CBS wins night despite falling ratings

'House' drops 14% to lowest rating in three years



Broadcast networks received more bad news Monday night with most shows declining week-over-week.

Fox's "House" topped the night, but dropped 14% to its lowest rating in three years. CBS won the evening overall in the key demographic while most of its comedies fell slightly.

On CBS, "The Big Bang Theory" fell 10% (7.6 million viewers, 2.8 preliminary adults 18-49 rating and a 9 share) and "How I Met Your Mother" dropped 8% (8.3 million, 3.5/10). "Two and a Half Men" (13.5 million, 4.8/12) was the only show Monday to maintain its previous number. "Rules of Engagement" fell a notch (10.5 million, 3.9/9). At 10 p.m., "CSI: Miami" (13.9 million, 4.0/11) was down a tick, yet won the hour.

Fox was second in the demo with "Bones," which was down 16% week-over-week (8.1 million, 2.7/8), followed by "House" (13.2 million, 5.0/12).

In third, ABC won the night among total viewers, led by "Dancing With the Stars" (18 million, 4.2/12), which won the 8 p.m. hour and was down a couple points from last week. "Samantha Who?" (10.5 million, 3.0/7) and "The Bachelor" (7 million, 2.4/6) were down a peg.

NBC had a two-hour "Deal or No Deal" (8 million, 2.3/6) that marked the game show's lowest Monday rating ever, followed by "Medium" (9.5 million, 3.2/9).

On the CW, "Gossip Girl" dropped a wincing 23% (2.1 million, 1.0/3), yet Monday's shocking ending has fans buzzing (see clip). "One Tree Hill" also was down a bit (2.2 million, 1.0/3).
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