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Ratings: Monday newbies take a hit

Sports action overwhelms same-night series viewing

On a night when a big NFL game and a postseason baseball game dominating live viewing, ratings for Monday’s top entertainment shows — including CBS newcomers “Hawaii Five-0” and “Mike and Molly” — took a hit.

NBC rookies “The Event” and “Chase” joined the Eye pair in posting their lowest scores to date, while vets “House” on Fox and “Two and a Half Men” on CBS were also a bit below par, though the latter comedy should stand as the night’s top entertainment series in adults 18-49. These nets will hope that ratings for their shows look a little healthier when three-day DVR playback is included.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, ABC appeared to have led the broadcast pack for the night in both young adults and total viewers, although the demo victory is a bit shaky as these affiliate-based early numbers include viewership for the “Monday Night Football” game in Minneapolis. “Dancing With the Stars” averaged a 4.1/10 in 18-49 and 19.8 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., followed by “Castle” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall), whose numbers are likely to fall more than the hoofing hit.

At CBS, “How I Met Your Mother” remains strong kicking off the night (3.4/9 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall), and “Rules of Engagement” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) continues to do a fairly good job of bridging “Mother” and 9 p.m. vet “Two and a Half Men” (4.3/10 in 18-49, 13.2 million viewers overall). They were followed by “Mike and Molly” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) and “Hawaii Five-0” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall), both down roughly four-tenths of a ratings point week to week.

Fox saw “House” (3.6/10 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) decline by about four-tenths week to week to finish second to ABC’s “Dancing” in the 8 o’clock hour, and “Lie to Me” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) was down two-tenths.

NBC held steady at 8 p.m. with “Chuck” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall), and new dramas “The Event” (2.2/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) and “Chase” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) both lost a couple of ticks week to week.

CW’s “90210” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) was flat vs. the previous week, while “Gossip Girl” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) was down slightly.

ESPN was expected to dominate the night with its marquee NFL “Monday Night Football” matchup between the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings; game started later than usual (roughly 9:20 p.m. ET) due to a lightning delay. Baseball also was a factor in the primetime mix, especially in Atlanta, whose Braves’ season came to an end with a loss to the San Francisco Giants in the opening round of the postseason.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 3.8/10; CBS, 3.4/9; NBC, 2.7/7; NBC, 1.9/5; Univision, 1.8/5; CW, 0.9/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 17.2 million; CBS, 10.3 million; Fox, 7.5 million; NBC, 5.6 million; Univision, 4.2 million; CW, 1.8 million.

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