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“Big Bang” drew 14.4 million viewers and a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49. The “Big Bang” boost comes without Katee Sackhoff in a bathtub this time to bump the numbers this time.
“Big Bang” not only rose from its last original broadcast, but also climbed 12% from “Two and a Half Men” (14.8 million, 5.0) — which hit a season high of its own. “How I Met Your Mother” (8.8 million, 3.5) was down 5% but did well. “Accidentally on Purpose” (7.9 million, 2.8) slipped, going below the 3.0 baseline for CBS’ Monday block, and putting a larger-than-usual dent in the lineup. CBS also had “CSI: Miami” (12.7 million, 3.7).
CBS was aided by weaker competition, with specials and repeats populating rivals. Fox was second with the Carrie Underwood All-Star Holiday special (8.6 million, 2.3), which performed about how one might expect. ABC aired the holiday special “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (7.6 million, 2.5), down from last year, “Find My Family” (5.2 million, 1.5), which dropped a steep 25% this week, and “Castle” (7.8 million, 2.1), dropping 15% from its last original. NBC had repeats, plus “The Jay Leno Show” (4.7 million, 1.4), which was up in the demo and reached its largest Monday audience in seven weeks. On the CW, “One Tree Hill” (2.6 million, 1.2) and “Gossip Girl” (2.2 million, 1.2) were average.
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