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?

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13 Comments
  1. Angie says:

    What about the numbers for The Lying Game? So curious to see how Charisma Carpenter’s fans tuned in! I was there!! Love her,miss her being on television!

    • Shiv says:

      Yup! For once I’m more excited to see the ratings for cable network (specifically ABC Family for PLL and TLG).

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        As the ratings report regulars know, cable numbers come in much later — sometimes at least a whole 24 hours later. ABCF knows to gimme a holler the instant they have something to share ;)

  2. kevin says:

    Hawaii Five-O still rolling and if people may have missed last night’s WWE Raw Supershow, it was the return of Y2J Chris Jericho.

  3. Gina says:

    Hawaii got a 2.9. not a 3. Honestly I was hoping for more, after all it was the only scripted show at that time, no Castle and nothing on NBC and it got a huge lead in from Mike&Molly. For whatever reason Hawaii always drops a lot from the comedies.Pretty bad.Never a good sign such a huge drop.

  4. Mikaylah says:

    I don’t think the Hawaii Five-0 drop is such a big deal, as long as it is competing with other shows in its time block. I think it even managed to out do a new Castle a few weeks ago.

  5. JJ says:

    When will ABC stop casting the Bachelor losers? This guy is single and lives in the middle of nowhere so he’s not exactly a “bachelor” who has a lot of options.

    Can’t they find a guy who’s a genuine bachelor looking to marry and not just a reality tv runner-up? He came in second place for a reason.

  6. fernando says:

    I hope Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game came back strong.

  7. sarah says:

    I love Hawaii Five 0! Hope it is around for a long time! I need my weekly Alex O’loughlin fix!
    I was going to watch the Bachelor as I liked Ben on Ashley’s season of the Bachelorette but once I found out who he chose I almost got sick so I decided to not waste my time…

  8. Sean says:

    Cbs comedies are really doing amazing, but what’s up with Hawaii five-0.?? CBS really drops at 10 pm in the demo, seems like after Mike&Molly all the old folks stay but a lot of young viewers go away. I think it should be a concern for CBS, they are able to keep the young viewers for 2 hours, but they lose a lot the moment Hawaii starts.

  9. Hugh says:

    Hawaii 5-O is such a good show. They hit a home run with this re-boot!!

  10. Grace says:

    I watched [H]OUSE!!!
    I LOVE [H]OUSE!!!
    Here’s to season 9 of [H]OUSE!!

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