After Halloween festivities pushed TV usage and ratings down last Monday, most series rebounded last night. Fox’s family-friendly Terra Nova (2.6/6 in adults 18-49), which was hit hardest by trick-or-treating, posted the biggest week-to-week gain, 24%. House (2.7/6) was up 8%. (The two dramas also led all series in Live+3 increases for their Halloween episodes, up 48%.) Fox finished third for the night in 18-49.
Topping the night in that demo was CBS (4.0/10 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers). How I Met Your Mother (4.4/12) and 2 Broke Girls (4.5/11) were both up 7% from their fast nationals last week, Two And A Half Men (5.1/12) was up 9% to rank as the top program of the night in the demo, and Mike & Molly was up 11%. Hawaii Five-0 (3.0/8) was up a tenth from its fast national, flat with the final.
ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (3.3/8) was up a big 21% from last week’s series performance low to post the highest-rated and most-watched performance edition since the season premiere. Meanwhile, Castle, the only series to buck the downward trend on Halloween with a 21% ratings increase, once again swam against current, down 14% from its fast national last Monday. ABC (3.1/8, 15.8 million) was No. 1 for the night in total viewers and second to CBS in 18-49.
Monday Night Football on ESPN also rebounded, posting a 11.7 metered market average, up 34% from last week and 17% from the corresponding game last year. Then we have NBC, which didn’t move the needle: The Sing-Off (1.4/3) was flat with last Monday as was Rock Center With Brian Williams (1.0/3), which didn’t get a bump from the 30 Rock crossover (series creator/star Tina Fey was a guest), matching its underwhelming series premiere last week. NBC finished tied for fourth place in 18-49 with Univision. The CW’s Gossip Girl (1.3 million, 0.6/1) was on par with its last original two weeks ago, while Hart Of Dixie (1.4 million, 0.6/1) fell 25% from its series high the same Monday.
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