Good Monday script for CBS, CW

Nets' series on the rise, including Kutcher's 'Men'

CBS appears to have notched a victory in key demos on Monday behind its strong comedy block , led by ”Two and a Half Men” , and drama ”Hawaii Five-0,” all of which were up vs. last week. Another network that benefited from a lack of scripted competition was CW, whose ”Hart of Dixie” established a series high.

According to preliminary, affiliate-based estimates from Nielsen, the Eye remained potent in Monday’s opening hour with vet ”How I Met Your Mother” (4.3/12 in 18-49 and 9.9 million viewers overall) and rookie ”2 Broke Girls” (4.6/11 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall), which again built on the 18-49 rating of its lead-in. They were followed by ”Two and a Half Men” (5.6/13 in 18-49, 15.5 million viewers overall), which saw its first ratings uptick following four weeks of declines and remained the night’s No. 1 series in demos, and ”Mike and Molly” (4.4/10 in 18-49, 12.7 million viewers overall), the biggest of the CBS gainers on the night. And closing things out, ”Hawaii Five-0” was also up (3.3/8 in 18-49, 11.0 million viewers overall). Note that ratings for CBS programs could be revised down a bit in the nationals due to a preemption for Ravens football in Baltimore.

Ratings for baseball are sketchy since the game extended until about 11:40 p.m. ET, but the Texas Rangers’ victory over the St. Louis Cardinals averaged a 3.8 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 13 million viewers overall on Fox’s stations from 8 to 11 p.m.; these averages will rise in the nationals, giving Fox a chance of catching or passing CBS for the night’s bragging honors in 18-49. Last year’s Game 5, the final contest in the series between the Rangers and San Francisco Giants, did a 4.2/11 in 18-49 and 15 million viewers overall in the nationals.

Though baseball did well for Fox, the absence of the net’s scripted dramas ”Terra Nova” and ”House” appeared to have a positive effect on the evening’s scripted offerings , and that included CW. ”Gossip Girl” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall) held steady in 18-49 and grew in female demos and total viewers. And at 9, ”Hart of Dixie” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall) was up by nice margins across the board, including a series high in adults 18-34 (0.9/2).

ABC appears to be down slightly week to week with its lineup of ”Dancing With the Stars” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 17.0 million viewers overall) and ”Castle” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall), with ”Dancing” remaining the night’s most-watched show overall.

And NBC continues to struggle on the night with ”The Sing Off” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) and its special repeat of ”Prime Suspect” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall). Newsmag ”Rock Center” takes over the 10 p.m. slot beginning next week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 4.2/10; Fox, 3.8/10; ABC, 2.9/7; Univision, 1.3/3; NBC, 1.2/3; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 15.0 million; Fox, 13.0 million; CBS, 11.9 million; NBC, 3.6 million; Univision, 3.1 million; CW, 1.7 million.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More TV News from Variety

Loading