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CBS led the broadcast nets in most key ratings categories Monday night, powered by one of the stronger showings of the season for anchor comedy “Two and a Half Men.” NBC, meanwhile, didn’t do much with its original holiday movie “A Year Without Santa Claus.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Two and a Half Men” was the top-rated broadcast program of the night in adults 18-49 (5.2 rating/13 share, 15.8 million viewers overall), coming in nearly 10% above its season average. It was an unusual rest of the night for the Eye, though, as “How I Met Your Mother” (3.0/9 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) and “CSI: Miami” (4.8/13 in 18-49, 15.9 million viewers overall) were both at season-low levels for firstrun episodes. Net’s satellite laffers — “The Class” at 8:30 (3.1/8 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) and “Old Christine” at 9:30 (4.2/11 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall) — held up better.

NBC dominated the opening hour as usual with gamer “Deal or No Deal” (4.5/12 in 18-49, 16.6 million viewers overall) but lagged its rivals from 9 to 11 with the premiere of telepic “A Year Without Santa Claus” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), starring John Goodman as Saint Nick.       

Numbers for ABC are expected to be revised downward in the nationals due to a football preemption in Chicago for the Bears game, but the net was paced by “Supernanny” at 9 (3.3/8 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) and a repeat of “Wife Swap” at 8 (2.7/8 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall). At 10, “What About Brian” continued its struggles (2.5/7 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall).

Fox punted on the night, with a special pair of “House” repeats settling for a 2.5/7 in 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers overall.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 4.2/11; NBC, 3.2/8; ABC, 2.9/8; Fox, 2.5/7; Univision, 1.7/5; CW, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.9 million; NBC, 10.5 million; ABC, 7.3 million; Fox, 6.8 million; Univision, 4.0 million; CW, 2.9 million.