The series premiere of Fox’s Alcatraz captured 10 million total viewers and scored a 3.3 demo rating on Monday night, delivering 10-percent better numbers than Terra Nova‘s own two-hour opener. The supernatural procedural also gave Fox its drama series debut in three years (since Lie to Me).
The night’s other big draw was golden girl Betty White, whose 8 o’clock birthday special on NBC averaged nearly 14 million total viewers and a 2.7 demo rating, growing audience with every half hour. Betty White’s Off Their Rockers then pranked 12.2 mil at 9:30, while scoring a 2.6 rating. Those tallies represent well more than double the most recent audiences for Who’s Still Standing? and Fear Factor, and markedly better demos.
Elsewhere on the night:
8 pm | How I Met Your Mother (10.1 mil/4.4) and 2 Broke Girls (11.3 mil/4.5) both saw gains in the demo, with the latter leading the hour. In fourth (behind Alcatraz), The Bachelor (7.4 mil/2.4) was up 9 percent. The CW’s Gossip Girl resumed its season with an audience of 1.3 million and a 0.6 rating, flat versus its fall finale.
9 pm | Two and a Half Men placed (gasp!) second in total viewers for the night, drawing 12.9 million while scoring a 4.6 rating (up a tenth). Mike & Molly (11.17 mil/3.8) shed just a few eyeballs but was steady in the demo.
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10 pm | Hawaii Five-0 copped the No. 1 spot in both total viewers (with 10.5 mil, down 12 percent) and in the demo (2.8), as Castle (9.4 mil/2.3) dipped in audience. NBC’s Rock Center (5.57 mil/1.3) surged more than 80 percent.