After a week of repeats, CBS was back to all new episodes on Monday night and took the nights adults 18-49 ratings and viewership crown. How I Met Your Mother drew a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 13% vs. a 3.9 rating two weeks ago. 2 Broke Girls had a 4.5 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth vs. two weeks ago. Two and A Half Men notched a 4.6 adults 18-49, up 5% vs. a 4.5 rating two weeks ago. Mike & Molly had a 3.8 adults 18-49 even with two weeks ago. Hawaii Five-0’s  2.8 adults 18-49 rating was down 3% vs. its 2.9 rating two weeks ago.

The series premiere of Fox’s Alcatraz drew a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, that was two tenths better than the 3.1 rating for the premiere of Terra Nova in September and right in line with our readers expectations. It was also tied with Revenge as the second best drama premiere of the season (behind Once Upon A Time). The half hour ratings were 3.2, 3.3, 3.3, 3.2.

The Bachelor drew a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 9% vs. last week’s series low 2.2 rating. Castle’s 2.3 adults 18-49 rating was even with last week.

NBC’s Betty White’s 90th Birthday special started off the night with a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. Following it, the series premiere of Betty White’s Off Their Rocker drew a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Rock Center with Brian Williams had a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 86%vs. a series low 0.7 rating last week.

Gossip Girl returned with a new episode to a series low 0.6 adults 18-49 rating even with its last new episode in early December.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, January 16, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS How I Met Your Mother 4.4 11 10.122
FOX Alcatraz (premiere, 8-10p) 3.3 8 9.968
NBC Betty White’s 90th Birthday (8-9:30p) 2.7 7 13.855
ABC The Bachelor (8-10p) 2.4 6 7.356
CW Gossip Girl 0.6 2 1.299
8:30PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 4.5 11 11.292
9:00PM CBS Two And A Half Men 4.6 10 12.896
CW Hart of Dixie -R 0.3 1 0.791
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 3.8 9 11.166
NBC Betty White’s Off Their Rocker (premiere) 2.6 6 12.233
10:00PM CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.8 7 10.501
ABC Castle 2.3 6 9.402
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.3 3 5.569

via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.5/6 with an encore telecast; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.7/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.1/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.3/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 0.9/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/5in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/3 in 18-49) trailed “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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