TV Ratings: 'The Bachelor' has ABC smelling like roses

brad-womack-vampire-bachelor.jpgFast National ratings for Monday, Jan. 10, 2011

"The Bachelor" may have slipped a bit from last season, but it still took a top spot for the key demographic on Monday night, helping ABC to best CBS's comedy repeats.

On a soft night overall, ABC averaged 8.6 million viewers and a 5.7 rating/9 share in households for the night. CBS's repeats reached an average of 7.6 million and a 5.0/7. Fox was in third place with 5.4 and a 3.4/5, NBC reruns put it in fourth place with 3.3 million viewers and a 2.2/3. CW closed out with a meager 863,000 viewers and a 0.6/1.

ABC had a nice lead in the 18-49 demo with a 2.6, followed by CBS with a 2.0, FOX with 1.6, NBC with 09. The CW brought up the rear with 0.4.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC: "The Bachelor" (8.4 million, 5.4/8)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" rerun (7.4 million viewers, 4.7/7 households)/"Rules of Engagement" (6.7 million, 4.4/6)
FOX: "Lie to Me" (5.4 million, 3.5/5)
NBC: "Chuck" rerun (3.0 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: "90210" rerun (950,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "The Bachelor" (2.7)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Two and a Half Men" (10.1 million, 6.5/9)/ "Mike & Molly" (8.7 million, 5.5/8)
ABC: "The Bachelor" premiere (8.3 million, 5.6/8)
FOX: "Lie to Me" (5.4 million, 3.4/5)
NBC:  "The Cape" rerun (3.6 million, 2.3/3)
The CW: "Gossip Girl" rerun (777,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "The Bachelor" (2.8)

10 p.m.

ABC: "Castle" (9.2 million, 6.0/10)
CBS: "Hawaii Five-0" rerun (6.5 million, 4.3/7)
NBC: "The Cape" rerun (3.4 million, 2.2/4)

18-49 leader: "Hawaii Five-0" (2.9)

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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