Monday still strong for CBS

Comedies top night in demos; 'Hawaii' hot at 10

Five weeks into the Ashton Kutcher era on ”Two and a Half Men,” CBS continues to look good on Monday, ruling as the night’s No. 1 broadcaster among adults 18-49. The net’s comedies claimed the top four spots for the night, while second-year drama ”Hawaii Five-0” controlled the final hour in demos.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”How I Met Your Mother” (4.1/12 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) was up week to week and won its 8 o’clock half-hour by 4 shares in 18-49. It was followed by hot rookie ”2 Broke Girls” (4.3/11 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall), which was on par with last week and again provided a nice bridge between ”Mother” and 9 p.m. anchor ”Two and a Half Men” (5.2/13 in 18-49, 14.9 million viewers overall), which declined a bit more but still ruled as Monday’s No. 1 entertainment series in all key demos. ”Mike and Molly” held steady at 9:30 p.m. (3.9/9 in 18-49, 11.6 million viewers overall), the top Big Four show in demos, and the net remained on top in 18-49 and 25-54 at 10 p.m. with ”Hawaii Five-0” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall), which was up week to week to draw a higher 18-49 score than any 10 p.m. broadcast drama of last week.

ABC saw week-to-week gains for ”Dancing With the Stars” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 17.5 million viewers overall) and ”Castle” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall), placing second among the broadcasters for the night in 18-49 and 25-54 and first in total viewers.

At Fox, ”Terra Nova” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) ran third among the broadcasters among adults 18-49 in the 8 o’clock hour , up from its performance last week (2.5/6 in 18-49) when a baseball game delayed its start by nearly an hour in most of the country, but down from the 3.1 it scored for its first two airings. And at 9, ”House” (3.1/7 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall) placed third among the Big Four but was just 1 share behind ABC.

NBC had another weak Monday showing, though ”The Sing Off” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) and its 10 p.m. repeat of ”Prime Suspect” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) edged up a tick week to week. Net is expected to finish behind sister cable network USA in 18-49 for a second straight week.

At CW, ”Gossip Girl” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) was in line with last week, and rookie lead-out ”Hart of Dixie” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) built on ”Gossip” and was up week to week. (The net’s numbers could change in the nationals due to a preemption in Miami for an NFL game.)

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 4.0/10; ABC, 3.0/8; Fox, 2.9/7; Univision, 1.5/4; NBC, 1.3/3; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 15.5 million; CBS, 11.5 million; Fox, 8.2 million; NBC, 3.8 million; Univision, 3.4 million; CW, 1.5 million.

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