The Hills' Spencer and Heidi Pratt, former American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar, and Patti Blagojevich, wife of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, helped NBC reach a tie at the top of the primetime race Monday night with the debut of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here.
The new reality show featuring kind-of celebrities came in tied for first in the opening hour of primetime with a 2.3/7, tied with reruns of CBS' The Big Bang Theory (2.3/8) and How I Met Your Mother (2.3/7). The Bachelorette on ABC was third at 2.0/6. Fox finished at 1.9/6 for a House rerun. The CW came in at 0.4/1 with a rerun of Gossip Girl.
Reruns of Two and a Half Men (3.1/8) and Rules of Engagement (2.8/7) finished first for CBS at 9 with a 2.9/8 and 9.2 million viewers, the highest-rated and most-watched hourly totals on the night. The second hour of I'm A Celebrity was just behind at 2.8/8. The Bachelorette's second hour drew a 2.3/6. Fox was fourth at 1.6/4 for a Bones rerun. A rerun of One Tree Hill finished at 0.3/1.
CBS and NBC again locked into a tie at 10, with both registering a 2.3/6. CBS aired a rerun of CSI: Miami, NBC countered with Medium. Here Come the Newlyweds on ABC drew a 2.1/6.
On the night, CBS and NBC finished at 2.5/7, with CBS earning the most viewers at 8.1 million. ABC came in at 2.1/6. Fox finished with a 1.7/5. The CW was fifth at 0.3/1.
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