TV ratings: FOX has a 'House' party Monday

hugh-laurie-house-320.jpgFast National ratings for Monday, March 15, 2010

The daylight savings curse hit the Nielsen ratings on Monday night, with NBC and FOX taking hits at 8 o'clock. FOX's "House" and "24," however, did well enough to give the network a win over a night of reruns on CBS.

FOX drew 10.1 million viewers and a 6.0 rating/10 share in households for the night, beating out CBS' 9.3 million and 5.9/10. ABC (7.5 million, 5.2/8) came in third. NBC (6 million, 3.8/6) took fourth, and The CW (1.9 million, 1.3/2) trailed.

FOX also led the adults 18-49 race with a 3.4 rating. CBS scored a 2.8 in the demo. ABC came in third with a 2.1, followed by NBC, 1.7, and The CW, 1.0.

The daylight savings effect -- networks maintain ratings tend to go down when the clocks change and days get longer -- is a little tough to judge for Monday, since neither CBS nor ABC had regular, original programming (although both did reasonably well with their reruns and fill-ins). Here are the night's hourly numbers.

8 p.m.

FOX:
"House" (11.2 million viewers, 6.7/11 households)
ABC: "20/20" special - "Inside 'The Bachelor'" (7.5 million, 5.2/9)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" rerun (6.15 million, 4.0/7)/"Rules of Engagement" (7.8 million, 4.7/8)
NBC: "Chuck" (5.8 million, 3.5/6)
The CW: "Life Unexpected" (2.1 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "House" (4.0)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Two and a Half Men" rerun (12 million, 7.4/12)/ "The Big Bang Theory" rerun (11.5 million, 7.1/11)
FOX: "24" (9.2 million, 5.4/9)
ABC: "20/20" special - "Inside 'The Bachelor'" (8.4 million, 5.8/9)
NBC: "Trauma" (5.25 million, 3.3/5)
The CW: "Gossip Girl" (1.7 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory" tied at 3.8

10 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI: Miami" rerun (9 million, 5.9/10)
NBC: "Law & Order" (6.9 million, 4.5/8)
ABC: "Castle" rerun (6.6 million, 4.5/8)

18-49 leader: "CSI: Miami" (2.3)

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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