Fast National ratings for Monday, August 17, 2009.

CBS' Monday repeats, particularly comedies "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory," gave the network a solid win on a slow night.

Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 2.0 rating, topping NBC's 1.5 rating. ABC and FOX both posted a 1.4 rating in the key demographic, tying for third. The CW's 0.4 rating was enough for fifth.

Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 6.63 million viewers to go with a 4.4 rating/7 share. NBC was second overall with a 3.6/6, beating the 3.3/6 for ABC and FOX's 2.8/5. The CW's 0.7/1 trailed.

ABC started the night in first with a 4.5/8 for "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire." CBS' two "How I Met Your Mother" episodes averaged a 3.2/5 for second, but also won the hour in the 18-49 demo. FOX's "House" was a close third, topping the 2.8/5 for NBC's "Great American Road Trip." The CW's "One Tree Hill" was fifth with a 0.8/1.

CBS moved into the lead at 9 p.m. with a 5.5/9 for "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory." Note that while "Men" averaged more viewers, "BBT" posted the night's highest 18-49 numbers with a 2.7 rating. NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" was second, beating the 2.9/5 for ABC's "Dating in the Dark." FOX's "Lie to Me" was fourth with a 2.6/4, while The CW's "Gossip Girl" slipped from its lead-in.

The 10 p.m. hour narrowly went to "Dateline," which had a 4.6/8, edging CBS' "CSI: Miami" by a sliver. ABC's "Castle" was well back in third with a 2.4/4.


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.