CBS scores victory with 'Two and a Half Men'


NEW YORK -- A repeat "Two and a Half Men" led CBS to a wide victory in Monday night's primetime.

"Two and a Half Men" averaged 11 million viewers and a 3.6 rating/9 share in the adults 18-49 demographic to become the night's top show, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. "Rules of Engagement" (8.8 million, 3.2/8) dropped three million viewers a half hour later but held up most of its demo lead-in.

The two sitcoms combined to crush the 9 p.m. competition, which included the season finale of "Fat March" (4.9 million, 1.9/5) as well as repeats of "Heroes" (3.7 million, 1.2/3) and "Prison Break" (3.3 million, 1.2/3).

CBS won in the 8 p.m. hour with repeats "How I Met Your Mother" (6.8 million, 2.4/7) and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (7.1 million, 2.6/7) beating repeats on the other networks. A repeat "CSI: Miami" (9.1 million, 2.8/7) prevailed against a new "Dateline: NBC" (5.4 million, 1.9/5) and an old "Supernanny" (3.7 million, 1.4/4).

Monday averages: ABC (4.8 million, 1.8/5); CBS (8.7 million, 2.9/8); NBC (4 million, 1.4/4); Fox (3.7 million, 1.4/4); and The CW (2 million, 0.8/2).
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