CBS wins highly competitive ratings race

'Mother,' 'Big Bang' win over Fox, ABC

CBS won a very competitive Monday night behind the best 18-49 demo of the season for “How I Met Your Mother” and another strong showing of “The Big Bang Theory.” Close behind was Fox, with new episodes of “House” and “Lie,” while ABC took third with this season’s penultimate showing of “Dancing With the Stars.”

“The Big Bang Theory” was best with a 5.2 rating/13 share in the 18-49 demo and was viewed by a season-high 14.2 million viewers. “Two and a Half Men” (4.7/12, 13.9m) continues to be a potent lead-in while “How I Met Your Mother” (3.7/10, 8.7m) and “Accidentally on Purpose” (3.2/8, 7.8m) sets up the 8 o’clock hour nicely for the Eye.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (4.1/10) — the final episode of the season for performances and down 13% from last fall’s performance finale — was the most-watched show on Monday, as 20.5 million tuned in. Debut of half-hour “Find My Family” (2.9/7, 12.8m), where grown adopted children search for their birth parents, was a solid performer.

At Fox, “House” (4.5/12, 11.8m) took a bit of a hit from “Dancing.” “Lie to Me” (2.7/7, 7.2m) was on par with the previous week.

NBC offered a slightly improved “Heroes” (2.3/6, 5.1m) and “Trauma” (1.6/4, 5.3m), with the latter hitting a season low. Skein was recently given a vote of confidence by the Peacock with three additional episodes ordered.

At 10 p.m. “CSI: Miami” (3.7/10, 13.1m) defeated “Castle” (2.7/7, 10.4m) and “The Jay Leno Show” (1.4/4, 4.5m).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 4.0/10; Fox, 3.6/9; ABC, 3.4/9; NBC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 0.6/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 15.8 million; CBS, 11.8 million; Fox, 9.5 million; NBC, 5 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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