two and a half men credit sequence TV ratings: 'Two and a Half Men' opens huge, 'Playboy Club' weak MondayFast National ratings for Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

“Two and a Half Men” kicked off the 2011-12 season in grand style, pulling in close to 28 million viewers and a huge 10.3 demographic rating Monday night — basically double its average for original episodes last season. The platform also gave the premiere of “2 Broke Girls” a great launch.

“Dancing With the Stars” was down a good bit from its premiere last year, but it still led ABC to the total-viewer title for the night (helped by a strong premiere for “Castle”). On the other side of the ledger was NBC. Neither “The Sing-Off” nor “The Playboy Club” really gained any traction, leaving the network in a fairly distant fourth place for the night.

ABC’s consistent performance on the night gave it the No. 1 spot in viewers with an average of 16.9 million and a 10.9 rating/16 share in households. CBS (15.7 million, 9.5/14) came in a strong second. There was a big drop to No. 3 FOX (5.9 million, 3.4/5), while NBC (5.1 million, 3.2/5) took fourth. The CW got 1.1 million viewers and a 0.7/1 from a night of repeats.

CBS dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 5.7 rating. ABC took second with a 3.7, followed by FOX at 2.5. NBC came in fourth with a 1.8, and The CW drew a 0.4.

]]>8 p.m.

ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” season premiere (18.4 million viewers, 11.9/18 households)
CBS: “How I Met Your Mother” season premiere (11.75 million, 7.1/11)
FOX: “Hell’s Kitchen” (5.85 million, 3.4/5)
NBC: “The Sing-Off” season premiere (5.65 million, 3.5/5)
The CW: “H8R” rerun (1.2 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: “How I Met Your Mother” (4.9)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Two and a Half Men” season premiere (27.8 million, 16.2/23)/”2 Broke Girls” series premiere (19.15 million, 11.4/16)
ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” (18.7 million, 12.3/18)
FOX: “Hell’s Kitchen” season finale (5.9 million, 3.4/5)
NBC: “The Sing-Off” (4.7 million, 2.8/4)
The CW: “Ringer” rerun (1 million, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: “Two and a Half Men” (10.3)

10 p.m.

ABC: “Castle” season premiere (13.6 million, 8.7/14)
CBS: “Hawaii Five-0″ season premiere (12 million, 7.6/12)
NBC: “The Playboy Club” series premiere (5 million, 3.4/5)

18-49 leader:
“Hawaii Five-0″ (3.4)

Ratings
information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are
preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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