Fox’s long-in-the-making Terra Nova on Monday night premiered to solid (though not astoundingly dino-mite) numbers — 9.2 million total viewers and a 3.1 demo rating — and held steady throughout its two-hour run.
The other show many eyes were on — Two and a Half Men and Part 2 of its season opener — was expectedly down some 30 percent from last week’s all-time high (28.7 million viewers/10.7 demo rating). But make no mistake, Men is still outperforming Charlie Sheen’s unplanned February swan song episode, by 38 and 71 percent, respectively.
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Men‘s strong showing helped Mike & Molly premiere to all-time highs in total viewers (14 mil) and in the demo (with a 4.9), swelling 26 and 15 percent from its year-ago debut.
Elsewhere for CBS, 2 Broke Girls settled into its regular 8:30 pm time slot with 11.6 million viewers and a 4.5 rating, up 40 percent from what Rules of Engagement did here a year ago. Leading into that, How I Met Your Mother (10.6 mil/4.4) dipped about 10 percent from its own premiere.
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Over at The CW, they’re whistling Hart of Dixie (1.8 mil/0.8), as the freshman charmer built on its Gossip Girl (1.4 mil/0.8 rating) lead-in by 29 percent in total viewers — and saw its own tallies grow throughout the hour — even opposite stiffer competition. (That one was for you, Walden Schmidt!) Gossip Girl itself dropped 26 percent in viewers from last year’s premiere, and was down a tenth in the demo.
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Elsewhere on the night:
* Dancing With the Stars (16 million total viewers/3.3 demo rating) dropped double digits to deliver its lowest-rated performance show ever.
* NBC’s The Sing-Off this week mustered just 4.4 million viewers and a 1.7 rating, down 8 and 10 percent from its opener.
* In the 10 o’clock hour, Castle (11.9 mil/2.9) was down 10 percent but still led in viewers, while Hawaii Five-0 (11.1 mil/3.3) topped the demos. The doors to NBC’s Playboy Club closed just a bit more, as the freshman drama dropped 19 percent from its debut, to under 4 million viewers and a 1.3 demo rating.
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