CBS Comedies Boost Early Midseason Monday Night
CBS continues to roll on Monday as all networks fully start up new programming for midseason.
All CBS shows are either up or even with their ratings of the week before. The network's mostly comedy-focused lineup pulled in a Nielsen preliminary 3.3 rating/8 share among 18-49 viewers, followed by ABC well back at 2.2/6. NBC and Fox were tied, just a tick behind, at a 2.1/5; Univision had a 1.6/4; and CW was at a 0.5/1.
A week before on Monday, NBC led the way -- against mostly rerun programming on the night. NBC scored a 2.2/6, followed by ABC at 2.1/5, Univision with 1.5/4; CBS at 1.4/4, Fox with 0.9/2; and CW at 0.4/1.
Two CBS comedies led the way -- "2 Broke Girls" at 9 p.m. scored a 4.1/10, and "How I Met Your Mother" pulled in a 3.8/10 -- hitting a season high. "Mike & Molly" grabbed a 3.5/9 and "Hawaii Five-0" earned a 2.4/6. Even a rerun of its now powerful Thursday night comedy, "The Big Bang Theory," earned a strong 3.6/9.
ABC and NBC took a back seat with their respective early evening reality programming. Two hours each worth of "The Bachelor" and "The Biggest Loser" between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. earned both shows a 2.4/6. Both those results were virtually the same as preliminary ratings of the week before.
Two new shows also figured in the Monday night results: The second episode of NBC's new midseason drama -- "Deception," at 10 p.m. -- sank to a 1.6 rating/4 share, down from a 2.0 rating of a week before.
CW's "The Carrie Diaries," a pre-quel of sorts to HBO's "Sex in the City," had a slow start for its 8 p.m. time slot series debut -- just a 0.6/2 among 18-49 viewers and 1.6 million viewers overall. A rerun of the show at 9 p.m. registered a 0.4/1 and 930,000 total viewers.