What do Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, and Hawaii Five-O add up to? A whole lot of ratings. (Not nine, but nice try, nerd!) We’re just three weeks into the new fall season, and it seems CBS’ Monday night line-up may be the strongest contender yet for must-watch TV.
The numbers are in and the network managed to edge out Fox, which had the return of House; ABC, lead by Dancing with the Stars; and NBC, which came in fourth, despite a boost from the on-the-ratings-rise The Sing-Off. Interest is only slightly waning for Two and a Half Men and its newcomer Ashton Kutcher (ratings were down 18 percent from last week, but the sitcom still had a staggering 17.2 million, 6.1), as well as Mike & Molly (a slight 11 percent drop with 13.2 million, 4.3, and right off the heels of star Melissa McCarthy’s Saturday Night Live success), and freshman series 2 Broke Girls continue to rake it in. The rest of their Monday night line-up did just as well, including fan favorites How I Met Your Mother and Hawaii Five-O.
But will these impressive numbers continue for CBS? Has the Ashton factor on Two and a Half Men already started to wear off, or will the endless chatter about his possible split from Demi Moore prompt folks to watch his every move? Can 2 Broke Girls keep their momentum if the quality of the show doesn’t live up to its once-promising potential? Or is Monday night on CBS, plain and simple, the strongest line-up currently on television? READ FULL STORY »