Ratings: CBS Dominates With Fresh Monday Fare, Bachelor Ben Not So Big

CBS refused to be Bowl’d over by ESPN’s college football coverage and handily topped its Monday broadcast rivals in both total viewers and in the coveted 18-49 demo. Meanwhile, ABC’s Bachelor Ben looked to be a bit soft compared to the dating show’s previous cycle.

Going hour-by-hour, here’s what we’ve got:

8 pm | How I Met Your Mother, with 10.22 million total viewers and a 3.9 rating, was down 13 percent from its especially high fall finale, while 2 Broke Girls (12 mil/4.3) inched up a bit in the demo versus its last fresh outing. The Bachelor premiere (7.74 mil/2.4) fell 13 and 17 percent from a year ago, and NBC’s Who’s Still Standing? (5.6 mil/1.5) held steady.

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9 pm | Two and a Half Men returned as Monday’s highest-rated and most-watched program, drawing 13.8 million total viewers while scoring a 4.4 in the demo. Mike & Molly led out of that with 11.9 mil and a 3.8. Fear Factor matched the back half of The Bachelor in the demo, holding steady with a 2.5 rating while dipping a bit to 5.9 million total viewers.

10 pm | Hawaii Five-0 trounced all comers with 11.7 million viewers and a 2.9 rating, up 7 and 4 percent from its last fresh eppy. ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap sneak peek’d to 6.3 mil and a 2.4 rating. NBC’s Rock Center placed a distant third with 3.85 mil and a 1.2 rating.

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What were you tuned into this Monday night?