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Two and a Half Men started so big that even a fourth consecutive week of decline has still left it with enviable numbers.
The Ashton Kutcher-led CBS sitcom at 9/8c entertained 16.20 million fans and scored a 5.9 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds Monday night. Most network shows that night hit season lows up against the major league playoffs on Fox, as well as Monday Night Football -- which scored 16.38 million viewers --and Kim Kardashian's "fairy-tale" wedding. Some 4.39 million people and 3.98 million watched the two-part wedding extravaganza Sunday and Monday nights, respectively, on E!
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The American League Division Series contest between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers ran more than 50 minutes into the first hour of prime time, garnering 6.57 million fans and a 1.9 rating in the prized demo while pushing back both scheduled Fox shows. Meanwhile, CBS sitcoms How I Met Your Mother lured 8.89 million fans (4.0) and 2 Broke Girls 10.71 million (4.3) and The CW's Gossip Girl 1.27 million (0.6).
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Also starting at 8, Dancing with the Stars averaged the night's highest viewership at 16.79 million (3.0), and NBC's The Sing-Off 4.35 million (1.5 rating) over two hours.
In prime time's middle hour, Terra Nova skidded to 7 million — down from last week's 8.31 million viewers, which itself marked about an 8 percent decrease from its debut. After a 3.1 demo rating in the first two weeks, the Fox sci-fi thriller sank to a 2.5. The third episode of The CW's Hart of Dixie fell to 1.57 million and a 0.6 from 1.78 million and a 0.8.
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Following Men, Week 3 of Mike & Molly lured 11.65 million (3.9) — a big drop-off from last week (13.24 million /4.3).
In prime time's final hour, NBC threw in the towel, running a repeat of Prime Suspect to replace The Playboy Club, which became the first cancellation of the 2011-12 TV season last week. The rerun got 2.92 million people (0.7). ABC's Castle nabbed the most viewers in the slot for the fourth straight week — 10.23 million (2.1) — vs. CBS' Hawaii Five-0 with 10.07 million (2.7). An hour later than usual because of the game, House called on 6.85 million (2.7).