Katie Holmes and Josh Radnor of "How I Met Your Mother"
Whether you choose to attribute lower-than-normal viewership on Monday night to typical Halloween doldrums or to ongoing power outages on the East Coast, the bottom-line results were ultimately unchanged: ABC won the night overall, while CBS had no trouble winning among young viewers.
Whatever caused the viewership drop, FOX was particularly impacted with both "Terra Nova
" and "House
" slumping to season lows. The news was also bad for NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams," which tanked in its Monday premiere.
On to the numbers...
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 3.8 rating, beating ABC's 2.7 rating in the key demographic. FOX was third with a 2.3 rating, while NBC averaged only a 1.2 rating for the night. The CW averaged a 0.3 rating on a repeat-filled night.
Overall, though, ABC averaged an estimated 13.9 million viewers in primetime to go with a 9.0 rating/14 share. CBS finished second with a 7.0/11 and 11.29 million viewers. There was a big drop to FOX's 4.0/6 and 6.46 million viewers and then to NBC's 2.7/4 and nearly 4.3 million viewers. The CW averaged 941,000 viewers and a 0.6/1.
[For the night, Univision averaged 3.04 million viewers and a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49.]
8 p.m. -
Overall, ABC started primetime in first with "Scared Shrekless" (8.68 million viewers and a 1.7 key demo rating) and "Dancing with the Stars" (14.71 million and a 2.5 key demo rating). CBS was a close second overall and easily won the hour among adults 18-49 with "How I Met Your Mother
" (10.7 million and a 4.1 key demo rating) and "2 Broke Girls
" (11.14 million and a 4.2 key demo rating). FOX's "Terra Nova" drew a low 6.38 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating. NBC's "The Sing Off
" averaged 4.88 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating. On The CW, a repeat of "Ringer" averaged just under 1.1 million viewers.
9 p.m. -
"Dancing with the Stars" led the way for the 9 p.m. hour with 17.08 million viewers, finishing second with a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49. CBS was second with "Two and a Half Men
" (13.81 million viewers and a 4.7 key demo rating), down after last week's temporary rise, and "Mike & Molly (11.53 million and a 3.8 key demo rating). FOX's "House" had its weakest night in recent memory with only 6.545 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo rating. NBC's "The Sing Off" slipped to 3.89 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo rating. On The CW, a second "Ringer" repeat averaged 867,000 viewers.
10 p.m. -
" topped the 10 p.m. hour for ABC With 12.94 million viewers and also tied for tops in the 18-49 demographic with a 2.9 rating. CBS' "Hawaii Five-0
" was second with 10.28 million viewers and also averaged a 2.9 key demo rating (though if you round up, CBS topped ABC in the demo). NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" averaged only 4.13 million viewers and a 1.0 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.