CBS was back in force with an all-original lineup that took the ratings lead from recent Monday victor NBC.
Two and a Half Men (11.2 million viewers, 3.7 adults 18-49 rating) — which made headlines this morning by re-signing deals with its cast — topped the evening in the adult demo. The episode featured Kathy Bates playing the “ghost” of Charlie Sheen’s dearly departed character on the show.
Men was flanked by HIMYM (7.9 million, 3.2), 2 Broke Girls (9.1 million, 3.5) and Mike & Molly (10.2 million, 3.2). All the CBS comedies were roughly on par with their last original airings. At 10 p.m., Hawaii Five-0 (10.8 million, 2.5) won the hour.
The CBS block put pressure on rivals. NBC saw The Voice (9.4 million, 3.5) drop 8 percent and Smash (5.4 million, 1.8) fall 10 percent, both to season lows.
ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (15.8 million, 2.7) didn’t escape either, down 16 percent to a low. But 10 p.m.’s Castle (11.4 million, 2.4) climbed 14 percent.
Fox’s Bones (7 million, 1.9) was down 14 percent and House (6.6 million, 2.1) was down 9 percent.
The CW had some good news, however: Gossip Girl (1.1 million, 0.6) and Hart of Dixie (1.3 million, 0.6) were up a tenth from last week despite the increased competition.