TV ratings: Comedy carries CBS again Monday

Charliesheen_twoandahalfmen_290 Fast National ratings for Monday, Aug. 24, 2009

CBS cruised to a ratings win Monday thanks again to the comedy duo of "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory."

The Eye averaged 7.2 million viewers and a 4.7 rating/8 share in households for the night, beating second-place NBC (5 million, 3.4/6) by better than 2 million viewers. FOX came in third with 4.4 million viewers and a 2.8/5. ABC (3.7 million, 2.5/4) was fourth, and The CW (864,000, 0.6/1) trailed.

CBS also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.3 rating, topping FOX's 1.5. ABC and NBC tied for third at 1.3. The CW managed only a 0.4.

The hour-by-hour breakdown:

8 p.m.

CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" reruns - two episodes (5.7 million viewers, 3.7/6 households)
NBC: "Great American Road Trip" (4.8 million, 3.0/5)
FOX: "House" rerun (4.6 million, 3.0/5)
ABC: "Dating in the Dark" rerun (3.5 million, 2.4/4
The CW: "One Tree Hill" rerun (950,000, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "How I Met Your Mother" (2.1)

9 p.m.

CBS: "Two and a Half Men" rerun (9.3 million, 6.1/10)/"The Big Bang Theory" rerun (8.3 million, 5.4/9)
NBC: "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (4.5 million, 3.1/5)
FOX: "Lie to Me" rerun (4.23 million, 2.6/4)
ABC: "Dating in the Dark" (4.18 million, 2.8/4)
The CW: "Gossip Girl" rerun (777,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (2.8)

10 p.m.

CBS: "CSI: Miami" rerun (7.2 million, 4.7/8)
NBC: "Dateline" (5.8 million, 4.2/7)
ABC: "Castle" rerun (3.5 million, 2.4/4)

18-49 leader: "CSI: Miami" (1.9)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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