After a truly scary Halloween that saw declines nearly all around, most shows rebounded Monday night Only NBC's news offering "Rock Center With Brian Williams" failed to improve on last week's disappointing series premiere performance.
"Two and a Half Men" continued its rebound to take the night's top ratings and push CBS to an overall win for the night, according to preliminary numbers.
At Fox, "Terra Nova" at 8 p.m. improved 24 percent for a 2.6 rating/6 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, with 7.6 million total viewers. "House" at 9 was also up, albeit less dramatically, climbing 8 percent to a 2.7/6 in the demo, with 7.5 million total viewers.
CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" at 8 saw a slight increase over last week, receiving a 4.4/12 in the demo with 10.3 million total viewers, while "Two Broke Girls" also inched up, taking a 4.5/11 in the demo with 11.3 million total viewers. "Two and a Half Men" at 9, which had been dropping precipitously since the premiere of its revamp with Ashton Kutcher but has steadied itself in recent weeks, climbed another 9 percent over last week's performance, taking the night's top ratings with a 5.1/12 in the demo and 14.5 million total viewers.
"Mike & Molly" at 9:30 also registered a marked improvement over last week, climbing 14 percent for 4.2/10 in the demo and 11.9 million total viewers. The network closed the night with "Hawaii 5-O" at 10, which drew flat with last week for a 3.0/8 and 9.9 million total viewers.
Overall, CBS' roster gave the network an overall ratings win for the night, with an average 4.0/10 in the demo and 11.3 million total viewers.
ABC's night was a mixed bag, with "Dancing With the Stars" from 8 to 10 jumping 18 percent, taking a 3.3/8 in the demo, and 18 million total viewers, which made it the most-watched network of the night. "Castle" at 10 was down 7 percent, with a 2.5/6 in the demo and 11.2 million total viewers. Even so, on the strength of "Dancing" ABC was the most-watched network of the night, scoring an average 15.7 million total viewers.
NBC's "The Sing-Off" from 8 to 10 ran flat with last week, tying its series low for a 1.4/3 in the demo and 4.2 million total viewers. "Rock Center With Brian Williams" at 10 was also flat with last week's series premiere with a 1.0/3 in the demo and 3.5 million total viewers -- which is particularly distressing, since its premiere performed 38 percent lower than the premiere of "The Playboy Club," the canceled drama that it replaced.