February 01, 2011 at 06:41 PM EST

Image Credit: Patrick Wymore/FoxA decent performance by The Bachelor helped ABC to take Monday in adults 18-49 (2.7 ratin/7 share) and viewers (8.4 million), according to preliminary ratings. The Bachelor was up 10 percent versus last week in the demo (3.2/8)  and averaged 9.2 million over its two-hour time period. (A repeat of Castle aired at 10). Then again, it helped that the usual victor on Monday nights — CBS — was in repeats.

Still, CBS managed to still come in second for the night in the demo (2.4/6) and viewers (8.1 million). Two & A Half Men — which just so happens to be under a great deal of scrutiny these days because of Charlie Sheen undergoing treatment — was the most-watched show for the night (11.2 million) even though it was a rerun. CBS will be back with originals next week. 

Fox came in third for the night in the demo (2.2/6)  and viewers (7.4 million), with Human Target earning a 2.1/6 and 7.8 million  – its highest rated episode so far this season –  and the season finale of Lie to Me posting a 2.2/5 and 7 million.  As for NBC, the network aired originals but only has lows to report: Chuck ( 1.7/5, 5.5 million) matched its series low, The Cape (1.5/4, 5.3 million), suffered a season low, and Harry’s Law (2.1/6,  10.8 million) managed to remain flat despite its crappy lead-ins. Hold on, Kathy Bates!

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