Ratings: With Sheen in Rehab, Men Still Strong; Real Housewives of Atlanta Sets Record
While CBS is making contingency plans because Charlie Sheen's in rehab, a rerun of Two and a Half Men pulled in 11.2 million viewers, more than any Monday prime-time show. Last week, another rerun had 11.4 million people watching, according to Nielsen figures.
Meanwhile, Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta showed up all other editions of Housewives in Sunday's season finale, which became the most-watched episode in the franchise's history.
CBS makes plans while Charlie Sheen's in rehab
The third season finale of Fox's Lie to Me, which aired at 9/8c Monday, had 7.1 million (compared with 7.9 million last week and 5.9 million two weeks ago), and a fresh installment of the CW's Gossip Girl drew 1.5 million (down from last week's 1.6 million).
Meantime, The Cape's downward trajectory on NBC continued, getting 5.1 million viewers compared with last week's 5.7, million, which, in turn, followed 6.1 million and the 8.4 million who watched the premiere. At 9:30, a rerun of CBS' Mike & Molly drew an audience of 9.1 million viewers.
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The sleeper hit Harry's Law avoided being dragged down by The Cape, again winning the 10 o'clock hour with 10.9 million who tuned in —- albeit against reruns of Hawaii Five-0 (6.9 million) and ABC's Castle (6.3 million).
Ever the steady performer this season, The Bachelor wooed an average of some 9.5 million viewers over its two hours (starting at 8/7c). It also scored a season-high rating of 3.2 among 18-to-49-year-olds, up 10 percent from a week ago.
At 8, Fox's Human Target scored 7.8 million, while reruns of How I Met Your Mother and Rules of Engagement (at 8:30) each had about 7.4 million on CBS; Chuck lured 5.6 million on NBC and 90210 nearly 1.8 million on the CW.
Sunday's Season 3 finale of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, drew 4.4 million people — the biggest audience in the Housewives franchise history. Watch What Happens: Live followed with 3.1 million viewers, adding to Bravo's overall ratings mastery, a 46 percent increase among total viewers from a year ago, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Also, MTV's Skins fell yet again, drawing 1.46 million (down from 1.6 million from the week prior) to its third episode Monday.