TV Ratings: Big Bang Theory tops night as CBS dominates mish-mash Monday; Castle down
Please note local preemptions due to Monday Night Football: the game aired locally in the Baltimore market on the CBS affiliate and in Green Bay and Milwaukee on the ABC affiliates. Any viewing for the game on those affiliates would be counted in the numbers below, but that viewing will be factored out in the national final numbers.
Another holiday Monday night mish-mash of old holiday specials, new holiday specials, repeats and new episodes. CBS ran an all-new lineup and dominated, with “The Big Bang Theory” the night’s top show with adults 18-49 with its highest 18-49 ratings ever – at least in the preliminaries. “Two and a Half Men” trailed BBT by .6 in the demo, but it was still it’s best 18-49 performance of the season.
I can hear the cries of “the weakest link!” with regard to “Accidentally On Purpose” at 8:30 though. It dropped off a bit from a strong 8pm performance from “How I Met Your Mother.”
“Find My Family” is no longer looking like such a good lead-in for “Castle.” “Castle” was down 15% with adults 18-49 from its last new airing on 11/23, and will likely drop off another 10th or so in the finals due to “Monday Night Football” on the ABC affiliates in Green Bay and Milwaukee.
Against new competition and “Men With a Certain Age” on TNT (there are no early overnight numbers for cable shows, so we won’t see those numbers until this afternoon, sorry) “The Jay Leno” show had its biggest Monday audience since October 19 and was up .1 with adults 18-49 against new episodes on ABC and CBS (last week it did worse against repeats.).
In Late-Night Local People Meters Monday night:
- Conan O’Brien (0.9/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS’s LATE SHOW (1.1/4) in Nielsen’s 24 local markets with People Meters.
- At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.5/3 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.7/4).
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating/Share||Viewers (Millons)|
|8:00||CBS||How I Met Your Mother||3.5/10||9.15|
|ABC||Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (R)||2.7/7||8.04|
|FOX||Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special||2.4/6||8.86|
|NBC||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R)||1.5/4||6.59|
|CW||One Tree Hill||1.2/3||2.59|
|8:30||CBS||Accidentally on Purpose||2.9/8||8.30|
|9:00||CBS||Two and a Half Men||5.1/12||15.16|
|FOX||Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special||2.3/6||8.22|
|ABC||Find My Family||1.8/4||5.90|
|NBC||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R)||1.6/4||5.76|
|9:30||CBS||The Big Bang Theory||5.7/13||14.72|
|NBC||The Jay Leno Show||1.3/3||4.71|
All numbers are Live+SD.
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