TV ratings: CBS comedies trump Miss Universe Monday

jon-cryer-two-and-a-half-men-320.jpgFast National ratings for Monday, Aug. 23, 2010

The Miss Universe pageant was up a tiny bit in viewers compared to last year (although down some among adults 18-49), but CBS' 9 o'clock comedies scored Monday's biggest audience and led the network to a ratings win.

CBS drew 6.6 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/7 share in households for the evening, beating out NBC's 5.8 million viewers and 3.6/6. ABC (5.3 million, 3.5/6) finished third. FOX (4.2 million, 2.7/4) came in fourth, and The CW was at the back with 751,000 viewers and a 0.5/1.

ABC and CBS tied for the lead among adults 18-49 at 1.9, just in front of NBC's 1.8 rating in the demo. FOX scored a 1.4 and The CW a 0.3.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC:
"Bachelor Pad" (5.95 million viewers, 3.9/7 households)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (5.3 million, 3.3/6)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" rerun (5 million, 3.3/6)/"Rules of Engagement" rerun (5.35 million, 3.5/6)
FOX: "House" rerun (3.35 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: "90210" rerun (966,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "Bachelor Pad" (1.9)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Two and a Half Men" rerun (8.2 million, 5.4/9)/ "The Big Bang Theory" rerun (8.2 million, 5.2/8)
ABC: "Bachelor Pad" (5.9 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: Special - Miss Universe 2010 (5.3 million, 3.4/5)
FOX: "Lie to Me" (5 million, 3.1/5)
The CW: "Gossip Girl" rerun (536,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (2.6)

10 p.m.

NBC:
Miss Universe 2010 (6.75 million, 4.2/7)
CBS: "CSI: Miami" rerun (6.5 million, 4.3/7)
ABC: "Dating in the Dark" (4.1 million, 2.7/5)

18-49 leader: Miss Universe 2010 (2.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Photo credit: CBS
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