Despite airing a evening full of repeats, CBS won the Monday night ratings race.
Eye had the top four shows — its 8-10 p.m. sitcom lineup — and won in every half-hour timeslot throughout the course of the night.
Best for CBS was 8:30 p.m. laffer “2 Broke Girls,” which scored a 3.3 rating/8 share in the 18-49 demo, with 9.1 million viewers overall. Lead-out “Two and a Half Men” (3.1/7, 9.6 m) was the most-watched show of the night.
First up for CBS was “How I Met Your Mother” (2.9/8, 7.9m), which remains a bonafide success story in its seventh season. At 9:30 p.m. “Mike & Molly” (2.7/6, 8.5m) remains a solid player.
In the 8 o’clock hour, a pair of annual ABC specials rated second behind CBS. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2.5/7, 7.6m) was up 12% in total viewers from a year ago, and “Shrek the Halls” (2.6/6, 7.6m) saw a slight uptick as well.
Fox’s dino drama “Terra Nova” (2.2/6, 7.1m) was a disappointment in that it performed relatively flat in the demo from a week ago, and that was against a lineup CBS originals. Fox, however, was second best in the 9 p.m. hour with “House” (2.6/6, 7.3m), and that was enough to give the net a second-place finish after the Eye.
Also in the hour, ABC’s gameshow skein “You Deserve It” (1.4/3, 4.3m) dropped slightly in its second week.
At NBC, two-hour finale of “The Sing Off” (1.7/4, 6.4m) took a significant 37% drop-off from last year’s final episode.
The only original programming at 10 p.m. was the Peacock’s rookie newsmagazine “Rock Center With Brian Williams” (1.2/3, 4.9). That placed third, however, behind “Hawaii Five-0” (2.1/5, 7.8m) and “Castle” (1.3/3, 5.5m).
Over at the CW, 9 p.m. drama “Hart of Dixie” (0.8/2, 1.8m) hit a series high in the women’s demos, as well as in adults 18-34. “Gossip Girl” (0.6/2, 1.3m) led off the night for net slightly down from a week ago.
Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.7/7; Fox, 2.4/6; ABC, 1.7/4; NBC, 1.5/4; Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.7/2.
In total viewers: CBS, 8.5 million; Fox, 7.2 million; NBC, 5.9 million; ABC, 5.8 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 1.6 million.