Vet comedy leads way; 'Following' down, 'Carrie' up

The Monday following the net’s coverage of the Super Bowl was a super one for CBS as the net won each half-hour in key demos, led by a season high for “How I Met Your Mother.” Also of note, Fox’s “The Following” dropped off some but still looks solid, while CW’s “The Carrie Diaries” set highs with its fourth episode.

“How I Met Your Mother,” featuring the return of the Robin Sparkles persona played by series regular Cobie Smulders, led all shows for the night in adults 18-49 (4.0 rating/11 share) while drawing 10.3 million viewers overall; the veteran comedy, which was recently renewed for a ninth and final season, hasn’t done a better 18-49 score since January of last year. It was followed by the season premiere of “Rules of Engagement” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall), which was off from its Thursday bow of last season (3.6/10) but still handily led at 8:30 p.m. in all categories.

And one night after its curious pole-dancing promo in the Super Bowl, 9 p.m. anchor “2 Broke Girls” (3.6/9 in 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall) was down a tick from its most recent original, though it was the night’s top draw in adults 25-54 (tied with “How I Met Your Mother”) and total viewers. “Mike & Molly” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 10.7 million viewers overall) was also down a bit from its most recent original, and “Hawaii Five-0″ (2.3/6 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall) held steady and again swept its hour.Elsewhere, Fox’s dramas “Bones” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) and “The Following” (2.9/7 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) came down a few ticks week to week opposite the tougher CBS competition. The 9 p.m. rookie still looks good, standing as Monday’s No. 1 drama in 18-49 and 25-54 (3.7/8), building in demos on its lead-in for a third straight week, and outperforming the third episode of “Alcatraz” in the same week a year ago by 26% in 18-49.

ABC’s “The Bachelor” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) held up well opposite the return of the CBS comedies, nearly matching its week-ago deliveries while opening up some distance on NBC’s timeslot reality rival “The Biggest Loser” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), which dropped 13%.

And in the 10 o’clock battle for second opposite “Hawaii Five-0,” it was ABC’s “Castle” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) over NBC’s “Deception” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall), with the former down 10% from its last original two weeks ago and the latter at least holding steady week-to-week despite the softer lead-in.

CW had some good news for its “The Carrie Diaries” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall), whose fourth episode established highs in multiple demos, including women 18-34 (1.1/3), adults 18-34 (0.8/3) and female teens (1.4/5). And holding steady at its low levels in its new 9 p.m. time period was “90210” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.1/8; Fox, 2.6/7; ABC, 2.2/6; NBC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.7/4; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 10.1 million; Fox, 9.0 million; ABC, 8.1 million; NBC, 4.9 million; Univision, 4.0 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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