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TV Ratings: CBS Launches 'Mother'-Less Mondays With Steady '2 Broke Girls'

Now anchoring the night at 8 p.m., the CBS comedy replaces the night's former leader and only sheds a tenth of a point in the process -- though "Friends With Better Lives" falters.

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"2 Broke Girls"

It may not have won Monday night, but CBS' performance was one of the most interesting ratings stories to watch this week. After nearly a decade of leading the night with How I Met Your Mother at 8 p.m., the late comedy's time slot was taken by 2 Broke Girls last night. And though 2 Broke Girls has seen its share of losses this season, its first performance without a lead-in was solid.

2 Broke Girls, averaging a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49, was within a tenth of a point of its last original. Friends With Better Lives (1.8 adults) took a predictably steep eight-tenths drop from its HIMYM-sampled series premiere, but Mike & Molly (2.1 adults) improved by a tenth of point at 9 p.m. The season finale of Mom (1.9 adults) shed three-tenths from the night of the HIMYM finale.

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So while CBS may now lack strong ratings outlier of HIMYM, its other series lost little steam without it opening the night. CBS took an average 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers.

Leading the night, The Voice (3.3 adults) shed another two-tenths of a point on NBC for a Monday low for the season. Coupled with a Blacklist encore, NBC still won the night, averaging a 2.7 in the demo -- coming in second with viewers (9.8 million).

A stable Dancing With the Stars (2.3 adults) improved by a tenth of a point from last week, driving No. 2 status in the demo for ABC with a 1.9 rating and a total viewers victory of 12.2 million.

Fox saw Bones and The Following each pull in a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, though Bones was off two-tenths from the prior week. The network took in 5 million viewers.

Star-Crossed (0.3 adults) held up on the CW, while Tomorrow People (0.4 adults) shed a tenth of a point.