NBC: 7.42 million, CBS: 7.13, Fox: 6.41, ABC: 5.24, CW: 3.20
Fox: 2.5 rating/6 share, CBS: 2.2/ 6, NBC: 2.0/ 5, CW: 1.6/ 4, ABC: 1.5/ 4
Ratings: NBC and FOX split Monday*
NBC grabbed the most viewers among the broadcast networks Monday night, but FOX managed to score a victory in the demographic advertisers care about most.
(*Which is not to say that either one was necessarily the most-watched network on the night. That honor will probably go to ESPN, which debuted a new season of Monday Night Football and whose ratings weren't available as of this writing.)
NBC averaged a 4.9 rating/8 share in primetime, edging the 4.8/8 for second-place CBS. FOX took third overall with a 4.0/6. ABC, 3.5/6, came in fourth, and The CW trailed at 2.2/3.
FOX grabbed the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 2.5 rating. CBS took second in the demographic at 2.2, followed by NBC at 2.0. The CW, 1.6, narrowly beat ABC, 1.5, for fourth.
Deal or No Deal, 6.2/10, put NBC on top at 8 p.m. The season premiere of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles drew a 4.1/6 for FOX. Repeats of The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother finished third for CBS. The finale of High School Musical: Get in the Picture, 2.8/4, on ABC beat out Gossip Girl, 2.2/3, on The CW.
CBS took the lead at 9 p.m. with Two and a Half Men, 6.1/9, and The New Adventures of Old Christine, 5.0/7. ABC finished second in households with the CMA Music Festival, 4.2/6, but it trailed in total viewers behind both FOX's Prison Break (4.0/6) and NBC's America's Toughest Jobs (also 4.0/6). One Tree Hill held steady for The CW.
A CSI: Miami rerun, 5.1/8, held the top spot for CBS at 10 p.m. Dateline posted a 4.3/7 for NBC, while the CMA Music Festival on ABC fell to 3.6/6.