TV Ratings: 'Bachelor' Premiere Down 17 Percent, CBS Wins Against Bowl Competition

The Bachelor EP1601 Premiere Cast Still - H 2012
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The Bachelor EP1601 Premiere Cast Still - H 2012

The winter hiatus (mostly) came to an end Monday night, with original offerings from NBC, the launch of ABC's midseason Monday, featuring The Bachelor and Celebrity Wife Swap, and a victorious return for the CBS line-up, which won the night in adults 18-49 and viewers.

The Bachelor, now in its 16th season, returned to exceptionally low ratings for the franchise. The two-hour premiere averaged 7.7 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 -- a 17 percent drop from last January's midseason premiere featuring the return of Brad Womack. Celebrity Wife Swap fared much better, averaging a 2.4 in adults 18-49 (higher than two recent Castle episodes) and solidifying the network's a second place finish for the night.

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CBS, which boasted the night's only block of scripted originals, won the night with a 3.7 average in 18-49-ers and 11.9 million viewers. How I Met Your Mother (3.9 in the key demo), Two and a Half Men (4.4), Mike & Molly (3.8) were all down from previous episodes, with 2 Broke Girls and Hawaii Five-0 both up a tenth for respective 4.3 and 2.9 ratings.

Who's Still Standing? held on to last Monday's 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, followed by Fear Factor's barely noticeable drop to a 2.4. Rock Center with Brian Williams matched its demo best, a 1.2 rating, to give NBC third place standing for the night.

Back-to-back repeats of House and Secret Circle aired on Fox and the CW, respectively, giving the nets an average 1.2 and 0.3 rating among adults 18-49 for the night.

Monday, Jan. 2, Overnight Ratings:

8 p.m.
CBS: How I Met Your Mother (10.2 million viewers, 3.9 rating in adults 18-49)
ABC: The Bachelor (7.6, 2.3)
NBC: Who's Still Standing? (5.6 million, 1.5)
Fox: House (R) (3.7 million, 1.2)
The CW: The Secret Circle (R) (992,000, 0.3)

8:30 p.m.
CBS: 2 Broke Girls (12.0 million, 4.3)

9 p.m.
CBS: Two and a Half Men (13.8 million, 4.4)
ABC: The Bachelor (7.9 million, 2.5)
NBC: Fear Factor (5.9 million, 2.4)
Fox: House (R) (3.8 million, 1.2)
The CW: The Secret Circle (R) (790,000, 0.3)

9:30 p.m.
CBS: Mike & Molly (11.9 million, 3.8)

10 p.m.
CBS: Hawaii Five-0 (11.7 million, 2.9)
ABC: Celebrity Wife Swap (6.2 million, 2.4)
NBC: Rock Center With Brian Williams (3.8 million, 1.2)