Fast National ratings for Monday, December 28, 2009.
Maybe most television viewers were watching a Monday Night Football thriller on ESPN, but Monday proved to be the sort of ratings night on which ABC very nearly won the key demographic on the strength of a bloated "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequel.
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 2.3 rating, nipping the 2.0 rating for ABC in the all-important age range. FOX was third with a 1.5 rating, with NBC's 1.0 rating and the 0.3 rating for The CW trailing.
Overall, CBS was in a bit more control, averaging an estimated 8.21 million viewers and a 5.0 rating/8 share. ABC was second with a 3.6/6 and an estimated viewership of 6.25 million viewers. FOX's 3.0/5 was third, with NBC's 1.6/3 a distant fourth. The CW finished fifth with a 0.6/1.
In the 8 p.m. hour, CBS averaged a 3.7/6 for repeats of "How I Met Your Mother" and "Accidentally on Purpose." In terms of ratings, ABC's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" was second with a 3.6/6, but the movie won the hour in viewers (6.1 million) and in the key demo (1.8 rating). FOX' repeat of "House" had a 3.0/5 for third. NBC finished fourth with a 1.8/3 for two repeats of "Community." The CW's "One Tree Hill" repeat was fifth.
CBS' "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory" repeats delivered a 6.4/10 in the 9 p.m. hour, also winning in the key demo with a 2.9 rating. ABC's movie stayed second with a 3.6/6. FOX finished third with a 2.9/5 for a "Lie to Me" repeat. A second two-episode "Community" block slipped for NBC. Fifth went to The CW's "Gossip Girl" repeat, which had a 0.5/1.
"CSI: Miami" helped CBS close the night in first, doing a 6.1/10 for a repeat. ABC's movie was second overall and tied for first in the key demo. A repeat of "The Jay Leno Show" did a 2.1/4 for third, but still drew 3.2 million viewers.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.