Fast National ratings for Monday, December 14, 2009.
The premiere of NBC's limited run singing special "The Sing Off" lost viewers at every half-hour, but still delivered a larger audience than "Heroes" and "Trauma." That isn't saying much, though, as CBS dominated Monday night in all key measures, thanks largely to "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory."
Among adults 18-49, CBS won the night with a 4.4 rating, far ahead of FOX's 2.2 rating. NBC's 2.0 rating and the 1.2 rating for ABC followed. The CW was fifth in the coveted demographic with a 0.6 rating.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 13.26 million viewers to go with an 8.1 rating/13 share. FOX was a distant second with a 4.1/6, followed by the 3.8/6 for NBC and ABC's 3.6/6. The CW trailed with a 0.9/1.
In the 8 p.m. hour, CBS got a 6.0/9 for "How I Met Your Mother" and "Accidentally on Purpose," way up from last week, also winning the key demo with a 3.6 rating. NBC's "The Sing Off" was second with a 4.5/7. FOX was third with a repeat of "House." ABC's Jennifer Hudson special did only a 3.9/6 overall and a 1.2 demo rating. The CW started its full-week "Vampire Diaries" marathon with a 1.0/2.
In the 9 p.m. hour, "Two and a Half Men" and "Big Bang Theory" averaged a 9.6/14 and a 5.4 rating in the demo. FOX moved up to second with the midseason finale of "Lie To Me," which did a 4.0/6. NBC's "The Sing Off" and ABC's "Find My Family" both did a 3.8/6, though NBC had the advantage in viewers and the demo. The CW was fifth with "The Vampire Diaries."
CBS stayed in first at 10 p.m. with an 8.9/15 for "CSI: Miami," which also did a 4.1 rating in the demo. NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" was second with a 3.1/5, beating ABC's "Castle" repeat.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.