fear factor ratings TV ratings: 'Fear Factor' makes a solid return to NBC, CBS comedies rule MondayFast national ratings for Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

The return of “Fear Factor” to NBC after a five-year absence was greeted with pretty good ratings — and way better numbers than anything Peacock has aired on Mondays in the past couple years. CBS ended up leading the night by a wide margin, though, as it had nearly a full complement of original episodes while ABC and FOX weren’t at full strength.

CBS averaged just above 12 million viewers and a 7.4 rating/11 share in households Monday night, coasting to a win over NBC (7.1 million, 4.1/6). FOX took third with 5.7 million viewers and a 3.4/5. ABC (4.3 million, 2.6/4) came in fourth, and The CW trailed with 1.4 million viewers and a 0.8/1.

The adults 18-49 win also went to CBS, which earned a 3.6 rating in the demographic. NBC’s 2.6 was good for second, while FOX finished third with a 1.8. ABC averaged 1.1 and The CW 0.5.

]]>8 p.m. CBS: “2 Broke Girls” (12.5 million viewers, 7.6/12 households)/”2 Broke Girls” rerun (10.25 million, 6.4/9)
NBC: “Fear Factor” premiere (8.7 million, 5.0/8)
FOX: “Terra Nova” (7 million, 4.1/6)
ABC: Special – “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” (5.3 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: “Hart of Dixie” rerun (1.4 million, 0.9/1) 18-49 leader: “2 Broke Girls” (4.1) 9 p.m. CBS: “Two and a Half Men” (14.7 million, 9.1/13)/“Mike & Molly” (12.8 million, 7.9/12)
NBC: “Fear Factor” (8.5 million, 4.6/7)
FOX: “House” rerun (4.4 million, 2.7/4)
ABC: “You Deserve It” (3.4 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: “Hart of Dixie” rerun (1.3 million, 0.8/1) 18-49 leader: “Two and a Half Men” (4.6) 10 p.m. CBS: “Hawaii Five-0” (10.9 million, 6.9/11)
ABC: “Castle” rerun (4.2 million, 2.8/4)
NBC: “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (4 million, 2.7/4) 18-49 leader: “Hawaii Five-0” (2.8)

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