CBS Owns Monday Sweeps

CBS' Two and a Half MenHeading into the last days of the November sweeps, CBS still holds court on Monday--if not the entire month overall.

CBS earned a Nielsen preliminary 4.1 rating/10 share among 18-49 viewers, just a tick down from last week's 4.2/10. Like clockwork, its shows continue to pace at about the same levels--with the biggest results of the night from "Two and a Half Men," earning a 5.3/12.

Other strong performers for the night were "How I Met Your Mother" at a 4.3/11, followed by "The Big Bang Theory" at 8 p.m. and "CSI: Miami" at 10. Both received a 3.9/10. The latter easily won its time period, although it was down from its 4.2/11 number of a week ago.

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" lifted the pace versus a week before, now at a 4.7/12 for a two-hour special program. The show is moving toward its results finale on Tuesday. ABC's other two shows of the night--"Samantha Who?" and "Boston Legal"--posted better results than the week before: "Who?" now at a 3.2/8 and "Legal" at a 2.4/6.

Overall, ABC was at a 3.7/9, good for second place. Before Monday night, CBS and ABC were tied for the November sweeps lead among adults 18-49 with a 3.1 average rating.

NBC was next on Monday night at a 2.7/7, the same level as a week ago. "Heroes" at 9 p.m. took the same numbers as a week ago, with a 3.6/8. "Chuck" slipped one-tenth of a rating point to a 2.5/6.

Fox's struggling "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" also went down slightly, to a 1.8/5 from a 1.9/5 the week before. "Prison Break" also lost some steam: it sank to a 2.1/5 from a 2.2/5.

Univision came in at a 1.7/4 and the CW finished at a 0.8/2. The latter ran a "One Tree Hill" repeat at 8 p.m. and an original at 9 p.m. The original got a 1.5/4 among its more core 18-34 viewers, down from its 2.0/5 of a week ago.

Time

Network

Show

18-49 Rating/Share

18-34 Rating/Share

8:00

ABC

Dancing With The Stars

4.5/12

3.2/9

CBS

The Big Bang Theory

3.9/10

3.2/10

NBC

Chuck

2.5/6

2.1/6

Univision

Cuidado con el Angel

1.8/5

2.1/6

FOX

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

1.8/4

1.4/4

CW

One Tree Hill (R)

0.6/2

0.8/2

8:30

CBS

How I Met Your Mother

4.3/11

3.7/10

9:00

ABC

Dancing With The Stars

4.8/12

3.4/9

CBS

Two and a Half Men

5.3/12

3.5/9

NBC

Heroes

3.6/8

3.7/9

FOX

Prison Break

2.1/5

2.0/5

Univision

Fuego en la Sangre

1.8/4

2.0/5

CW

One Tree Hill

1.0/2

1.5/4

9:30

ABC

Samantha Who?

3.2/8

2.3/6

CBS

Worst Week

3.3/8

2.1/5

10:00

CBS

CSI: Miami

3.9/10

2.6/7

ABC

Boston Legal

2.4/6

1.6/4

NBC

My Own Worst Enemy

1.9/5

1.6/4

Univision

Cristina

1.4/4

1.5/5

Source: Nielsen Media Research -- preliminary/overnight results

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