himym feb 4 ratings TV ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' helps CBS sweep Monday, 'The Following' dropsFast National ratings for Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

CBS swept every half hour of primetime in adults 18-49 Monday. “How I Met Your Mother” hit a season high in the demographic, and “Rules of Engagement” had a solid premiere. The Super Bowl striptease promo for “2 Broke Girls,” however, didn’t help — it was down a little bit from its last original episode two weeks ago.

Elsewhere, “The Following” fell some for FOX but finished a pretty strong second in its hour. “The Carrie Diaries” improved for the second consecutive week on The CW and hit series highs the network’s teen and young-adult core.

CBS averaged 10.1 million viewers and a 6.3 rating/10 share in households for the night. FOX (9 million, 5.4/8) came in second, a little ahead of ABC (8.1 million, 5.4/8). NBC finished fourth with 4.9 million viewers and a 3.1/5. The CW trailed with 1.2 million viewers and a 0.8/1.

The adults 18-49 title also went to CBS, which drew a 3.1 rating in the demographic. FOX took second with a 2.6. ABC, 2.2, was third, followed by NBC, 1.8, and The CW, 0.5.

]]>8 p.m. CBS: “How I Met Your Mother” (10.3 million viewers, 6.5/10 households)/”Rules of Engagement” season premiere (9.3 million, 5.8/9)
FOX: “Bones” (9 million, 5.4/8)
ABC: “The Bachelor” (7.8 million, 5.2/8)
NBC: “The Biggest Loser” (5.7 million, 3.6/5)
The CW: “The Carrie Diaries” (1.55 million, 1.0/2) 18-49 leader: “How I Met Your Mother” (4.0) 9 p.m. CBS: “2 Broke Girls” (11.2 million, 6.9/10)/”Mike & Molly” (10.7 million, 6.7/10)
FOX: “The Following” (8.9 million, 5.4/8)
ABC: “The Bachelor” (7.8 million, 5.1/8)
NBC: “The Biggest Loser” (5.8 million, 3.6/5)
The CW: “90210” (791,000, 0.6/1) 18-49 leader: “2 Broke Girls” (3.6)

10 p.m. CBS:
“Hawaii Five-0” (9.6 million, 6.1/10)
ABC: “Castle” (8.8 million, 5.8/10)
NBC: “Deception” (3.1 million, 2.2/4) 18-49 leader: “Hawaii Five-0” (2.3)

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