After most primetime telecasts declined last week on Halloween night, it was back to regularly scheduled programming, with many rebounding.
The show seeing the biggest improvement was Fox’s Terra Nova (7.7 million total viewers, 2.6 rating in adults 18-49 demographic), which improved 24 percent in 18-49 and 17 percent in total viewers. Its lead-out House (7.5 million, 2.7) also grew 8 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Though both its series improved, Fox didn’t come close to topping CBS which won the night in the demo on the strength of its comedies, averaging a 2.7 rating vs. a 4.0.
While CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 (10 million, 3.0) held steady from last week, its four sitcoms all grew. How I Met Your Mother (10.4 million, 4.4) and 2 Broke Girls (11.3 million, 4.5) both improved 5 percent in the demo, Two and a Half Men (14.5 million, 5.1) posted a 9-percent improvement and Mike & Molly (12 million, 4.2) saw the biggest jump: 14 percent. CBS topped every half hour in primetime for the easy ratings victory.
ABC’s reality competition series Dancing With the Stars (18.1 million, 3.3) grew 18 percent from its last performance show, which posted a low. Castle (11.3 million, 2.5) — the only series to see a dramatic ratings jump last week — went the other way this time around, dipping 7 percent. ABC placed second behind CBS in the demo, averaging a 3.1; it topped the viewership average with 15.8 million.
NBC’s The Sing-Off (4.2 million, 1.4) matched its series low and Rock Center With Brian Williams (3.5 million, 1.0), featuring an appearance by 30 Rock star Tina Fey, held steady from its debut last week.
Airing repeats of Ringer last week seemed to have hurt the CW’s Hart of Dixie (1.4 million, 0.6), which posted a low after seeing ratings growth. Compared to its last original, Dixie lost more than 600,000 viewers and is the lowest tune-in number for the Rachel Bilson drama. Gossip Girl (1.3 million, 0.6) saw a slight dip.