With the contestants whittled down to three, The Bachelor is gaining momentum.
The ABC program averaged more than 10.3 million viewers over its two hours (starting at 8/7c), beating CBS' comedy block and Fox's drama block. It was also No. 1 among women 18-to-34 and 18-to-49 for the eighth straight week, according to Nielsen figures.
It all added up to helping ABC outdo CBS in both total viewers and the demos.
In the first hour of Monday's prime time, Fox's House called on 10.4 million viewers, outpacing How I Met Your Mother (9.4 million) and Mad Love (down to 8 million from last week's 8.8 million) on CBS; Chuck (5.5 million) on NBC and 90210 (1.5 million) on the CW.
At 9/8c, yet another rehab-induced rerun of Two and a Half Men had the most viewers in prime time — 11.5 million — though it was down significantly from the numbers it usually posts for new episodes, and dragged down its CBS lead-out. (Men is scheduled to resume production Monday.) Fox's The Chicago Code totaled nearly 8 million, and CW's Gossip Girl was up 23 percent in total viewers, drawing 1.6 million.
At 9:30, CBS' Mike & Molly drew an audience of 11.3 million viewers.