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Fox’s ‘Alcatraz’ solid in second week

Rookie, vet 'House' win hours as CBS airs repeats

CBS aired repeats Monday, opening things up for rival nets to post some ratings gains. Fox’s ”House” returned from its hiatus a winner, and the net’s ”Alcatraz” held onto most of its premiere audience in its second outing.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”House” (3.1 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) led the 8 o’clock hour in all categories, rising 19% from its most recent original in late November. It was followed by the second week of ”Alcatraz” (3.0/7 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall), which looked like a good fit with ”House” and retained about 90% of its premiere-week audience; it joins Fox’s ”Terra Nova” and ABC’s ”Once Upon a Time” as the season’s only dramas this season to have earned a 3 demo rating or higher in their second telecast.

Fox won the night in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers.

ABC moved up to second in demos as ”The Bachelor” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) grew 13% week to week for a season high. At 10 p.m., drama ”Castle” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) was down a tick week to week in 18-49 and grew some in total viewers, leading the broadcast pack in both categories.

CBS was competitive with repeats of comedies ”How I Met Your Mother” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall), ”2 Broke Girls” (2.6/6 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall), ”Two and a Half Men” (2.9/7 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) and ”Mike and Molly” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall), followed by an encore ”Hawaii Five-0” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall).

NBC saw gameshow ”Who’s Still Standing” edge up to its best Monday demo score to date (1.7/4) while drawing its largest overall audience for any night (6.4 million). And from 9 to 11, a Republican candidates debate airing on ”Rock Center with Brian Williams” averaged a 1.6/4 in 18-49 and 7.1 million viewers overall, ranking third or fourth among the broadcasters in most categories from 9 to 11 but up from its regular 10 p.m. telecast of last week.

CW’s ”Gossip Girl” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) and ”Hart of Dixie” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) posted identical averages, with the former up and the latter down a tick vs. their most recent original episodes. (Due to a preemption in Chicago for Bulls basketball, the net’s numbers are subject to revision in the nationals.)

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.0/8; ABC, 2.5/6; CBS, 2.2/6; NBC, 1.7/4; Univision, 1.6/4; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: ABC and Fox, 8.8 million; CBS, 7.7 million; NBC, 6.9 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 1.6 million.

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