While ABC's premiere of The
Bachelor was off to a sluggish start Monday night, CBS topped the evening
with a lineup that was up across the board (vs. its last new episodes on Dec.
13). The net pulled an overall 3.6 rating/9 share with adults 18-49, according
to Nielsen overnight numbers.
On CBS, How I Met Your
Mother was up 8% to a 3.9 with adults 18-49, while Rules of Engagement climbed 6% to a 3.4. Two and a Half Men jumped a healthy 10% to a 4.6 rating, Mike & Molly was up a tick to a 3.7
and Hawaii Five-0 gained 4% to a 2.9.
ABC followed with an overall 2.7/7. The Bachelor's 2.9 rating with adults 18-49 marked a 12% drop from
last season's premiere and the series' second-lowest premiere to date. Castle was up 26% from its last new
episode (and season-low rating) on Dec. 6 to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.
Fox, NBC and The CW all aired repeats, posting a 1.3/3, 0.9/2 and 0.4/1,