Fox won the night with adults 18-49, and ABC won with viewers.  CBS was in second place both with viewers and adults 18-49.

The premiere of Trauma was not so good for NBC with only a 2.3/6 rating/share with adults 18-49.  House was tops for the night with a 5.7/15, followed by The Big Bang Theory and its 5.1/12.

Trauma did worse than Heroes (2.5/6) with adults 18-49, and it was Heroes’ lowest-ever 18-49 rating for an original episode.

Retentionistas will have a field day with the premiere of Lie to Me, which only pulled a 2.9/7 adults 18-49 rating/share out of House.

The Big Bang Theory is now overshadowing Two and a Half Men in 18-49 (5.1 vs. 4.7) but Men held a narrow edge with total viewers (13.64 vs. 13.02).  TBBT also had a healthy lead over Men with adults 18-34 (3.6 vs. 2.9)  Here are the CBS blurbs about TBBT:

At 9:30PM, THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in adults 25-54 (6.0/13), adults 18-49 (5.1/12), adults 18-34 (3.6/12) and second in both households (7.8/12) and viewers (13.02m).  THE BIG BANG THEORY was up +3% in adults 25-54 (from 5.8/12), +9% in adults 18-49 (from 4.7/11), +20% in adults 18-34 (from 3.0/08) and added +60,000 viewers (from 12.96m) from last week’s premiere.

This was THE BIG BANG THEORY’s best delivery in viewers, adults 25-54, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.  This is the second straight broadcast THE BIG BANG THEORY posted series highs in viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49.  THE BIG BANG THEORY built on its TWO AND A HALF MEN lead-in by +4% in adults 25-54, +9% in adults 18-49 and +24% in adults 18-34.

The good news for Castle fans is it again beat The Jay Leno Show (2.3 vs. 1.8), but some Dancing With the Stars overrun is probably included, which would be stripped out in the finals.  As it stands, Castle had a 2.5/6 with adults 18-49 from 10-10:30p, and a 2.1/6 from 10:30-11p.

Since it’s been a crazy day for us, I’m posting in “Holly’s” comments from the comment section:

CBS did well. AOP dropped slightly from last week, but no more than would be expected from a premiere (maybe less, since it only lost 0.1 in the demo). TBBT hit another high and actually beats Men in the demo. Looks like CBS made a good choice in moving that to 9:30. Miami didn’t lose much from last week either, so all in all, a very good Monday for them.

House took the expected fall from last week, but still did really well. It’s still slightly above what it was doing last fall. I don’t think FOX is breaking out the champagne for Lie To Me’s performance, but they can’t be upset about it either. If it can stay close to a 3.0, it will be just fine regardless of what House gets.

ABC might not be as happy. Dancing is down quite a bit from last year. It’s still OK, but not nearly as strong as it had been. Castle stayed steady from last week, so no complaints there.

NBC…well…ouch. Heroes can’t pull a 3 and is probably more of a liability than an asset. I suppose Trauma premiered about as well as could be expected given the state of NBC, but it was still bad.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX House 5.7/15 14.44
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.6/10 8.73
ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.5/9 16.52
NBC Heroes 2.5/6 5.82
CW One Tree Hill 1.2/3 2.61
8:30 CBS Accidentally on Purpose 3.1/8 8.07
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 4.7/11 13.64
ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.8/9 16.82
FOX Lie to Me (season premiere) 2.9/7 7.72
NBC Trauma (season premiere) 2.3/6 6.93
CW Gossip Girl 1.2/3 2.33
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.1/12 13.02
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 4.1/11 13.46
ABC Castle 2.3/6 9.56
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.8/5 5.64

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All numbers are Live+SD.

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