emily brad nascar bachelor date TV ratings: 'The Bachelor' gives ABC a Monday win, 'Harry's Law' steadyFast National ratings for Monday, Jan. 31, 2011

The big four networks were pretty tightly bunched on Monday — but none of them pulled in very impressive ratings. Thanks to “The Bachelor,” ABC managed to end the night on top. Elsewhere, “Harry’s Law” remained consistent for NBC, but “The Cape” continued to struggle.

ABC led the evening with 8.4 million viewers and a 5.6 rating/9 share in households. A night of reruns on CBS (8.15 million, 5.1/8) was not far behind in second. FOX (7.4 million, 4.4/7) narrowly beat NBC (7.2 million, 4.4/7) for third place. The CW was well back with 1.6 million viewers and a 1.1/2.

Things played out pretty much the same in the adults 18-49 demographic: ABC got the win, albeit with a less-than-stellar 2.7 rating, while CBS took second with a 2.4. FOX, 2.2, came in third, followed by NBC at 1.8. The CW drew a 0.8.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC: “The Bachelor” (9.4 million viewers, 6.2/9 households)
FOX: “Human Target” (7.8 million, 4.5/7)
CBS: “How I Met Your Mother” rerun (7.4 million, 4.5/7)/”Rules of Engagement” rerun (7.45 million, 4.6/7)
NBC: “Chuck” (5.6 million, 3.3/5)
The CW: “90210” (1.75 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: “The Bachelor” (3.0)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Two and a Half Men” rerun (11.2 million, 6.9/10)/“Mike & Molly” rerun (9.1 million, 5.7/9)
ABC: “The Bachelor” (9.6 million, 6.3/10)
FOX: “Lie to Me” (7.05 million, 4.2/6)
NBC: “The Cape” (5.3 million, 3.2/5)
The CW: “Gossip Girl” (1.5 million, 1.1/2)

18-49 leader: “The Bachelor” (3.3)

10 p.m.

NBC: “Harry’s Law” (10.9 million, 6.7/11)
CBS: “Hawaii Five-0” rerun (6.9 million, 4.5/7)
ABC: “Castle” rerun (6.3 million, 4.2/7)

18-49 leader: “Harry’s Law” (2.1)

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