‘Alcatraz’ and Betty White’s birthday special provide big night for Fox and NBC, but CBS still wins

By Daniel S Levine,
Actress Betty White arrives for a news conference before the taping of "Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl" in Los Angeles January 8, 2012. REUTERS/Sam Mircovich (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Even when NBC and Fox have major prime-time events, the two networks still cannot beat CBS’ line-ups. Fox had its big, two-hour premiere of J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz while NBC aired a special Betty White birthday celebration Monday night, but neither could top new episodes of CBS’ sitcoms.

CBS barely won the night with an average of 11.08 million viewers and a 3.8 18-49 rating, according to HitFix. The 150th episode of How I Met Your Mother drew 10.12 million viewers and a big 4.4 18-49 rating. 2 Broke Girls followed that with 11.29 million viewers and a 4.5 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men drew 12.9 million viewers and a 4.6 18-49 rating, while Mike & Molly had 11.17 million viewers and a 2.9 18-49 rating. Hawaii Five-0 had 10.5 million viewers and a 2.8 18-49 rating.

NBC came in a close second with 10.82 million viewers, but only earned a 2.2 18-49 rating. The 90-minute Betty White birthday special drew 13.9 million viewers, putting it ahead of Two and a Half Men as the night’s most watched program. However, the show was not a big draw to younger viewers, managing just a 2.7 18-49 rating, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The preview episode of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers kept most of those viewers, finishing with 12.2 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating. Rock Center benefited greatly from the special, getting 5.6 million viewers and a 1.3 18-49 rating.

Alcatraz put Fox in third, averaging a sliver under 10 million viewers and a 3.3 18-49 rating, notes Zap2It. As the Reporter notes, the show was Fox’s highest-rated drama premiere since Human Target’s 2010 debut.

ABC also had a decent night, even though it finished third. The network drew a little over 8 million viewers and a 2.4 18-49 rating. The two-hour The Bachelor was up from last week, drawing 7.3 million viewers and a 2.5 18-49 rating. Castle ended the night with 9.4 million viewers and a 2.3 18-49 rating.

The CW aired a new episode of Gossip Girl that drew just 1.3 million viewers and a 0.6 18-49 rating.



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