Ratings: Two and a Half Men Rises for First Time Since Boffo Premiere, Hart of Dixie Hits High

Sorry, forever-quibbling Charlie, but Two and a Half Men this Monday reversed its downward trend by delivering 15.5 million total viewers and a 5.6 demo rating. Those gains of 2 and 5 percent mark the CBS hitcom’s first week-to-week upticks since opening the season to boffo numbers.

In turn, lead-out Mike & Molly also packed on more than a few percentage points, drawing 12.7 mil and a 4.4 rating.

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Monday’s other big gainer was The CW’s plucky Hart of Dixie, which this week (just barely) bumped against the 2 million viewer ceiling (up 19 percent) and scored a 0.8 rating (up 33 percent), both of which mark series highs for the freshman charmer.

Elsewhere on Monday….

* Dancing With the Stars (17 mil/3.1) was the night’s most-watched program, dipping a bit week-to-week. Similarly, The Sing-Off (4.16 mil/1.5) was down a few percentage points.

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* Pending final numbers, Fox’s coverage of World Series Game 5 seems on par with Game 4, if not down a bit.

* CBS’ sitcombo of How I Met Your Mother (9.9 mil/4.3) and 2 Broke Girls (11.5 mil/4/6) both saw small gains. (Now if the Girls could just lose the creepy and utterly pointless chef, Oleg.) Gossip Girl (1.37 mil/0.6) drew 18 percent more eyeballs while holding steady in the demo.

* At 10 pm, a highly entertaining episode of Castle (11.11 mil/2.5) edged out Hawaii Five-0 (11 .02 mil/3.2) in total viewers, while the CBS crime drama dominated the demo. Both shows were flat week-to-week.

What were you watching this Monday?

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