Goody for House M.D. and Lie to Me: The Fox dramas not only posted gains in adults 18-49 versus last week but helped the network to post its most-watched Monday of the TV season with entertainment programming (9 million), according to preliminary results. The medical drama earned a 3.7 rating/10 share among 18-49 – up 6% versus last week – and was also the highest rated show of the night in all the key demos. It averaged 10.4 million. Lie to Me posted a 3.7/10 in adults – up 39% versus last week – and averaged 7.6 million. Needless to say, Fox won the night in the key demo (3.1/8). Each 18-49 ratings point represents 1.3 million.
ABC was actually first for the night in total viewers (9.1 million), with The Bachelor averaging 9.1 million and a 2.8/7, up slightly (4%) from last week. Castle – which featured that much-anticipated kiss – closed out the night with a 2.4/7, up 14% from last week, and averaged 9 million. Overall, ABC was second for the night in the demo (2.7/7).
CBS was third for the night in 18-49 (2.2/6) and viewers (8 million), despite airing repeats. NBC, in comparison, had originals from its midseason dramas Harry’s Law and The Cape but the news wasn’t so good for the caped crusader: Week three of The Cape (1.6/4, 5.8 million) was its lowest so far. (Our own Ken Tucker says it didn’t help that the episode was particularly weak, even though Summer Glau is a freaking hoot). But Harry’s Law (2.1/6) kicked some major butt among viewers, averaging 10.3 million.
On the CW, 90210 attracted 1.6 million and Gossip Girl, 1.5 million..