Fast National ratings for Monday, June 29, 2009.
In a true shocker, FOX finished fourth on Monday night, despite airing two hours of “American Idol.”
Of course, it’s not actually a true shocker. FOX was just reairing a March episode as an alleged tribute to Michael Jackson, but the first-ever “American Idol” network rebroadcast failed to generate all that much interest from viewers.
Among adults 18-49, ABC won the night with a 2.4 rating, nipping the 2.1 rating for CBS in the key demographic. NBC was third with a 1.5 rating, while FOX was fourth with 1.4 rating. The CW trailed with a 0.4 rating.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 7.38 million viewers and a 4.8 rating/8 share to eke out a victory over ABC, which had a 4.7/8. NBC was a close third with a 4.0/7. FOX was well back in fourth with a 2.7/5. The CW’s 0.6/1 was fifth.
ABC began the night in first with a 5.1/9 for “The Bachelorette.” CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” and “Rules of Engagement” finished second with a 3.6/6, just ahead of NBC’s “Law & Order” repeat. The first hour of FOX’s “American Idol” encore had a 2.8/5 for fourth (though it finished third in the 18-49 demo, beating NBC). The CW’s “Gossip Girl” was fifth with a 0.6/1.
“The Bachelorette” stayed on top at 9 p.m. with the 5.6/9 for ABC. CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” and “Big Bang Theory” were a close second and actually edged ABC in total viewers. NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” was third with a 3.8/6, while FOX’s “American Idol” slipped slightly to a 2.7/4. The CW’s “One Tree Hill” was steady.
CBS moved into first in the 10 p.m. hour with a 5.4/9 for “CSI: Miami.” “Dateline NBC” had a 4.6/8 overall and won the hour with a 2.1 demo rating. ABC’s “Here Comes the Newlyweds” was third.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
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