Primetime Ratings: Fox Dramas Edge Out CBS Comedies In Close Race

NBC's 'Chuck' and 'Heroes' finales garnered average ratings
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Fox’s House delivered the highest full hour rating of the night, propelling the network passed ABC’s hit Dancing With the Stars. House’s follow-up, 24, couldn’t hold off CBS’s popular 9 p.m. comedy block, but it had high enough ratings to keep Fox in first place to earn the Monday night win.

House averaged a 4.5/12 at 8 p.m., besting Dancing With the Stars (4.1/11) on ABC, though Dancing was first in total viewers with 18.4 million. Big Bang Theory (3.4/10) and How I Met Your Mother (3.7/10) earned an average 3.6/10 for CBS. NBC finished fourth at 2.3/6 with the season finale of Chuck. The CW’s Gossip Girl was fifth at 1.0/3.

CBS took first place at 9 with Two and a Half Men (4.9/12) and Rules of Engagement (3.9/10) delivering a 4.4/11. Two and a Half Men earned the highest-rated half hour on the night. ABC stayed in second at 3.6/9 and were again first in viewers with 15.1 million. The last half hour of Dancing With the Stars at 9 earned a 4.7/12 with 20.4 million viewers, the most-watched half hour of the night. The sitcom Surviving Suburbia at 9:30 dropped to fourth with a 2.4/6.  Fox fell to third with 24 pulling a 3.4/8. NBC was next at 3.0/7 for the season finale of Heroes. One Tree Hill on the CW came in fifth at 1.1/3.

CBS took over first place at 10 with CSI: Miami delivering a 3.3/9 and 11.9 million viewers. NBC was next at 2.2/6 for Medium. ABC’s Castle was third at 2.1/6.

Overall Fox edged out CBS by just 0.1 ratings point with a 3.9/10 to CBS’ 3.8/10.  ABC was third at 3.2/9 but first in viewers with 13.9 million.  NBC came in at 2.5/7 with the CW in fifth at 1.0/3.