Nellie Andreeva

There was encouraging news last night for modestly rated freshman CBS comedy Partners. As the CBS Monday lineup returned from a three-week break, Partners (2.1/5) was even with its most recent airing while all other CBS series were down. The hold may be enough to clinch the series a back episodic order. Partners is the only new fall series that launched early in the season not to get a script or episodic pickup. Of the other CBS shows last night, How I Met Your Mother (2.8/7) was down 13% from three weeks ago to a season low, 2 Broke Girls (3.3/8) was down a tenth to tie its series low, Mike & Molly (2.8/7) was down 7% and Hawaii Five-0 (2.0/5) was down 5%.

NBC once again topped the night in adults 18-49, though its fast nationals may be inflated because of an NFL pre-emption in New Orleans. The Voice (4.5/11) was down 6% from last week, while Revolution (2.9/8) was down a tenth to a series low.

Look who’s back! Fox’s all-but-canceled freshman drama The Mob Doctor (1.0/2) made a return to the schedule after a four-week hiatus and was actually up a tenth from its last original. Its lead-in, Bones (2.0/5), was even with its last outing four weeks ago. ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (2.1/5) was down 9% from last week to tie its lowest-rated performance show ever. Castle (1.9/5) was down 14% to tie its series low.

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