two and a half men 1205 ratings TV ratings: CBS comedies rule Monday, American Country Awards riseFast National ratings for Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

The second American Country Awards drew a bigger audience for FOX than the inaugural show did last year, but they still played second fiddle to CBS on Monday. The Eye led all three hours of primetime, and “How I Met Your Mother” and “2 Broke Girls” were both up a good amount over their last original episodes.

CBS averaged 12.3 million viewers and a 7.7 rating/12 share in households for the night, leading second-place FOX (7.4 million, 4.5/7) by a wide margin. ABC came in third with 6.55 million viewers and a 3.9/6. NBC (4 million, 2.4/4) took fourth, and The CW trailed with 1.5 million viewers and a 1.0/2.

CBS also dominated the adults 18-49 demographic — its 4.0 rating doubled the 2.0 for FOX, which finished second. ABC grabbed third with a 1.8, followed by NBC, 1.0, and The CW, 0.7.

]]>8 p.m. CBS: “How I Met Your Mother” (11.7 million viewers, 7.3/11 households)/”2 Broke Girls” (12.8 million, 7.9/12)
ABC: Specials – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (9.1 million, 4.7/7)/”Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice” (7 million, 3.5/5)
FOX: American Country Awards (7.3 million, 4.5/7)
NBC: “A Sing-Off Christmas” (4.4 million, 2.7/4)
The CW: “Gossip Girl” (1.3 million, 0.9/1) 18-49 leader: “2 Broke Girls” (4.6) 9 p.m. CBS: “Two and a Half Men” (15 million, 9.3/14)/”Mike & Molly” (12.7 million, 7.9/12)
FOX: American Country Awards (7.5 million, 4.5/7)
NBC: “A Sing-Off Christmas” (3.8 million, 2.2/3)
ABC: “You Deserve It” (3.6 million, 2.2/3)
The CW: “Hart of Dixie” (1.8 million, 1.2/2) 18-49 leader: “Two and a Half Men” (5.0) 10 p.m. CBS: “Hawaii Five-0” (10.8 million, 6.8/11)
ABC: “Castle” (8.05 million, 5.3/8)
NBC: “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (3.4 million, 2.3/4) 18-49 leader: “Hawaii Five-0” (3.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable