The premiere of NBC's Harry's Law showed it has appeal, ruling the last hour of prime time with 11 million viewers.
At 9, The Bachelor continued to be a steady performer averaging 8.9 million viewers (following Week 2's audience of 8.4 million, and about 9 million for the ABC show's Season 15 premiere two weeks ago.)
As usual, it finished second to the CBS sitcom tandem of Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly, which drew audiences of 15.5 million viewers and 13 million, respectively. The Cape displayed shrinking superhero powers with viewers, averaging about 6.1 million — down 27 percent from the 8.4 million who watched the premiere just a weekend ago — while Fox's Lie to Me pulled in some 5.9 million viewers during the hour. On the CW, a Gossip Girl rerun got just 708,000.
During prime time's first hour Monday, viewership was up from a week ago when the networks punted all night (with repeats) against ESPN's college football national championship.
How I Met Your Mother had 10.5 million viewers (vs. last week's 7.4 million viewers) and Rules of Engagement had 9.8 million (vs. 6.7 million) on CBS; Chuck did 5.9 million (vs. 3 million) on NBC and a 90210 rerun grabbed 1 million (vs. 950,000) on the CW to round out the night.
The Disney Channel announced that the series finale of Hannah Montana had 6.2 million viewers on Sunday. Throughout its run, starting in March 2006, the show starring Miley Cyrus ranked as the No. 1 cable series among kids aged 6-to-11 and tweens aged 9-to-14 three years: 2006, 2007 and 2010.
CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight piqued the curiosity of 2.1 million viewers Monday night, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. CNN said it was 219 percent higher than the average audience in last year's fourth quarter, when Larry King Live bowed out after a quarter-century.
And Monday's debut of Skins, MTV's newest scripted series, drew 3.26 million viewers.