Two and a Half Men fell 18% to a still big 6.1 adults 18-49 rating and CBS scored an easy win with adults 18-49, leading its nearest competitor (Fox) by nearly a full ratings point. ABC won the night with the press release and bragging rights friendly total viewers.  How I Met Your Mother was flat with a 4.5 adults 18-49 rating and 2 Broke Girls fell only 4% to a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating. Mike & Molly shed 10% from last week’s season premiere to a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating (but considering the fall off for Two and a Half Men, that’s not surprising). Hawaii Five-0 was steady vs. last week with a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating (putting a mild beat-down on Castle).

Score one for the fanbois! In its second week (and third episode), Fox’s Terra Nova fell a scant 3% to a 3.0 preliminary adults 18-49 rating. Update: in time zone adjusted fast nationals, Terra Nova was adjusted up a tenth to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, retaining 100% of last week’s two-hour premiere rating.  House returned down 7% from last year’s premiere to a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating (though it’s not quite apples-to-apples since last year House was at 8pm).

ABC’s Dancing with the Stars saw its lowest-rated performance show ever and was down another 6% to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. Castle was down 7% to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, surely causing more than a few Castle fans to exclaim “Dancing with the Stars is dragging us down!’

NBC’s The Sing Off was actually up 6% to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, but The Playboy Club’s ratings were more woeful than ever (update: it became the first cancellation of the season early Monday afternoon), falling 8% to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

CW’s Hart of Dixie was flat with adults 18-49 a 0.8 rating, but up 13% from last week’s premiere with adults 18-34 with a 0.9 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, October 3, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS How I Met Your Mother 4.5/12 10.50
ABC Dancing with the Stars 3.0/8 16.17
FOX Terra Nova 3.0/8 8.31
NBC The Sing-Off 1.8/5 5.08
CW Gossip Girl 0.7/2 1.45
8:30 CBS Two Broke Girls 4.4/11 11.37
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 6.1/14 17.28
FOX House (Season Premiere) 3.9/9 9.77
ABC Dancing with the Stars 3.1/7 16.83
NBC The Sing-Off 1.8/4 4.67
CW Hart of Dixie 0.8/2 1.78
9:30 CBS Mke & Molly 4.3/10 13.24
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0 3.2/8 10.88
ABC Castle 2.6/6 11.59
NBC The Playboy Club 1.2/3 3.39

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,” 2.3/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.3/6; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.6/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/3; “Late Show,” 0.6/3; “Nightline,” 1.1/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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