A 'Mother' of a night

CBS comedy hits season high to help net win Monday in demo

CBS had its strongest Monday night since premiere week, with "How I Met Your Mother" reaching a season high.

Although lead-in "The Big Bang Theory" (9.8 million viewers. 3.8 rating/10 share in adults 18-49) was down slightly from last week's series-high spike, "Mother" (10 million, 4.4/11) jumped to its best rating of the fall. CBS has been happy with the performance of "Mother" this season, noting that the comedy was rated higher last week than NBC's "The Office."

At 9 p.m., "Two and a Half Men" (15.2 million, 5.3/12) grew 8% to match its season best, and "Worst Week" (10.4 million, 3.2/7) was up 14% to its best number in a few weeks. "CSI: Miami" (15.5 million, 4.2/11) continues to recover significant ground after weeks of drops. Monday night's 150th episode was up 14% to its best number since September.

ABC was second in the demo but was the most-watched network among total viewers. "Dancing With the Stars" (19.6 million, 4.3/10) was up a tad. "Samantha Who?" (10.2 million, 3.0/7) and "Boston Legal" (8.1 million, 2.1/5) were on par.

On NBC, "Chuck" (6.9 million, 2.6/7) climbed 8% to its largest total-viewer audience since its premiere. "Heroes" (7.7 million, 3.6/8) was flat, matching last week's series low, and so was "My Own Worst Enemy" (3.9 million, 1.8/5).

Fourth-place Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (5.1 million, 1.9/5) slipped a tenth and "Prison Break" (5.5 million, 2.2/5) was even. (partialdiff)