TV ratings: 'Two and a Half Men' opens huge, 'Playboy Club' weak Monday
"Two and a Half Men" kicked off the 2011-12 season in grand style, pulling in close to 28 million viewers and a huge 10.3 demographic rating Monday night -- basically double its average for original episodes last season. The platform also gave the premiere of "2 Broke Girls" a great launch.
"Dancing With the Stars" was down a good bit from its premiere last year, but it still led ABC to the total-viewer title for the night (helped by a strong premiere for "Castle"). On the other side of the ledger was NBC. Neither "The Sing-Off" nor "The Playboy Club" really gained any traction, leaving the network in a fairly distant fourth place for the night.
ABC's consistent performance on the night gave it the No. 1 spot in viewers with an average of 16.9 million and a 10.9 rating/16 share in households. CBS (15.7 million, 9.5/14) came in a strong second. There was a big drop to No. 3 FOX (5.9 million, 3.4/5), while NBC (5.1 million, 3.2/5) took fourth. The CW got 1.1 million viewers and a 0.7/1 from a night of repeats.
CBS dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 5.7 rating. ABC took second with a 3.7, followed by FOX at 2.5. NBC came in fourth with a 1.8, and The CW drew a 0.4.