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CBS Comedies Score Monster Monday

December 16, 2008 12:04 PM

CBS’ Monday night comedies all posted series or season highs, helping the network not only take the night but also reach its biggest Monday audience since February 2007.

The Big Bang Theory

CBS wrapped up the night with a 4.3 rating/11 share among adults 18-49, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data. The network also had the most viewers for the night with 13.6 million, more than double the audience of second-place NBC.

“The Big Bang Theory” posted series highs with a 4.2/11 (11.4 million). “How I Met Your Mother” did a 4.6/11 (11.4 million), a series high for ratings in the adults 18-49 demographic and its best viewer delivery since January 2006.

“Two and a Half Men” (5.6/13, 18 million) posted its highest ratings since Feb. 5, 2007, the night after the Super Bowl. It had the most viewers since the episode following the “Everybody Loves Raymond” series finale in May 2005 and the most since moving to 9 p.m.

“Worst Week” (3.6/9, 12.1 million) tied for first at 9:30 p.m. in the ratings but took the top spot in total viewers. The freshman comedy reached series highs in both ratings and viewer delivery.

A new episode of “CSI: Miami” (3.8/10, 14.5 million) rounded off the night, giving CBS its best Monday ratings performance since September’s premiere week this year and the largest Monday audience since Feb. 26, 2007, excluding NCAA Championship Mondays.

NBC finished the night in second (2.6/7, 6.5 million), with “Chuck” (2.6/7, 7.6 million), the fall finale of “Heroes” (3.6/8, 7.8 million) and “My Own Worst Enemy” (1.7/4, 4 million) showing +8%, 0% and +13% changes, respectively, from last week. “Chuck” posted its best performance for the year in terms of total viewers.

On Fox, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (1.9/5, 5.3 million) remained flat from last week, while “Prison Break” (2.2/5, 5.7 million) was up one-tenth of a rating point from last week. The network finished the night in third averaging a 2.1/5 (5.5 million).

ABC placed fourth (1.5/4, 4.9 million) with a telecast of the special “Charlie Brown: I Want a Dog for Christmas” (2.2/6, 7.4 million), down 15% from its airing last year, and the premiere of the “20/20” special “Drama High: The Making of a High School Musical” posting a 1.2/3 (3.7 million) from 9-11 p.m.

The CW finished fifth (0.6/1, 1.4 million), with repeats of “Gossip Girl” (0.7/2, 1.6 million) and “One Tree Hill” (0.5/1, 1.2 million). The network averaged a 1.0/3 among women 18-34 for the night.

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