TV Ratings: 'Rules of Engagement' Has Strong Premiere, 'Secret Circle' Improves

CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" proves to be a force, outdrawing Game 2 of the World Series according to preliminary numbers.
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"Rules of Engagement"

Against the World Series playoffs between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers, CBS launched a new season of Rules of Engagement on Thursday -- taking over for the canceled rookie comedy How to Be a Gentleman.

Rules of Engagement (11.5 million total viewers, 3.7 rating in adults 18-49 demographic) -- posting its best fall premiere numbers since 2007 -- did fairly well in its post-Big Bang Theory (14.7 million, 4.9) spot, sustaining the majority of its lead-in's audience. Compared to Gentleman, Engagement was a vast improvement in the coveted 8:30 p.m. slot and is up 19 percent from last year's Monday at 8:30 p.m. season opener.

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Big Bang Theory proved to be a bigger draw than the World Series; according to preliminary numbers, during 8-11 p.m. CBS' half-hour comedy outperformed baseball in both viewership and the 18-49 demo. Person of Interest (12.3 million, 2.7) -- which CBS is expected to give a full-season order to shortly -- dipped 4 percent in the demo, while The Mentalist (12.5 million, 2.5) was flat. At the moment, CBS placed second on the night in 18-49 with a 3.2 rating in primetime behind Fox, which posted a 3.7. (Final numbers for the World Series game will come in later in the day.)

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ABC's canceled reboot Charlie's Angels (5.6 million, 1.2) dropped another 8 percent and was fourth in its 8 p.m. time slot, failing to beat the CW's The Vampire Diaries in the demo. Grey's Anatomy (9.4 million, 3.5) also failed to rebound, dipping 3 percent, but was the top-rated scripted series in its 9 p.m. home. Private Practice (6.6 million, 2.4), however, saw a 4 percent uptick.

The CW's Vampire Diaries (2.9 million, 1.3) was steady from the previous week, placing third in the 18-49 demo for the night at 8 p.m. The Secret Circle (2.1 million, 0.9) grew 12 percent in total viewers and a 13 percent increase in the demo, remaining steady in the net's core 18-34. The CW placed fourth on the night in the demo with a 1.1, beating NBC, which aired repeats of its Thursday comedies and Prime Suspect.

Fox -- 3.7          
CBS -- 3.2            
· The Big Bang Theory: 14.7 million, 4.9         
· Rules of Engagement (P): 11.5 million, 3.7  
· Person of Interest: 12.3 million, 2.7 
· The Mentalist: 12.5 million, 2.5 
ABC -- 2.4          
· Charlie's Angels: 5.6 million, 1.2        
· Grey's Anatomy: 9.4 million, 3.5
· Private Practice: 6.6 million, 2.4
The CW -- 1.1          
· The Vampire Diaries: 2.9 million, 1.3      
· The Secret Circle: 2.1 million, 0.9
NBC -- 1.0         
· Community (R): 2.5 million, 0.9 
· Parks & Recreation (R): 2.5 million, 1.1   
· The Office (R): 3.2 million, 1.5
· Whitney (R): 2.6 million, 1.1
· Prime Suspect (R): 2.8 million, 0.8