10/18/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"Gossip Girl," "One Tree Hill" Lift CW To Best Monday Ever

The perpetual fifth-wheel network is starting to look like a big-league player on Monday nights.

The CW had its highest-rated Monday in the network's history as "Gossip Girl" hit another series high and "One Tree Hill" delivered its strongest number in nearly two years.

The third episode of "Gossip" this season (3.7 million viewers, 2.0 rating/5 share in adults 18-49) was up 18% from its previous two episodes. The stronger lead-in boosted the veteran "Tree" (3.4 million, 1.8/4) at 9 p.m., and the gains put the CW into second place among broadcast networks for the evening.

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