March 08, 2011 at 06:28 PM EST

Image Credit: Byron Cohen/FoxAiring mostly against reruns, Fox had a clear path to the winner’s circle on Monday because it aired originals of House and The Chicago Code. The network triumphed in adults 18-49 (2.9 rating/8 share) and total viewers (9.2 million), according to early estimates.

The special episode of House — which featured a musical sequence — attracted 11.1 million eyeballs, the drama’s second largest audience this season. It averaged a 3.8/11. Code earned a 2.1/6 and 7.5 million viewers.

In case you were wondering (and you know you were), CBS’ repeat of Two and a Half Men was the second most-watched show for the night with 10.1 million. It was also the network’s highest-rated comedy for the night with a 2.8/8 in the demo. In contrast, an original of Mad Love posted a 2.4/7 — down 11%, its lowest delivery to date. The rest of CBS’ lineup was in repeats.

And bummer news for the return of The Event. The two-hour episode earned a mere 1.4/4 — down 26% from its last original on Nov. 29 — and 5.2 million viewers. (Like, its ever a surprise when a show goes down after a painful and needless hiatus?). Harry’s Law earned a 1.8/5 and a 9.3 million viewers. NBC, as a result, came in fourth in the demo (1.5/4) and viewers (6.6 million).

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