Spanish-language net edges out CBS in young adults

Original programming lifted Spanish-language network Univision to the top of the broadcast ratings heap on Monday, edging out CBS’ all-repeat lineup among young adults. ESPN was expected to dominate overall with its season finale of ”Monday Night Football.”

According to preliminary, affiliate-based national estimates from Nielsen, CBS led the Big Four from 8 to 10 p.m. with encores of comedies ”How I Met Your Mother” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall), ”2 Broke Girls” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall), ”Two and a Half Men” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) and ”Mike and Molly” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall), with ”Men” the night’s top series in both 18-49 and total viewers. Closing things out was a repeat of ”Hawaii Five-0” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), which led its hour in key categories.

Univision aired the two-hour finale of ”Fuerza del Destino” (The Strength of Destiny), which averaged a 2.3/6 in 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers overall, followed by ”Don Francisco Presenta” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), a newsmag that featured the cast of ”Destino.” The net edged out CBS on the night in 18-49 and was easily Monday’s top broadcaster in persons 12-34 (1.9/6).

Ratings for NBC could come down in the nationals due to a preemption in New Orleans for Saints football, but the net hung in there from 8 to 10 p.m. with gameshow ”Who’s Still Standing” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) and a repeat of ”Fear Factor” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall). It remained slow going, though, for 10 p.m. newsmag ”Rock Center with Brian Williams” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall).

ABC had a quiet night with repeats of ”Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) and ”Castle” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) sandwiched between the finale of feel-good gameshow ”You Deserve It” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall). The net’s Atlanta station aired the Falcons’ game against the Saints, so ABC’s meager numbers on the night could come in even lower in the nationals.

Fox aired repeats of ”House” at both 8 (0.9/2 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) and 9 (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall), and CW went with a repeat of theatrical ”The Education of Charlie Banks” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Univision, 2.0/5; CBS, 1.9/5; NBC, 1.4/4; ABC, 0.9/2; Fox, 0.8/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.6 million; NBC, 5.0 million; Univision, 4.8 million; ABC, 3.8 million; Fox, 2.9 million; CW, 0.7 million.

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