Ratings: House Stays Healthy, Terra Nova Holds Rock-Steady, CBS' Men Settles Some More

The doctor is in… good condition, even behind bars and minus his leading lady.

Fox’s House kicked off its new season on Monday night with an audience of 9.77 million total viewers and a 3.9 demo rating. That’s down 9 and 7 percent, respectively, from the drama’s year-ago premiere (in the cozier, less-competitive 8 pm time slot), but up double digits from where it left off with its controversial May finale.

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Leading into House was the freshman drama Terra Nova, which with 8.3 million viewers and an adjusted 3.1 rating maintained 100 percent of its premiere’s demo delivery. That gives Terra Nova the best Week 2 retention of any freshman show (with Fox’s New Girl and The X Factor rounding out the Top 3).

The night’s other headlines: Two and a Half Men (17.3 million viewers/6.1 rating) in its third week dropped another 18 percent in the demo. (That said, Ashton is still delivering 19 and 45 percent larger numbers that Mr. Sheen’s February swan song.) Also, The CW’s Hart of Dixie, now opposite heavy hitter House, held steady and even grew in its second half hour, averaging 1.8 mil and a 0.8.

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Elsewhere:

8 pm | Dancing With the Stars (16.5 million viewers/3.1 rating) added a few viewers but dipped 6 percent to deliver its lowest-rated performance show ever. The CBS sitcombo of How I Met Your Mother (10.5 mil/4.5) and 2 Broke Girls (11.4 mil/4.4) held steady, The Sing-Off (4.9 mil/1.8) was up a tick, and Gossip Girl (1.45 mil/0.7) drew a few more eyeballs while staying flat in the demo.

9 pm | Leading out of Monday’s most-watched program, Mike & Molly (13.24 mil/4.3) dipped 10 percent in the demo from its premiere.

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10 pm | Castle (11.6 million viewers/2.6) led in total audience but dropped 16 percent in the demo, placing behind a rock-steady Hawaii Five-0 (10.9 mil/3.2). NBC’s The Playboy Club (3.39 mil/1.2) was down 15 and 8 percent, in its third week.

What was your must-see Monday TV?