Monday Ratings: CBS Up, Fox Down, ABC's Q&A With Giffords Trumps NBC/Sandusky

CBS this Monday enjoyed across-the-board ratings increases, while Fox’s two dramas took hits. And in a 10 o’clock face-off between big newsmagazine interview gets, the inspirational trumped the disgraceful.

Here’s how it netted out, hour-by-hour….

8 pm | Dancing With the Stars held steady versus a week ago with 18.5 million total viewers and a 3.4 demo rating, and was the night’s most-watched program. CBS’ How I Met Your Mother (10.38 mil/4.5) was up a percentage point or two, as was 2 Broke Girls (11.7 mil/4.8), which scored its best demos since its boffo premiere. Terra Nova, at 7.1 mil and a 2.3, was down 9 and 13 percent, respectively.

The Sing-Off (4.75 mil/1.5) drew a few more eyeballs but was flat in the demo. Gossip Girl matched last week’s 1.24 mil/0.6.

9 pm | Two and a Half Men (14.6 mil/5.3) was up 2 percent in the demo, leading the night in that measure; lead-out Mike & Molly (12.23 mil/4.4) in turn saw a 5 percent bump. House (6.66 mil/2.5) dropped 11 percent. Hart of Dixie (1.6 mil/0.6) rebounded from last week’s drop by gaining 8 percent.

10 pm | 20/20‘s special sitdown with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband led the hour in total viewers, with a robust 13.35 million. Hawaii Five-0 (11.5 mil/3.3) nonetheless saw gains of 11 and 5 percent, hitting best-since-season-premiere numbers. NBC’s Rock Center With Brian Williams, which featured Bob Costas interviewing former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, surged 30 percent week-to-week, to 4.5 mil and a 1.3.

What were you watching this Monday?