'Men' Beats Rivals, Beefs Up CBS Lineup

by , Oct 18, 2011, 12:00 AM
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Two and a Half MenAlthough it declined in ratings from its crazy heights in its initial episodes, CBS' "Two and A Half Men" continues to lead all comers on Monday night by a wide margin. Versus the week before, the show fell over 10% to a Nielsen preliminary 5.2 rating/13 share among 18-49 viewers.

This and CBS' other comedies gave the network another easy win on Monday, with an average 4.0/10 -- a full point over ABC's 3.0/8 and Fox's 2.9/7. NBC was well behind with a 1.3/3. These numbers were virtually the same versus a week ago: CBS was at a 3.9/9; ABC, a 2.9/7; Fox, a 2.7/7, and NBC a 1.2/3.

CBS "How I Met Your Mother" was up a tenth of a rating point to a 4.1/12, while "2 Broke Girls" was virtually the same at a 4.3/11, as was "Mike & Molly" at 3.9/9.

Fox had some improvement -- thanks to the absence of the baseball playoff disruptions. At 8 p.m., its new "Terra Nova" grew almost 10% to a 2.7/7, while "House" at 9 p.m. gained more, risiing to a 3.1/7.

ABC also gained. "Dancing with the Stars" between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. was up almost 10% to a 3.2/8; with "Castle" at 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. gaining more than 20% -- recovering from its series low -- to a 2.6/7.

NBC's "The Sing Off" was up a bit to a 1.6/4 at 8 p.m., with a repeat of "Prime Suspect" at a 0.8/2.

CW's "Gossip Girl" and "Hart of Dixie" combined for a 11% gain in key women 18-34 viewers, and a 14% improvement among all adult 18-34 viewers.

Univision grew one-tenth of a rating point on Monday among 18-49 viewers to a 1.5/4 from the week before.

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