In what is becoming a Monday trend, ABC's "The Bachelorette" controlled the early part of the night, but then the ratings dip for "Here Comes the Newlyweds" allowed CBS to claim the night overall.
Among adults 18-49, ABC held on with a 2.4 rating, edging the 2.1 rating. NBC and FOX posted a 1.1 rating for a distant third in the key demographic. The CW's 0.2 rating trailed.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 7.25 million viewers to go with a 4.7 rating/8 share, nipping the 4.6/8 for ABC (and 6.94 million viewers). NBC was well back in third with a 3.0/5, beating the 2.4/4 for FOX. The CW stayed in last with a 0.5/1.
ABC began the night in first with a 5.0/9 for "The Bachelorette." CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" and "Rules of Engagement" were second with a 3.3/6. FOX's "House" beat the 2.2/4 for NBC's new "Great American Road Trip," making its Monday premiere. The CW's "One Tree Hill" had a 0.7/1 for fifth.
In its second hour, "The Bachelorette" improved to a 5.5/9 and a 2.9 demo rating, winning the 9 p.m. hour. CBS' "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory" were a close second with a 5.4/9 average. NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" had a 3.0/5 for third, topping the 2.2/4 for FOX's "Lie to Me." The CW trailed with "Gossip Girl."
CBS moved into first in the 10 p.m. hour with a 5.3/9 for "CSI: Miami." NBC's "Dateline" was second. ABC's "Here Comes the Newlyweds" still won the hour in the 18-49 demo, but slipped to a 3.3/6 overall.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.