The series premiere of Fox’s Terra Nova drew a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating from 8-10pm on Monday. That was below what a majority of our polled readers expected, and has to be disappointing for Fox. Update: Fox has tweeted that Terra Nova was adjusted up to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating in the time zone adjusted ratings. I will have all the final ratings for Monday night on the site later today, likely about 6pm Eastern.

CBS easily won the night with adults 18-49 as Two and A Half Men fell 33% from its lofty premiere, but still scored a big 7.2 adults 18-49 rating and 20.03 million viewers. How I Met Your Mother declined just 6% vs. last week’s premiere to a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating. Moving to its regular timeslot, 2 Broke Girls settled down 37% vs. its premiere to a still impressive 4.5 adults 18-49 rating. The season premiere of Mike & Molly drew a series high 4.9 adults 18-49 rating, and Hawaii Five-0’s 3.3 adults 18-49 rating was down just 3% from its premiere last week. Without Charlie Sheen, CBS, Winning.

ABC’s Dancing With The Stars fell 18% from its premiere to a series low 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, while Castle slipped a more modest 9% vs. its premiere to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC’s The Sing-Off fell 11% to a series low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, and The Playboy Club making a move to be the first show canceled of the new season tumbled 19% to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

In the second week of the broadcast season, NBC was beaten by Univision for adults 18-49. I expect the cries of “You should have kept Chuck on Monday!” to begin presently.

The CW’s season premiere of Gossip Girl drew a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 20% vs. last season’s premiere, but slightly above its ratings level last spring. The series premiere of Hart Of Dixie drew the same 0.8 adults 18-49 rating making it the nets lowest rated rookie premiere.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, September 26, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 4.4 12 10.556
FOX TERRA NOVA 3.0 8 9.091
NBC THE SING OFF 1.7 5 4.990
CW GOSSIP GIRL 0.8 2 1.551
8:30PM CBS 2 BROKE GIRLS 4.5 11 11.576
FOX TERRA NOVA 3.0 8 8.960
NBC THE SING OFF 1.8 4 4.680
CW GOSSIP GIRL 0.7 2 1.269
9:00PM CBS TWO AND A HALF MEN 7.2 17 20.031
FOX TERRA NOVA 3.0 7 9.016
NBC THE SING OFF 1.6 4 3.956
CW HART OF DIXIE 0.7 2 1.705
9:30PM CBS MIKE & MOLLY 4.9 11 13.981
FOX TERRA NOVA 3.1 7 8.929
NBC THE SING OFF 1.6 4 3.931
CW HART OF DIXIE 0.8 2 1.852
10:00PM CBS HAWAII FIVE-0 3.3 8 11.388
ABC CASTLE 3.1 7 12.646
10:30PM CBS HAWAII FIVE-0 3.2 8 10.738
ABC CASTLE 2.7 7 11.159

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,” 2.4/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.3/6; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.5/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.6/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; “Late Show,” 0.8/3; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) tied “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 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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