What do Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, and Hawaii Five-O add up to? A whole lot of ratings. (Not nine, but nice try, nerd!) We’re just three weeks into the new fall season, and it seems CBS’ Monday night line-up may be the strongest contender yet for must-watch TV.
The numbers are in and the network managed to edge out Fox, which had the return of House; ABC, lead by Dancing with the Stars; and NBC, which came in fourth, despite a boost from the on-the-ratings-rise The Sing-Off. Interest is only slightly waning for Two and a Half Men and its newcomer Ashton Kutcher (ratings were down 18 percent from last week, but the sitcom still had a staggering 17.2 million, 6.1), as well as Mike & Molly (a slight 11 percent drop with 13.2 million, 4.3, and right off the heels of star Melissa McCarthy’s Saturday Night Live success), and freshman series 2 Broke Girls continue to rake it in. The rest of their Monday night line-up did just as well, including fan favorites How I Met Your Mother and Hawaii Five-O.
But will these impressive numbers continue for CBS? Has the Ashton factor on Two and a Half Men already started to wear off, or will the endless chatter about his possible split from Demi Moore prompt folks to watch his every move? Can 2 Broke Girls keep their momentum if the quality of the show doesn’t live up to its once-promising potential? Or is Monday night on CBS, plain and simple, the strongest line-up currently on television?
Though I’m an avid HIMYM fan, I’ve been underwhelmed by 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly, so I can’t say Monday night on CBS is my rush-home-can’t-miss-a-minute night of television. Turns out, I’m of the minority who still considers NBC Thursday night must-see TV. With a line-up of Community, Parks and Recreation, and The Office you can’t lose, right? Actually, you can, and do to CBS again.
Of course, if anything is going to give CBS Mondays a run for its money, it’s ABC Wednesdays, thanks to the stellar comedy line-up of The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family (which had a huge season premiere boost, thanks to their Emmy domination), and one of the best sitcoms on TV, Happy Endings.
But I’m curious: Which night of network TV is the go-to for you? Is it Fox Tuesdays so you can argue on Wednesday mornings whether Glee and The New Girl are awesome or awful? Or do the teen-friendly sagas of CW Thursdays, The Vampire Diaries, and Secret Circle ensure that you’ll stay tuned? Or can nothing stop CBS Mondays at this point? Share in the comments section below, PopWatchers!