Expect to see a lot more "Fear Factor
" in the future, as the Joe Rogan-hosted reality series returned from its cryogenic slumber to strong ratings for NBC. Even the extreme hijinks of "Fear Factor," though, were unable to derail CBS' "2 Broke Girls
" and "Two and a Half Men
," which helped the network to Monday wins in all key measures.
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 3.6 rating, beating NBC's 2.6 rating in the key demographic. FOX was third with a 1.8 rating, followed by ABC's 1.1 rating and the 0.5 rating for The CW.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 12.02 million viewers and a 7.4 rating/11 share for Monday primetime. NBC was a distant second with a 4.1/6 and 7.08 million viewers, still comfortably ahead of the 5.71 million viewers and the 3.4/5 for FOX. ABC's 2.6/4 and 4.29 million viewers finished fourth. The CW averaged preemption-fueled 1.36 million viewers and a 0.8/1.
[Univision averaged 3.35 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 for Monday primetime.]
8 p.m. -
CBS kicked off Monday night in first with a new "2 Broke Girls" (12.46 million viewers and a 4.1 key demo rating) and a "2 Broke Girls" repeat (10.25 million viewers and a 3.3 key demo). NBC's "Fear Factor" averaged a solid 8.69 million viewers and a better-than-solid 3.2 rating among adults 18-49 in its first hour. FOX's "Terra Nova
" averaged 6.99 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating, down very slightly from its last airing. ABC was fourth with the 5.295 million viewers and 1.4 key demo rating for "I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown." On The CW, a "Hart of Dixie" repeat averaged 1.42 million viewers, boosted pretty clearly by preemptions.
9 p.m. - CBS stayed on top for the 9 p.m. hour with low-ish numbers for "Two and a Half Men" (14.71 million viewers and a 4.6 key demo rating) and "Mike & Molly" (12.83 million viewers and a 3.9 key demo rating). NBC's "Fear Factor" remained second with 8.52 million viewers and a 3.5 rating among adults 18-49. There was then a big dip to the 4.42 million viewers and 1.4 key demo rating for a "House" repeat on FOX. ABC's "You Deserve It" limped along with 3.4 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating. On The CW, a second "Hart of Dixie" repeat averaged 1.31 million viewers.
10 p.m. -
" capped off CBS' night with 10.93 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, dominating the 10 p.m. hour. ABC's "Castle" repeat was second overall with 4.16 million viewers and a third with a 1.0 key demo rating. "Fear Factor" couldn't give a big boost to NBC's "Rock Center," which averaged 4.04 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.