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Monday Prime Time: Comedies Power CBS to Narrow Win; Premiere Numbers Are In for New NBC Series TVbytheNumbers

CBS got a solid ratings performance from its comedy block Monday night and eked out a narrow win over NBC, based on Nielsen overnights.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that CBS’s special one-hour “How I Met Your Mother” delivered a 3.4 average rating in the key 18-49 demo, up two-tenths of a ratings point from last week. “2 Broke Girls” was down three-tenths, but still was the network’s top-rated show with a 3.5. “Mike and Molly” ticked up two-tenths to a 3.3. The 10 p.m. drama “Hawaii Five-0” slipped slightly to a 2.4, down from a 2.5 a week earlier.

NBC had the top show of the night, with the 90-minute performance finale of “The Voice” notching a 4.1 rating in 18-49 -- up three-tenths from last week and up three-tenths from the previous cycle’s performance finale. NBC’s “1600 Penn” premiered to a 2.3, while “Take It All” settled for a 1.5.

Fox’s lineup of holiday specials had modest results. “Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury” delivered a 1.5 in adults 18-49, while a repeat of “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas” also drew a 1.5 and a repeat of the chestnut “Happiness Is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown” managed only a 0.9.

ABC’s fifth-place performance for prime time overall was built around two episodes of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (1.0 and 1.2 averages in the 18-49 demo) and a repeat of “Castle” (1.1).

For prime time overall, CBS finished with a 3.1 average rating in viewers 18-49, followed closely by NBC (2.9 average), and trailed by Univision (1.4), Fox (1.2) and ABC (1.1). CBS also claimed a narrow win in total viewers, averaging 9.8 million to NBC’s 9.3 million, ABC’s 4.8 million, Univision’s 3.6 million and Fox’s 3.3 million.