November 22, 2011 9:05am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: 'Terra Nova' Slips, 'Gossip Girl' Improves
As Thanksgiving nears, things are beginning to quiet down on the ratings front for the broadcast networks.
The majority of nets saw dips in programming on Monday night, with the CW one of the few exceptions. Even so, CBS continued to dominate Mondays, averaging a 4.0 rating among adults 18-49 in primetime -- though down two tenths from last week.
How I Met Your Mother (10.1 million total viewers, 4.3 rating in adults 18-49 demographic), 2 Broke Girls (11.2 million, 4.4), Two and a Half Men (15.7 million, 5.2) and Mike & Molly (13.1 million, 4.2) all sank at least 4 percent, with rookie comedy 2 Broke Girls seeing the largest drop among the four with 8 percent. Hawaii Five-0 (10.3 million, 2.8) couldn't right itself, slumping 15 percent from its last original, allowing time slot competitor ABC's Castle to nearly tie its demo rating.
ABC followed CBS, averaging a 2.8 rating but topping all nets in total viewers with a 14 million average. The first parter of the Dancing With the Stars (20 million, 3.6) finale posted a 27 percent decrease from last fall's finale and is the show's lowest-rated performance finale to date. New reality competition series You Deserve It (10 million, 2.1) debuted following DWTS, down 13 percent from last fall's Skating With the Stars launch (2.1 vs. 2.4). Castle (11.9 million, 2.7) was the exception to the rule, improving 13 percent from two weeks ago. It should be noted that from 9-11 p.m., ABC ratings are inflated due to NFL pre-emptions in some markets.
Fox followed with a 2.3 average, though Terra Nova (6.5 million, 2.1) saw a 9 percent drop in 18-49. House (7.3 million, 2.5) held steady with the previous week, but grew in total viewers by 11 percent (7.3 million vs. 6.6 million).
NBC's The Sing-Off (4.3 million, 1.4) rose 8 percent. Primetime newsmagazine Rock Center With Brian Williams (3.6 million, 0.9), which saw a drastic improvement last week, sank 18 percent without the help of Jerry Sandusky.
The CW was the only net to grow in its entire lineup. Gossip Girl (1.5 million, 0.7) -- recently celebrating its 100 episode landmark -- and Hart of Dixie (1.8 million, 0.7) both improved from their most recent originals, with the former notching its most-watched episode of its fifth season.
Last night's Monday Night Football telecast between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs (Patriots won 34-3) drew a 8.8 metered market average from 8:30-11:45 p.m. for ESPN. In Kansas City, the football game delivered a 12.8 rating for ESPN and a 17.0 rating on ABC for a 29.8 combined rating in the market. In the Boston market, the matchup drew a 11.0 rating on ESPN and a 21.2 rating on ABC for a 32.2 combined rating.
CBS: How I Met Your Mother (10.1 million viewers, 4.3 rating in adults 18-49)
ABC: Dancing With the Stars (20 million, 3.6)
Fox: Terra Nova (6.5 million, 2.1)
NBC: The Sing-Off (4.3 million, 1.4)
The CW: Gossip Girl (1.5 million, 0.7)
CBS: 2 Broke Girls (11.2 million, 4.4)
CBS: Two and a Half Men (15.7 million, 5.2)
Fox: House (7.3 million, 2.5)
ABC: You Deserve It (10 million, 2.1)
The CW: Hart of Dixie (1.8 million, 0.7)
CBS: Mike & Molly (13.1 million, 4.2)
CBS: Hawaii Five-0 (10.3 million, 2.8)
ABC: Castle (11.9 million, 2.7)
NBC: Rock Center With Brian Williams (3.6 million, 0.9)