'Big Bang Theory,' 'Mother' bring in big numbers

CBS prevailed in key demos on the final Monday of the November sweep behind some best-yet numbers for opening-hour laffers “The Big Bang Theory” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Also, the net’s “Two and a Half Men” was the night’s top show among young adults.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “The Big Bang Theory” (3.9 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall) opened the night for CBS by matching its best 18-49 score and drawing its largest overall audience to date. “How I Met Your Mother” (4.3/11 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (5.3/12 in 18-49, 14.9 million viewers overall) picked up from there before the net dropped off as usual at 9:30 with rookie comedy “Worst Week” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall). And “CSI: Miami” (3.9/10 in 18-49, 14.1 million viewers overall) was the top-rated broadcast program at 10 o’clock.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” picked up steam with its final performance edition of the fall (4.8/12 in 18-49, 21.3 million viewers overall), winning its 90-minute block in 18-49 and standing as the night’s most-watched program overall. It was followed by “Samantha Who” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall) and “Boston Legal” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall), which were both a bit above their recent averages.

NBC’s lineup of “Chuck” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), “Heroes” (3.6/9 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) and “My Own Worst Enemy” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) was in line with its November averages, with “Heroes” the broadcast leader in 18-49 in its second half-hour.

Fox had another quiet night with “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and “Prison Break” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), while CW’s “One Tree Hill,” without the benefit of a “Gossip Girl” lead-in, was on the low side with an original episode at 9 o’clock (1.0/2 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 4.1/10; ABC, 3.7/9; NBC, 2.7/7; Fox, 1.9/5; Univision, 1.7/4; CW, 0.8/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 15.5 million; CBS, 12.3 million; NBC, 6.2 million; Fox, 4.9 million; Univision, 4.3 million; CW, 1.8 million.

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