Fox drama duo solid; ABC's 'Dancing' down again

CBS led the broadcast pack on the first Monday of October, as ”Two and a Half Men” was again clearly the No. 1 show of the night in key demos, lifting the entire block to impressive numbers. Fox’s ”Terra Nova” held up nicely in its second outing, while the net’s ”House” looked good in its season opener.

Also, ABC’s ”Dancing With the Stars” declined again, while competing reality show ”The Sing Off” on NBC was on the rise. And Univision saw its finale of telenovela ”Teresa” perform very well.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS again opened a demo winner with ”How I Met Your Mother” (4.5/12 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall), and newcomer ”2 Broke Girls” (4.4/11 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall) roughly matched its lead-in in demos and built a bit in total viewers. And though ratings again declined for ”Two and a Half Men” (off another 18% in the prelims), its numbers (6.1/14 in 18-49, 17.3 million viewers overall) were the best for any show on the night and well ahead of last year’s third week of the show. ”Mike and Molly” followed at 9:30 p.m. (4.3/10 in 18-49, 13.2 million viewers overall), losing less of its audience than lead-in ”Men” and staying ahead of both Fox’s ”House” and ABC’s ”Dancing.” ”Hawaii Five-0” closed things out (3.2/8 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall), holding steady week to week and topping its drama competition once again in all key demos.

For the night, CBS was the No. 1 broadcaster among adults 18-49 during all six half-hours.

At Fox, ”Terra Nova” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) dipped just 3% from its solid but unspectacular bow of last week. It and the season premiere of ”House” (3.9/9 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) provided the net with growth over last year when ”House” led off the night, followed by ”Lie to Me” (in for the failed ”Lone Star”). ”House,” with its first original episode in the 9 o’clock slot, came within 7% of its year-ago premiere.

ABC’s ”Dancing With the Stars” continued to drop (3.1/7 in 18-49, 16.5 million viewers overall), off 6% week to week and more than 25% year-to-year. And despite that lesser lead-in, 10 p.m. drama ”Castle” (2.6/6 in 18-49, 11.6 million viewers overall) managed to match its year-ago delivery, though it was down week to week. The Alphabet still won the night in total viewers.

NBC’s ”The Sing Off” was up a tick (1.8/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), pulling to within 3 shares of ABC’s ”Dancing” in 18-49 and just 2 shares back in 18-34. ”The Playboy Club” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) went the other direction, down a tick vs. last week.

At Univision, the finale of ”Teresa” averaged a strong 2.9/7 in adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., with its demo average well above NBC’s ”Sing Off” and only a couple of ticks lower than ABC’s ”Dancing.”

CW’s new 9 p.m. drama ”Hart of Dixie” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) again built a bit on its lead-in from ”Gossip Girl” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall), and was up week to week in some categories, though the net’s numbers are subject to revision due to a preemption in Indianapolis for an NFL game.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 4.3/10; Fox, 3.4/8; ABC, 2.9/7; Univision, 2.7/7; NBC, 1.6/4; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 14.9 million; CBS, 12.4 million; Fox, 9.0 million; Univision, 6.1 million; NBC, 4.4 million; CW, 1.6 million.

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