The newly revamped "Two and a Half Men" is finally coming down to earth from its jaw-dropping season premiere, while "Castle" bounced back from last week's season low Monday, according to preliminary numbers.
"Two and a Half Men," on CBS at 9 p.m., was still the evening's top-rated program in the adults 18-49 demographic, drawing a 5.2/13, though that was down 12 percent from last week, and has dropped 51 percent in the demo overall from its season premiere. Monday's episode drew 14.8 million total viewers, making it the second-most watched show Monday night, behind "Dancing With the Stars." Despite the decline, "Men" helped push CBS to an overall win for the night; the network took an average 4.0/10 in the demo, and 11.5 million total viewers.
CBS started the night with "How I Met Your Mother" at 8, which drew a 4.1/12 in the demo and 9.7 million total viewers. "2 Broke Girls" at 8:30 was flat with last week, taking a 4.3/11 in the demo and 11.2 million total viewers. "Mike & Molly" at 9:30 was also flat with last week, with a 3.9/9 in the demo and 11.5 million total viewers. The network closed the evening on a bright note at 10, with "Hawaii 5-0" growing 15 percent compared to last week, grabbing a 3.1/8 in the demo and 10.8 million total viewers.
ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" and "Castle" both made strong showings. "DWTS" at 8 inched up seven percent versus last week for a 3.2/8 and 17.4 million total viewers, while "Castle" the following hour bounced back from last week's season low, climbing 24 percent for a 2.6/7 and 11.4 million total viewers. Combined, the two series made ABC the most-watched network of the night with an average 15.4 million total viewers.
Fox enjoyed an evening of growth, with its new dinosaur drama "Terra Nova" at 8 climbing 8 percent from last week for a 2.7/7 in the demo and 7.9 million total viewers, and "House" at 9 jumping 15 percent for a 3.1/7 in the demo and 8.3 million total viewers.
At NBC, "The Sing-Off" from 8 to 10 drew a 1.6/4 in the demo and 4.3 million total viewers. The network finished the night with a "Prime Suspect" repeat.