The Bachelor powered ABC to a win on Monday as the romance reality show winnowed the field to three women. From 8-10 p.m., The Bachelor averaged a 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.3 million viewers overall for season highs in both metrics. For the night, ABC pulled in a 3.1 rating with 9.9 million viewers overall.
CBS was a close second (3.0, 10.1 million) as its comedy lineup posted across-the-board declines week-to-week. How I Met Your Mother (3.6, 9.4 million) won its 8 p.m. half-hour in head-to-head competition and was down only 3%, while Mad Love (2.8, 8.0 million) was down 7% compared to last week’s series premiere. CBS is now forced to air reruns of Two And a Half Men due to star Charlie Sheen’s rehab stint. Men (3.0, 11.5 million) fell to second in its time slot against The Bachelor while Mike & Molly (3.2, 11. 3 million) tumbled 16% week-to-week for a series low. Hawaii Five-O (2.7, 10.2 million) also hit a series low, but it still won its 10 p.m. time slot against ABC’s Castle (2.6, 9.0 million) and NBC’s Harry’s Law (1.7, 8.6 million).
Fox slid into third for the night (2.8, 9.1 million) with new episodes of House (3.5, 10.3 million) and The Chicago Code (2.1, 7.9 million), both posting slight gains week-to-week.
NBC and Univision tied for fourth in the demo with a 1.5 rating each, while NBC pulled in 6.1 million total viewers and Univision averaged 3.8 million.
The CW posted week-to-week gains among its target demos; Gossip Girl averaged a 1.0 rating in the 18-34 demo with 1.6 million viewers overall for double-digit increases in both metrics. 90210 (0.9, 1.5 million) was up 11% in the demo and 7% in total viewers.