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Monday was a slow post-Oscars night for the networks, especially for CBS. Even though it aired all new episodes of its Monday sitcoms and got a strong performance from How I Met Your Mother, most of its shows hit season lows. With all that bad news, ABC took charge, winning the night.
ABC averaged 9.64 million viewers and a 2.7 18-49 rating on the night, reports The Wrap. The Bachelor took a small hit, drawing 9.1 million viewers and a 2.9 18-49 rating. Castle had a huge night, drawing 10.7 million viewers, although it had the same 2.3 18-49 rating as last week.
Even Fox beat out CBS, drawing 8.56 million viewers and a 2.5 18-49 rating. Bones had 8.67 million viewers, while The Following slid a bit to 8.44 million viewers, notes HitFix.
CBS had a rough night with just 8.21 million viewers and a 2.5 18-49 rating. HIMYM had 8.67 million viewers and a 3.4 18-49 rating, which was actually the best for any single show last night. Everything else hit season lows. Rules of Engagement had 7.8 million viewers and a 2.6 18-49 rating, while 2 Broke Girls scored 10.19 million viewers. EW notes that Mike & Molly tumbled 16 percent to 9.7 million viewers and a 2.7 18-49 rating. Hawaii Five-0 capped the night off with 6.4 million viewers and a 1.4 18-49 rating.
NBC averaged 4.9 million viewers and a 1.8 18-49 rating. Biggest Loser had 5.7 million viewers and a 2.1 18-49 rating, while Deception had 3.2 million and a 1.2 rating. Both shows were about the same as last week.
The CW’s Carrie Diaries had just 1.1 million viewers and a 0.5 18-49 rating. 90210 did worse with just 575,000 and a 0.3 rating.