Fox’s new one-two punch of House and Alcatraz combined this Monday to give the network the win in both total viewers as well as in the coveted 18-to-49 demo, as CBS’ sitcom line-up idled in repeat mode.
House returned from its eight-week holiday break with a 19-percent gain, delivering an audience of 8.7 million total viewers — its best haul since the Oct. 3 season opener — and a night-leading 3.1 demo rating.
Alcatraz led out of that with just shy of 9 million viewers and a 3.0 rating, down 10 percent from its week-ago two-hour debut.
Monday’s other winter return, The CW’s Hart of Dixie, drew 1.63 million viewers and a 0.7 rating, down 10 percent from its fall finale.
* ABC’s Bachelor (8.22 mil/2.7) enjoyed a bump of 11 percent; Castle inched up 7 percent to draw its best audience (10.1 mil) since Nov. 21, yet dipping a tenth in the demo (to a 2.1).
* Gossip Girl, with 1.6 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, was up 21 and 17 percent (though those numbers may shift due to an NBA preemption in Chicago).
* NBC’s Who’s Still Standing? (6.45 mil/1.7) enjoyed its largest audience to date, as did a two-hour Republican debate-centric installment of Rock Center (7.11 mil/1.6, up 25 percent).
What were you tuned into this Monday night?