TV ratings: Brian Williams' 'Rock Center' starts quietly, others down on Halloween

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rock-center-ratings.jpgFast national ratings for Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

A portion of the nation's TV audience was apparently out celebrating Halloween Monday night, because ratings for a number of shows were below average. "Terra Nova," "Two and a Half Men" and "Dancing With the Stars," among others, were all down from their last airing. The premiere of NBC's newsmagazine "Rock Center with Brian Williams" also got off to a soft start.

Overall, ratings were off about 10 percent from last week. ABC led the night in viewers, bringing in 13.9 million people and a 9.0 rating/14 share in households (its numbers may be slightly inflated because the net's Kansas City affiliate carried "Monday Night Football"). CBS (11.3 million, 7.2/11) finished second. FOX (6.5 million, 4.0/6) was a fairly distant third. NBC averaged 4.3 million viewers and a 2.7/4, and The CW failed to break a million viewers (941,000, 0.6/1) with a night of reruns.

CBS snagged the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 3.8 rating. ABC scored a 2.7 in the demographic to come in second, ahead of FOX's 2.3. NBC drew 1.2 and The CW a 0.3.

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