house carrot or stick 320 TV ratings: 'House' and ABC lead a soft Monday, 'Harry's Law' holds steadyFast National ratings for Monday, Jan. 24, 2011

ABC scored the biggest overall audience on Monday night, and FOX’s “House” had the best individual numbers, thanks largely to the fact that CBS aired a lineup of reruns. “The Bachelor” and “Chuck” showed small improvements over last week, while “Harry’s Law” held onto most of its premiere audience in week two.

ABC led the night with 9.2 million viewers and a 6.1 rating/10 share in households. FOX (9.05 million, 5.4/8) was not far behind in second. CBS (8 million, 5.1/8) took third, edging NBC (7.5 million, 4.6/7). The CW returned to originals and had a fairly typical showing, drawing 1.65 million people and a 1.1/2.

FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.1 rating, beating out ABC’s 2.7. CBS, 2.2, finished third. NBC’s 1.9 was good enough for fourth, and The CW trailed with a 0.9.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: “House” (10.4 million viewers, 6.1/9 households)
ABC: “The Bachelor” (9.3 million, 6.1/9)
CBS: “How I Met Your Mother” rerun (7.2 million, 4.6/7)/”Rules of Engagement” rerun (7.05 million, 4.5/7)
NBC: “Chuck” (6.2 million, 3.6/6)
The CW: “90210” (1.7 million, 1.1/2)

18-49 leader: “House” (3.7)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Two and a Half Men” rerun (11.4 million, 7.2/11)/“Mike & Molly” rerun (9.5 million, 6.0/9)
ABC: “The Bachelor” (9.1 million, 6.1/9)
FOX: “Lie to Me” (7.7 million, 4.6/7)
NBC: “The Cape” (5.9 million, 3.5/5)
The CW: “Gossip Girl” (1.6 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: “Two and a Half Men” (3.0)

10 p.m.

NBC: “Harry’s Law” (10.4 million, 6.6/11)
ABC: “Castle” (9.1 million, 6.0/10)
CBS: “Hawaii Five-0” rerun (6.55 million, 4.2/7)

18-49 leader: “Castle” (2.4)

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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Posted by:Rick Porter