Charlie Sheen: Last Epside of 'Two and a Half Men' Ties Season Low Ratings
But CBS still wins the night as 'Mike & Molly' attracts largest audience ever.
CBS easily won Monday night with new episodes of its powerhouse lineup including linchpin comedy Two And a Half Men – which won its 9 p.m. time slot with a 4.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 14.5 million viewers. It was the last original episode of Two And a Half Men that CBS has left as the show sits idle while star Charlie Sheen is said to be undergoing at-home rehabilitation. And although Men was the top-rated and most-watched show of the night, it was also down 5% week-to-week to tie its season low.
Most programs were down as the Valentine's Day holiday depressed TV usage among viewers 18-49 by 6% compared to last Monday.
CBS averaged a 3.4 rating with 11.2 million viewers for the night with new comedy Mad Love (3.0, 8.8 million) squeaking by ABC's The Bachelor in head-to-head competition. Mad Love won its 8:30 p.m. time-slot thanks to a nice lead-in from 8 p.m. comedy How I Met Your Mother (3.7, 9.6 million).
But it was flat compared to the fall premiere of Rules of Engagement in the same time period. At 9:30 p.m., Mike & Molly averaged a 3.8 rating with 13.2 million viewers for its best demo rating since November and its largest audience ever.
Despite tying its series low, Hawaii Five-O (2.8, 10.5 million) handily won its 10 p.m. time period, out-rating ABC's Castle (2.2, 8.7 million) and NBC's Harry's Law (1.7, 8.4 million).
ABC and Fox tied for second with a 2.7 rating each while ABC averaged 9.0 million viewers from 8-11 p.m. and Fox pulled in 8.4 million from 8-10 p.m. The second episode of Fox drama The Chicago Code (2.0, 7.2 million) was down 17% from its premiere for third at 9 p.m. behind CBS' comedies and ABC's The Bachelor.
From 8-10 p.m., The Bachelor averaged a 2.9 rating with 9.3 million viewers, down 9% week-to-week.
NBC was fourth for the night as The Cape (1.2, 4 million), which has already had its original episode order cut short, was down 8% week-to-week for a new series low.