CBS Sitcoms Drop in Week Two as ABC Wins Monday

Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion in "Castle" (Photo: ABC)

ABC emerged as the top-rated network Monday night with “Dancing With the Stars” and “Castle,” while “Two and a Half Men” and “2 Broke Girls” each lost about 8 million viewers since their phenomenal starts a week earlier on CBS.

ABC won the night — the second Monday of the new fall season — with a three-hour average from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (7-10c) of 16.647 million. The two-hour “DWTS” had 16.019 million viewers from 8 to 10, 7-9c, and “Castle” drew 11.902 million at 10/9c. The ABC mystery series beat “Hawaii Five-O” on CBS (11.063 million), according to Nielsen overnights.

CBS came in second with 13.045 million viewers on the night, even though the second episode of the season of “Men” — starring newcomer Ashton Kutcher — attracted 20.031 million viewers. That was down from the 28 million the sitcom scored in its season premiere on the previous Monday. A week earlier, “2 Broke Girls” had 19.37 million viewers at 9:30/8:30c following the “Men” premiere. This week, however, “Girls” had 11.576 million in its regular time slot — 8:30/7:30c — following “How I Met Your Mother” (“HIMYM” had 10.556 million viewers Monday night).

This week, the beneficiary of the “Men” lead-in was “Mike & Molly,” which had its season premiere (starring recent Emmy winner Melissa McCarthy) at 9:30/8:30c. “M&M” had a healthy 13.981 million viewers Monday night.

Elsewhere in the Monday ratings:

Fox’s well-publicized sci-fi series “Terra Nova” averaged 8.999 million viewers over its two-hour premiere (8-10/7-9c) — probably a smaller audience than Fox had hoped for.

NBC came in fourth place on Monday — which has emerged as one of network television’s most competitive evenings. “The Sing-Off” averaged a lowly 4.389 million viewers from 8 to 10 (7-9c). And “The Playboy Club” drew only 3.906 million at 10/9c — sinking substantially from the 5.02 million viewers the series drew a week earlier.

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