NBC's 'Sing-Off' hits series high

A lineup of original episodes, including standout comedies “Two and a Half Men” and “How I Met Your Mother,” lifted CBS to a ratings victory over its broadcast rivals on Monday. NBC’s “Sing-Off” also shined, hitting a high and rising nearly 20% from last week.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Two and a Half Men” was the night’s top entertainment series (4.4 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, 14.4 million viewers overall), and the net’s other comedies all ranked among the top 5 shows in demos: “How I Met Your Mother” kicking off the night (3.7/10 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall), “Mike and Molly” at 9:30 p.m. (3.7/9 in 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall) and “Rules of Engagement” at 8:30 p.m. (3.3/9 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall). And first-year drama “Hawaii Five-0” closed things out as the easy broadcast leader at 10 p.m. (2.9/8 in 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall).

CBS dominated its broadcast competition for the night, winning by 2 shares in adults 18-49, by 4 shares in adults 25-54 and drawing nearly 4 million viewers on average more than runner-up NBC.

The Peacock network saw a strong showing for two-hour competition series “The Sing Off” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall), which shot up in 18-49 by 18% week to week and by a whopping 43% year to year; it ranked second to CBS in most categories while winning the 8 to 10 p.m. block in adults 18-34 (3.4/10). A repeat of “Chase” finished off the evening for NBC (1.3/3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall).

Numbers for Fox’s repeats of “House” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) and “Lie to Me” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) are expected to be revised downward in the nationals due to preemptions for NFL football on the network’s stations in New York and Minneapolis.

ABC, meanwhile, put up more puny numbers for its limited-run reality series “Skating With the Stars” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), which was followed by the special “Mariah Carey Christmas” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) and a repeat “Castle” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall).

And CW aired special repeats of its Thursday drama hit “The Vampire Diaries,” averaging a 0.5 rating in both 18-49 and 18-34 for its two hours.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.5/9; NBC, 2.6/7; Fox, 2.1/5; Univision, 1.7/4; ABC, 1.0/3; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.6 million; NBC, 7.8 million; Fox, 6.7 million; ABC, 4.6 million; Univision, 4.2 million; CW, 1.3 million.

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