“Two Broke Girls” repeat enjoys embarrassment of ratings riches
CBS has to feel pretty good about its Monday primetime shows right about now: On a night when ratings were down all around, its all-rerun slate, led by "2 Broke Girls," beat original programs on Fox and NBC and ABC's mix of previously aired holidays specials, a new game show and a "Castle" repeat.
"2 Broke Girls," the highest-rated comedy of the new fall season, was the highest-rated show of the night with a 3.3 rating/8 share in the most desired 18-49 demo. It was the second-most watched show overall with 9.1 million total viewers. It aired at 8:30 between reruns of "How I Met Your Mother" and "Two and a Half Men." "Mike and Molly" and "Hawaii 5-0" reruns rounded out the night. The comedies claimed all four of the top ratings spots in the demo — with "Men" the most-watched show overall with 9.7 million total viewers. Overall, CBS was the top-rated and most-watched network overall with a 2.7/7 and 8.5 million total viewers, on average.
Fox was the second-highest-rated network in the demo. "Terra Nova" at 8 had a 2.2/6 in the demo and 7.2 million total viewers, while "House" at 9 had a 2.6/6 and 7.3 million.
ABC was the third highest-rated, with a mix of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Shrek the Halls," a "Castle" rerun, and one new show, "You Deserve It," which had a 1.4/3, down 18 percent from its debut last week. It had 4.4 million total viewers.
With all-new programming, NBC could still manage only fourth place in the ratings. The finale of "The Sing-Off" from 8-10 had a 1.7/4 and 6.4 million total viewers. "Rock Center with Brian Williams" at 10 had a 1.2/3 and 5 million total viewers.