuring guest star Britney Spears (9.0 million, 3.8/9) and Fox's "Bones" (9.4 million, 3.2/9) and "Gladiators."

At 9 p.m., CBS' comedies "Two and a Half Men" (13.7 million, 5.0/12) and "Rules of Engagement"(10.7 million, 4.1/10) ran second to "House," followed by ABC's "Dancing" and the season finale of "Samantha Who?" (11.0 million, 3.2/8) and NBC's "Gladiators."

CBS took the lead at 10 p.m. with "CSI: Miami" (13.7 million, 4.0/10). ABC's "The Bachelor" (9.2 million, 3.3/8) was No.2, followed by the season finale of NBC's "Medium" (8.6 million, 2.9/8)

For the night, Fox averaged 12.1 million viewers and a 4.5/12 in 18-49 to finish No.1 in 18-49, while ABC (14.0 million, 3.7/10) was tops in total viewers.

CBS drew 11.4 million viewers, 4.0/10 in 18-49, followed by NBC (6.1 million, 2.2/6) and the CW (2.6 million, 1.2/3)




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