CBS’ Monday line-up was down across the board — and an NBC news special led its 10 o’clock time slot — on a night featuring atypical viewership due to news coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.
How I Met Your Mother opened The Eye’s night with an audience of 6.6 million total viewers and a 2.6 demo rating, dipping 6 percent and a tenth from its last fresh outing. Leading out of that, Rules of Engagement (6.1 mil/2.0) slipped two tenths to a season low.
Come 9 pm, 2 Broke Girls (7.5 mil/2.3) dropped 14 and 23 percent to an all-time demo low, as did Mike & Molly (7.65 mil/2.2, down 15 percent). Hawaii Five-0‘s “prequel” episode capped CBS’ run with 7.65 mil/1.8, down 11 and 14 percent, matching a series-low demo and placing third in the 10 o’clock hour.
On ABC, Dancing With the Stars drew 13.4 mil/2.2, ticking up a tenth, while Castle (10.4 mil/2.1) dipped 12 percent and a tenth. (Sorry folks, no recap this week, busy with Dallas. Anything good happen…?)
NBC’s The Voice opened Battle Rounds with 14.3 mil and a 5.1, up 2 percent week-to-week and hitting its best numbers since March 12. NBC’s news special drew 8.9 mil/3.1.
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Fox’s Bones (6.5 mil/1.9) and The Following (6.4 mil/2.1) each ticked down a tenth. The CW’s Oh Sit! returned to 1.1 mil and a 0.4, attracting a few more viewers than The Carrie Diaries. 90210 was flat with 560K/0.2.
And a few Sunday notes: HBO’s Game of Thrones drew an all-time high audience of 4.7 million viewers, up from the season opener’s 4.4 mil (and amassing 5.8 mil across multiple airings). Veep’s Season 2 premiere led out of that with 1.2 million viewers, up 11 percent from its freshman finale and its second-most watched episode ever. Over on AMC, after kicking off its sixth season with 3.4 million viewers, Mad Men dropped in Week 2 to 2.7 million.