fiesta bowl 320 TV ratings: Decent 'Bachelor' premiere, but FOX, Fiesta Bowl win MondayFast National ratings for Monday, Jan. 4, 2010

“The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love” landed with decent ratings on Monday, but FOX’s coverage of the Fiesta Bowl carried the night.

“The Bachelor” had its best opening since the spring 2007 edition of the show, but the audience didn’t carry over to “Conveyor Belt of Love,” which fell off pretty sharply from its lead-in.

FOX won the night with 12.85 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/12 share in primetime to score a good-sized victory over CBS (9.4 million, 5.9/9). ABC’s 8.5 million viewers and 5.7/9 were good for third. NBC (4.9 million, 3.1/5) finished fourth, and a night of reruns on The CW was way off the pace with just over 1 million viewers and a 0.6/1.

FOX also led the 18-49 demographic with a 4.2 rating. ABC took second with a 3.1, topping CBS’ 2.7. NBC averaged 2.0 and The CW 0.4.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: Fiesta Bowl – Boise State-TCU (12.8 million viewers, 7.7/12 households)
ABC: “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love” premiere (9.1 million, 6.1/9)
CBS: “How I Met Your Mother” rerun (7 million, 4.3/7)/”Accidentally on Purpose” rerun (6.7 million, 4.1/6)
NBC: “Heroes” (5.3 million, 3.4/5)
The CW: “One Tree Hill” rerun (1.3 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: Fiesta Bowl (4.0)

9 p.m.

FOX: Fiesta Bowl (13.5 million, 7.9/12)
CBS: “Two and a Half Men” rerun (12 million, 7.3/11)/”The Big Bang Theory” rerun (10.9 million, 6.6/10)
ABC: “The Bachelor” premiere (10 million, 6.6/10)
NBC: “Heroes” (4.6 million, 2.9/4)
The CW: “Gossip Girl” rerun (731,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: Fiesta Bowl (4.5)

10 p.m.

FOX: Fiesta Bowl (12.2 million, 7.3/12)
CBS: “CSI: Miami” rerun (10 million, 6.4/11)
ABC: Special – “Conveyor Belt of Love” (6.5 million, 4.3/7)
NBC: “The Jay Leno Show” (4.8 million, 3.1/5)

18-49 leader:
Fiesta Bowl (4.1)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Posted by:Rick Porter